Another “NBA This Week” in the books and this was a unique one. First, we did it on a Sunday and second, we did it from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, leading into that night’s Warriors-Kings game.
Great venue. No doubt about it.
The main theme on this week’s show was the Warriors’ stunning collapse against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. The Warriors blew a 24-point second half lead, and fell 128-119 in overtime. The Warriors completely lost it: they couldn’t score down the stretch; couldn’t deter Memphis’ big front line; and couldn’t stop arguing among themselves.
We also welcomed Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and former Sacramento Kings guard Doug Christie to the show, for their takes on the Warriors, Kings, and, yes, what happened Friday night.
The last few Warriors’ possessions in regulation against Memphis were fascinating. With three of the game’s most prolific scorers in the game, it almost seemed like the Warriors had no idea where to go with the game on the line. Kevin Durant called for it from Stephen Curry, then proceeded to take a contested 25-footer, all the while Draymond Green was throwing a fit in the corner. Then Green had an animated conversation for all to see with Durant.
If the Warriors’ problems were just relegated to offense, they still would have been fine. But defensively they couldn’t do anything against the Grizzlies’ interior. The Warriors’ complete lack of physicality was on full display, particularly in the last 17 minutes when the Grizzlies outscored Golden State 49-21.
Other topics included whether or not the Rockets can challenge Golden State and if San Antonio can catch the Warriors for best record and home-court advantage. Can Sacramento hang in there and claim the No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference? How does Cleveland’s acquisition of Kyle Korver impact their matchup with Golden State?