The Memphis Grizzlies travel to San Francisco to play the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on Monday. The Grizzlies (6-16) come into this matchup losing nine of their last 10 games and it’s clear that they’re fully-fledged in the midst of a rebuild. The most important part about doing a rebuild is having young pieces to build around. They definitely have that, with Jaren Jackson Jr and Ja Morant running the show. What’s even more encouraging is the fact that Morant is expected to return here after missing the last week because of a back issue. Getting the potential Rookie of the Year back is obviously a huge bonus and what it really does is allow the rebuilding to continue. The next step is to get Jackson to stop fouling though, as he currently has the worst foul rate in the NBA. The Warriors (5-19) are in the midst of a rebuilding season themselves and they’ve truly dug quite the hole. It’s no fault of their own though, as an injury to Stephen Curry really put the nail in the coffin. He was expected to take on a much bigger role this season with Kevin Durant going to Brooklyn but a broken hand ruined any MVP aspirations he may have had. It’s not just him though. as they’ve also had to deal with injuries from guys like Klay Thompson, D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green. The good news is that Russell and Green both returned recently and they’ll do all they can to get this team out of this hole. One major thing they need to work on is their inept defense, with the Warriors ranked 27th in defensive efficiency. That’s no surprise when looking at the personnel and it’s a wonder what this team will look like over the coming months. Golden State won the first meeting between these teams, 114-95, on November 19. That marked the Warriors fifth win in their last six games against the Grizzlies.
December 10, 2019