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Preview: Warriors face Grizzlies on the road without Draymond Green

Is this a rivalry?

Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors snapped their two game losing streak in emphatic fashion Sunday evening, welcoming star guard Klay Thompson back from a 941-day injury hiatus with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Their reward? A battle against the Memphis Grizzlies, who as of late of been something of a thorn in the side of the Thompson-less Dubs. Since the 2019-2020 season when Thompson began his grueling rehab, Memphis has a 5-4 advantage over Golden State in head to head matchups, including eliminating GSW from the play-in tournament last year and handing them their first defeat of this season.

The Dubs got some measure of revenge with a tough win around Christmas 2021. But to win Tuesday’s rubber match they’ll have to do it without Draymond Green, their do-it-all emotional leader.

No Dray, with GP2 and OPJ questionable? That could make it tough against a Grizzlies team that is only growing in confidence. They are currently the #4 seed in the West with a record of 28-14, and are fresh off of a beatdown of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Memphis has won nine straight after losing to Golden State last time, and they’ll be eager to get some payback on what apparently is a new rivalry between the two clubs. I’m sure Klay Thompson will be eager to find more of his rhythm against them.

Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies

January 11th, 2022 | 5:00 PT

Watch: NBC Sports Bay Area, NBA TV | Listen: 95.7 The Game

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  • 31%
    The Dubs can’t beat Grit-n-Grind without Dray
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    The Splash Bros are going to dominate them for a W
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