Memphis, Conley Too Much for Golden State

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee, center, is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23), guard Klay Thompson, second from left, and guard Shaun Livingston (34) during the first half of Game 2 in a second-round NBA playoff basketball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Memphis beat Golden State last night 97-90 in the Oracle. It wasn’t that close. Mike Conley, coming off a broken face and playing his first game in ten days was the best player on the court for this night.

Memphis is a defensive team that has the formula in beating GS and with the now playing Mike Conley, have the offensive schemes and pace to give the Warriors a big let down in their run for the NBA title this year. Fact is, Memphis has much the greater playoff experience, has the perimeter defenders to limit MVP Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and the two inside bigs in Zac Randolph and Marc Gasol to shove the ball down the Warriors throat.

Golden State does not scare Memphis as Tony Allen all but said last night after the win.

“He can shoot the ball pretty good and he got a nice handle,” Allen said when asked what makes Curry special. “But it ain’t nothing I ain’t never seen before.”

Miked-up last night for the TNT broadcast, Allen continued to repeat during game action “first team all-defense” as he referred to his skills on defense. He gave GS all they wanted and garnered four steals. Yes, Allen and the Memphis bunch played like winners and enjoyed the atmosphere of the road.

As this series continues, look for Memphis to dominate as they are much the better team. Curry and Thompson must play better than last night. Conley’s control of pace is a killer for GS, limiting Curry and Thompson from going off with a big run. Memphis in 6.

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