The NBA commemorates Martin Luther King Day with Monday’s nationally televised matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies. The game will be played at 3:00PM PT in Memphis and can be watched on TNT and NBC Sports Bay Area.
Previously with the Warriors:
Golden State has a lot to be proud of despite Saturday’s 129-118 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks. With Stephen Curry sitting out the game due to rest, it was up to his teammates to pick up the slack. While they came up short in the end, they competed hard against a good Milwaukee team that ranks second in the Eastern Conference standings.
Steve Kerr is pleased with Warriors' effort in consecutive nights after he felt they lost their spirit in "embarrassing" fashion over last homestand pic.twitter.com/4aVYnS89ed— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 14, 2024
Young guys such as third-year forward Jonathan Kuminga and rookie Brandin Podziemski continue to make legitimate contributions to the team. The two led the Warriors in scoring with 28 and 23 points, respectively.
PODZ SIZES UP GIANNIS AND HITS STEP-BACK THREE pic.twitter.com/W7PtO58X6R— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 14, 2024
What to watch for tonight:
Golden State will face off against a Memphis team that ranks 13th in the West with a record of 14-25. The Grizzlies have been absolutely decimated by injuries this season, playing without key starters such as Ja Morant, Marcus Smart, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Steven Adams. Now, the team will be down their leading scorer in Desmond Bane, who will miss the next six weeks due to an ankle injury.
Grizzlies say Desmond Bane has a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 15, 2024
Meanwhile, the Warriors will be getting a much-needed boost to their roster as Draymond Green is expected to make his return after being suspended for 16 games.
After missing 16 games, Warriors star Draymond Green is expected to return vs. Grizzlies in Memphis on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. pic.twitter.com/Q13vFRbJ85— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 14, 2024
It will be interesting to see how the Warriors approach Green’s return to the rotation. Kuminga has thrived in his bigger role since Green’s absence, scoring double digit points in 19-consecutive games. Although the Warriors desperately need Kuminga’s rim pressure on offense, they just as much need Green’s ability to stabilize the team on the other side of the floor where they rank 24th in the NBA in defensive rating. Because of this, expect the two to share the floor often with Green playing most of his minutes at the center position.
It should be a fun game. Enjoy the basketball Dub Nation. GO WARRIORS!!!
Warriors: Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson, Dario Saric, Kevon Looney
Grizzlies: Jacob Gilyard, Luke Kennard, Vince Williams Jr., David Roddy, Xavier Tillman Sr.
How to watch Regular Season Game #40
Who: Golden State Warriors (18 - 21) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (14 - 25)
When: Monday, January 15th, at 3:00 p.m. PT
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
TV: TNT and NBC Sports Bay Area (available on fuboTV)