The 2021-22 NBA playoffs continue. Golden State Warriors ushered in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies. After the game, the Grizzlies beat the Warriors 134-95 to tie the series to 2-3.
On the Warriors side, Stephen Curry had only 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
It is undeniable that both the Warriors and the Grizzlies emphasize teamwork and the speed of offense-defense transition. But in some specific details, the two teams are different after all.
And if the biggest difference, of course, is that the Warriors have Curry.
A statistic shows that when Curry played against the Grizzlies this season, he averaged an astonishing 36.3 points, 7 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. On the court, the Warriors also relied on Curry’s superstar performance, setting off a reversal storm with 18 points in the final quarter.
But coming to today’s game, Curry has experienced incredible things.
In the first quarter, the development of the game was fairly normal, and the Warriors were still able to entangle with the Grizzlies at both ends of the offense and defense. In the latter part of this section, Curry found some feeling and made two three-pointers. Although the state was a little slow, it still remained within a reasonable range as a whole.
However, the development of the battle after that was completely beyond Curry’s expectations. From the second quarter, the Warriors fell into a continuous passive, and both offensive and defensive ends gradually lost their ability to resist.
In the second quarter, after a free throw and a 3-pointer, Curry had already scored in double figures. But this has almost become his last offensive contribution of the game. On the defensive end, the Warriors are also completely out of control. They can’t resist the Grizzlies’ mad attack. The overall system is already riddled with holes.
In the next game, the Grizzlies led to 30 points, 40 points, or even 50 points. In the face of the Grizzlies’ onslaught, the Warriors could no longer fight back. They only hoped that the game would end soon.
At one point, in the latter part of the third quarter, the score gap widened to 55 points. Perhaps, the famous 58 tragedy in the past will be rewritten on the Warriors and on Curry.
Fortunately, the Warriors surrendered in advance, and the game entered garbage time in advance at the end of the third quarter, and when the opponent surrendered, the Grizzlies did not continue to attack.
In the final quarter, thanks to the efforts of the bench players, the Warriors recovered the point difference a little and saved some face.
But at this time, the camera swept across Curry on the bench, but he was blank, thinking about the void.
Obviously, this loss is quite rare in Curry’s career. However, compared to lamentation and disappointment, the most important thing for Curry and the Warriors now is to stop the loss in time. After all, the Warriors still hold match points and have the initiative to break through. And back at home, they can only hope to curb the almost crazy counterattack momentum of the Grizzlies if they show a completely different state from the game.