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Warriors lose to shorthanded Grizzlies 116-107 despite Draymond Green’s return

The Warriors are lost and some big changes cannot come soon enough.

Golden State Warriors v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors fell to 18-22 on the season after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies 116-107 on Monday night. The Grizzlies entered the day with the sixth-worst record in the NBA and were missing a laundry list of key players. Yet, even that floundering Memphis team dealing with injuries to Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Marcus Smart, Derrick Rose, Brandon Clarke, and Steven Adams was able to come out on top against the Dubs.

The Warriors may be tempted to cite an excellent shooting night from the Grizzlies bench as the source of their demise. Memphis’s bench finished the game shooting 18-for-34 from the field and 11-for-20 from three for 57 points. GG Jackson was easily the standout from the group, needing just 9 field-goal attempts to rack up 23 points alongside 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and a game-high +23 plus/minus.

Yet, that would only tell a portion of the story. Yes, the Grizzlies made 20 threes, but their bench’s offensive efficiency was balanced out by a horrendous scoring night from their starting lineup. Jaren Jackson Jr., the Grizzlies lone usual core piece who was available, was an abysmal 4-for-20 from the field (3-for-14 from three).

Golden State was less impressive from behind-the-arc and that discrepancy was even harder to overcome because of a massive gap in free-throw attempts. The Grizzlies got to the line 40 times over the course of the game, four times more than the Dubs.

Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Jonathan Kuminga were the Warriors three biggest offensive contributors. Curry scored a game-high 26 points and added 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Wiggins finished with a Warriors-best +9 plus/minus, recording 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Off the bench, Kuminga scored 20 points and nabbed 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

In his first game back from a suspension, Draymond Green played just over 23 minutes and recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal. He was also among just three Dubs who finished the game with a positive plus/minus.

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