Warriors vs Grizzlies: NBA Playoffs 2021: Stephen Curry has no concerns about his Golden State Warriors bouncing back quickly from the sting of losing to LeBron James and the defending champion Lakers in their first play-in game.
He’s seen his teammates do it for the past month just to put themselves in this position.
And there’s no choice now if Golden State wants to get back to the playoffs, with a familiar, hungry Memphis team standing in the way.
“It is a win-or-go-home scenario,” Curry said. “We’ve had high confidence and put together a string of wins and then had a tough loss and had to bounce back. So we’ve been there.”
“We can feel the energy from our crowd and it’s so much fun to have fans back. That’s what we all do this for — this feeling of competition and success when facing a great team. That’s a great feeling.” – Coach Kerr pic.twitter.com/C0mSdY5WIg
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 20, 2021
Warriors coach Steve Kerr is counting on veteran stars Curry and Draymond Green guiding Golden State after an emotional 103-100 defeat Wednesday at Los Angeles and coming through against Memphis on Friday night in another high-stakes game at home, where this group went 6-0 to end the regular season.
“Steph, Draymond, (Kevon Looney), those guys have been in the playoffs year after year,” Kerr said. “This is what the playoffs are about. Every game is hugely emotional and you always have to respond one way or the other, whether you’re coming off a win or you’re coming off a loss.”
It’s the Grizzlies coming with some momentum after they eliminated the San Antonio Spurs 100-96 in the first Western Conference play-in game Wednesday night.
“Our plan is to pack for a three-game road trip,” Grizzlies guard Ja Morant said.
The Warriors came out on top during the last meeting between these teams, beating Memphis 113-101 at Chase Center in the regular-season finale Sunday that determined the play-in tournament seeding.
So, Curry and Co. will now host the Grizzlies for the second time in six days vying for a spot in the playoffs. This time the winner moves on and the loser heads home for the offseason.
“I think it will be very challenging. It’s pretty much playoffs, everybody’s trying to win, everybody’s going to play their hearts out,” Golden State’s Juan Toscano-Anderson said. “This is a good team.”