The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors with a final score of 116-107 on Monday, January 15 (Tuesday, Manila Time).
Green, who received an indefinite ban from the NBA last month for hitting Phoenix Suns player Jusuf Nurkic, participated in the game for 23 minutes as a substitute.
Kerr and Green emphasized that even the lesser-known players on the deep bench of the Memphis team have made it to the NBA, indicating their talent and ability to compete.
Green stated that the Warriors need to take pride in their performance and approach every opponent, regardless of available players, with consistent intensity.
The match remained competitive, with neither team securing a double-digit lead in the initial three quarters. Memphis managed a 10-1 run in the fourth quarter, establishing a 110-98 lead with four minutes remaining. This proved sufficient for Memphis to break their two-game losing streak.
“Draymond played well, played hard — it’s good to have him back,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the loss. “Obviously as a team we didn’t play well, but Draymond competed and it’s good to get him back in the fold.”
“We played very poorly defensively, but a lot of that had to do with our offense,” Kerr said. “Nineteen turnovers that turned into 30 points.
“Their game plan was simple: Shoot as many 3s as possible, and get into transition as often as possible. For us to foul 25 times to their 12, that’s the story. They just played a really clean game,” he added.
Stephen Curry was the top scorer for the Warriors, contributing 26 points and eight assists, while Jonathan Kuminga achieved 20 points and secured 11 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins also made a notable contribution with 16 points.
Meanwhile, the game experienced lower-than-anticipated attendance, attributed to temperatures in the teens and approximately 6 inches of snow in Memphis.
Due to expected crowd impact from wintry conditions, the Grizzlies announced a ticket exchange for attendees unable to attend. The options are the games on January 23 against Orlando, January 29 against Sacramento Kings, or February 1 against the Cavaliers.
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