With the series tied for Game 3 with three full days off, the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors will be well rested for this critical game Saturday night. Ja Morant had the best performance of the NBA playoffs in Game 2, so the momentum is on the Grizzlies’ side even with the Warriors stealing a game from the Fedex Forum.
Dillon Brooks will miss Game 3 due to a one-game suspension, so coach Taylor Jenkins will have a major challenge overcoming his absence. His contributions on both sides of the court have been huge in this year’s playoffs, so role players like De’Anthony Melton or Ziaire Williams need to take their game to the next level in Game 3. Morant needs to maintain his superb numbers for the Grizzlies to stand a legitimate chance against the Warriors’ veteran roster, but these are a few adjustments Memphis needs to make for Game 3.
Grizzlies Game 3 Adjustments They Need To Make Without Dillon Brooks
Prevent the loud crowd from exploding
It’s a given that the Warriors crowd gives opponents lasting headaches as they could easily be rattled by the noise and jeers of the crowd. To prevent that from happening, Memphis can control the fans by perfectly defending the three-point line and not giving Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Jordan Poole the chance to rack up multiple long-range bombs in succession.
Even though the game is close most of the time, Golden State could pull off an easy win simply because of its absolute dominance in the three-point category. Additionally, the Grizzlies must also have no fewer than 15 turnovers in Games 3 and 4, respectively, as these would lead to a plethora of quick-breaking opportunities and give the crowd an opening to influence the outcome. of these competitions. Memphis is a young team, but they need to realize that home-court advantage is a serious advantage in the NBA Playoffs.
Hit the glass on the undersized warriors
Another facet of basketball in which Memphis must have the upper hand in every game is the rebound battle. In Games 1 and 2, Golden State was more aggressive and assertive in catching loose balls and playing hustle despite the undersized size. Moving to San Francisco for Games 3 and 4, it would seem insurmountable for Memphis to find a way to win if it continues to trend.
Xavier Tillman started in fourth place in this series, but Jenkins might consider using Steven Adams for some stretches when Kevon Looney is down. That would be around 12-15 minutes per game, and Adams could grab over five rebounds and prove his case as one of the league’s best rebounders. In addition, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Kyle Anderson could still help in this category because the rebound cannot solely depend on the emergence of Brandon Clarke.
Find a spark plug among their actors
Melton will probably be inserted by Jenkins in the first unit, so he must be even better than he was in the first two games of the series. His value has been outstanding as an underrated 3-and-D wing for Memphis, but he may need to keep it up for more than 30 minutes in Game 3. Another shooter who could space the floor for Morant is Tyus Jones. and the Grizzlies, but having two point guards on the ground at the same time isn’t an ideal scenario for Memphis.
Jenkins may prefer using Melton, Williams or Anderson because of the size and length they can provide to disrupt the Warriors’ offensive firepower. If three of those people are able to register at least eight points each, that would be a total of 24 scorers, which would be a massive boost in helping Morant score. Desmond Bane needs to get out of his funk in Game 3 as Bane needs to prove he’s still the Grizzlies’ second or third best player.
With the goal of claiming at least one game at Chase Center, Game 3 would be a huge challenge without Brooks. Jenkins will be about to change some of his plans without Brooks, but Morant, Jackson Jr. and the rest of the crew will definitely be ready for the mission. The second-youngest roster in the NBA has been impressive this season and that doesn’t seem to be changing in this series.