Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry and Memphis grizzlies star Ja Morant traded buckets and jabs throughout the first game of the Semi Conference Finals, which the Dubs won (117-116) in a thrilling blood bath of a match. The battle of point guards proved to be worth the hype as both went at it from the get-go.
Morant talked way too early.
Morant, who had a stellar performance putting up a near triple-double of 34 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds, yelled, "He can't guard me!" right in front of the Warriors after scoring a floater to end the first half.
Maybe it was to send a message or just being fueled by the emotions he was feeling at that time, but Morant should've known what was coming. Towards the end of the game, Curry took the challenge of guarding Morant, and boy, did the three-time champion put the clamps on the rising superstar.
Curry sealed the game for the Warriors by blocking Morant's potential game-winning shot and served him some humble pie for dancing and talking smack way too early.
A costly loss for the Grizzlies
Morant shouldn't have trash-talked at the end of the first half as the Warriors came out of the locker room steaming. Led by the three-guard lineup of Poole, Curry, and Klay Thompson, the Dubs had a 36-point third quarter and led most of the fourth quarter.
The Warriors' championship experience reigned supreme against the young Grizzlies squad as they exchanged buckets down the stretch. It was the Warriors who got the last laugh.
This was the game that Memphis should've taken advantage of, especially since defensive specialist Draymond Green was ejected in the first half. The Grizzlies had no answer for Jordan Poole, who recorded 31 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds. The Warriors also outrebounded the Grizzlies (51 over 47) and did their damage most in the paint, where they scored 56 of their points.
Now, the pressure is on Morant and the Grizzlies to win one on the road and turn the series around. The Warriors, who are undefeated on their home court so far in the playoffs, are looking as dangerous as they were years ago. Their poise, high IQ, resilience, and experience outplayed Morant's Grizzlies in game one, who should've kept his mouth shut until the end of the game.
Now, the challenge for Morant is far more significant than what he faced in round one. He should've known that this was the Warriors he was talking to. The Warriors aren't the Timberwolves, and they're probably going to remember all the trash talk and dancing Morant did in game one.