Having misplaced Game 1 earlier than rebounding to win their first-round sequence towards Minnesota, the Grizzlies are leaning on that have as they attempt to even the sequence towards Golden State on Tuesday in Game 2.
“[Losing Game 1 two weeks ago] taught us that it is a long series,” level guard Tyus Jones mentioned on Monday. “Not to weigh too much on one game but also to correct things quickly. You got to learn from [the Game 1 loss]. It doesn’t mean the series is over.”
Despite the truth that the Grizzlies completed with 56 wins and the second-best report within the NBA this season, they do not have the playoff and championship expertise that many Warriors like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala do.
Entering this sequence, the Warriors had mixed to play 670 profession playoff video games whereas the Grizzlies had 198, based on analysis by ESPN Stats & Information.
“What, are we not supposed to show up tomorrow?” ahead Kyle Anderson mentioned when requested concerning the Warriors’ huge benefit in playoff expertise. “We don’t really pay attention to that. We are trying to win the series.”
After dropping on Sunday, the Grizzlies caught to their similar routine after dropping Game 1, 130-117, to Minnesota. They watched movie and broke down changes and areas for enchancment. Memphis went on to win Game 2 by 28 factors. They took 4 of the following 5 video games from the Timberwolves after their series-opening loss.
“The obvious thing to notice is how tough-minded they are,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “Two of those four [wins], maybe three of the four, they were down double figures in the fourth quarter.”
Kerr added: “They are a young, up-and-coming team. Great athleticism. Taylor [Jenkins] does an amazing job with them. They are deep … we have been through this before. You win one game, you move on to the next one.”
Memphis is aware of it can not let any frustration from dropping Game 1, which noticed Green ejected within the first half for a flagrant 2 foul, linger into Game 2.
“A lot of confidence,” Jenkins mentioned of what he sensed from the crew on Monday. “A lot of encouragement. I told the guys I am super excited we lost by one. We did some good things and we did some things that are definitely within our control that we can do a whole lot better.
“And we have now responded all season lengthy. We responded final sequence. Obviously a unique stage of playoffs now within the second spherical, however our guys have all the time proven that skill to show that web page, get higher, perceive the place we have to be pissed off. But additionally inspired that we performed tremendous laborious, misplaced by one. We can beat this crew if we play to the requirements and capabilities that we’re able to.”