The Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies meet Thursday night in a rematch of last season’s final play-in tournament game. The Grizzlies won that contest, denying the Warriors a playoff opportunity last year. Both teams have been on fire to start the season and have high expectations for the season.
The Grizzlies are in a big year for Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and head coach Taylor Jenkins. After a playoff appearance last season via the play-in tournament, Memphis has high expectations. Morant is becoming a star and Jackson Jr. is ascending as a big man. Jenkins needs to show he can build on last season’s playoff berth. An early win over a contender would be seen as some progress.
Stephen Curry continues to produce massive numbers and has a better unit around him this year. Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins have raised their play but the biggest addition might be Nemanja Bjelica, who is proving to be an excellent fit in Golden State’s system. The Warriors are clicking on all cylinders and still get to welcome Klay Thompson back at some point in the year.
Game date: Thursday, October 28
Game time: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV channel: BS-SE, NBCSN Bay Area
Live stream: NBA League Pass