The Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones (21) tries to get a finger roll going against the Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defending in game four at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Mon May 9, 2022 (AP news photo)
Warriors Take Game Four To Lead Series 3-1
By Barbara Mason
After a wild and crazy Game Three the Golden State Warriors took on the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Four at Chase Center. In another crazy turn Head Coach Steve Kerr was not on the sidelines testing positive for Covid. A more than competent Mike Brown took over at the helm in this game.
After suffering a knee sprain in Game Three Ja Morant was not in the lineup for this game. Memphis has the weapons to be a threat despite Morant’s absence.
The Warriors who trailed most of the game got the lead for keeps thanks to Stephen Curry’s free throws under the last minute of the game for a 101-98 game four win to take a 3-1 series lead back to Memphis on Wednesday night.
The Warriors had a horrible start. They would finish the first half 2 of 20 from beyond the arc. At the half the Warriors trailed by the score of 41-38. Considering the way they were playing they were extremely lucky to only be trailing by three. Missed open shots, far too many fouls, and shooting at 34% will not win very many ball games.
The Warriors had a third quarter that was no different from the first and second quarters. The final two minutes of the quarter saw a bit of a spark from Golden State. Curry hit a shot from downtown which reignited the crowd. The Grizzlies were hanging onto a slim lead 62-60 with two minutes left in the quarter. Desmond Bane would hit a 32-foot buzzer beater giving the Grizzlies a 69-62 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Golden State would have a single quarter to turn this game around. Every time the Warriors got close the Grizzlies would answer. With four minutes left in the contest Golden State was running out of time. The Warriors went on a 10-2 run to win this game for the four point win. This was a game that the Warriors could not afford to lose and when push came to shove they weathered the storm in Warrior fashion.
Curry finished the game with a high score of 32 points. The Warriors did have a nice defensive game. Draymond Green had 11 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins had 10.
Game Five will be back in Memphis at the FedEx Forum and all signs point toward the return of Ja Morant. The Warriors have to turn this offense around and put a lid on these turnovers. Leading the series 3-1 the Warriors have everything to play for. Game five will be on Wednesday with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 PM PDT.