National Basketball Association
Memphis at Golden State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, December 17, 2018
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
The Memphis Grizzlies are struggling to score points while dropping four of their last five games and are about to go up against one of the best scoring teams in the NBA. The Grizzlies will try to avoid a third consecutive setback when they begin a four-game road trip by visiting the defending-champion Golden State Warriors on Monday.
Memphis failed to reach 100 points in any of its last five games but still feels that the problems start at the defensive end. "It's a broken record with this team, but we have to defend," veteran guard Garrett Temple told reporters while looking ahead to the Warriors. "We have to finish possessions because they have that whole team back. We've got to figure out ways to put them in uncomfortable situations, limit them to one shot, and get some easy baskets, slow down the pace because they obviously like to run." The Warriors exploded for 130 points in a five-point triumph over Sacramento on Friday, bouncing back from a 113-93 home loss to the East-leading Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Golden State All-Stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 95 points in Friday's triumph.
10:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS Southeast (Memphis), NBCS Bay Area (Golden State)ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (16-13):
Rookie point guard Jevon Carter made his NBA debut on Saturday with 22 minutes off the bench and scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting. "It's just part of the game," Carter told reporters of waiting until Dec. 15 to make his debut after being drafted in the second round. "It's a process. Every day I come in here, I work, and I just wait. I just give my best effort - being a good teammate on the bench for these guys. I love these guys, so whatever I can do to help is what I'll do." Carter provided a compliment to starting point guard Mike Conley, who scored a team-high 22 points in the 105-97 loss to the Houston Rockets.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (20-10):
Power forward Draymond Green did not join his fellow All-Stars in lighting up the scoreboard on Friday but had just as big a hand in the offensive explosion while handing out 10 assists and grabbing 14 rebounds. Green totaled 11 points in three games since returning from a toe injury but is averaging 9.7 rebounds and eight assists in that span. Durant was one of the few Golden State players to have some success with 30 points on 13-of-22 shooting in the loss to the Raptors and followed that with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Friday's victory.BUZZER BEATERS
1. Warriors SF Andre Iguodala (hip) sat out the last three games and is questionable for Monday.
2. Grizzlies SG MarShon Brooks, who had his name bandied about in trade discussions on Friday, scored seven points in 13 minutes off the bench Saturday.
3. Golden State took the last three in the series, including a 117-101 home win on Nov. 5.PREDICTION:
Warriors 113, Grizzlies 98
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