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“Whoop that trick” — the Grizzlies served Steph Curry and the Warriors a 39-point slice of humble pie

The Dubs trailed by as many as 55 points and couldn't buy a bucket to save their lives.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry

Steph Curry

Moments before Game 5 between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies tip-off, ESPN's Kendra Andrews asked Steph Curry how his team could close out the series. Curry kept his answer short: "Whoop that trick," which also pertains to the theme song the Grizzlies play on their homecourt in between games and after a victory.

When the whooper becomes the trick

Curry's statement ended up biting him after the Warriors suffered their worst playoff loss (134-95) since 2014. The Dubs trailed by as many as 55 points and couldn't buy a bucket to save their lives. Curry was held to just 14 points on 3-8 shooting from the 3-point area.

The Dubs had 22 turnovers and gave up 18 offensive rebounds. To say that it was a miserable night for the Warriors is an understatement.

So, of course, the Grizzlies took this opportunity to punk Curry and the Warriors back by playing their theme song during a timeout. At least Curry and Draymond Green kept their heads up and made the most out of the moment by dancing and barking along with the roaring Grizzlies crowd.

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The credit goes to this Ja Morant-less Memphis squad for their adjustments and showing up despite being on the verge of elimination. Led by Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane, and Tyus Jones, who all had 21 points each, the Grizzlies shot 47.5% from the field, knocked down 43.9% of their 3-point shots, and scored 77 points by halftime.

The Grizzlies came in prepared and made Curry look like a fool for talking trash before the game.

It ain't over till the final buzzer says so

As the series shifts back to Golden State, the Warriors need to bring their A-game in order to finally close out the series. This Grizzlies team isn't the type to fold, and they're going to keep fighting until the final buzzer.

Even without Morant, this Memphis team had an offensive rating of 130.1, which means they have what it takes to be a threat even without their best player.

Hopefully, Curry and the Warriors learned their lesson and the importance of not playing with their food. Blame it on a poor shooting night, off night for all their key rotation pieces, or even their defense, but there's no excuse for a championship contender to embarrassingly lose in this kind of fashion.

Because if there's one thing the Warriors don't want to do again, it's to blow a 3-1 lead in the Playoffs. 

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