In the NBA, it’s not unusual or unexpected to lose a road game against a team you beat at home a few days before, so the Grizzlies 128-110 loss at Golden State Wednesday night is not especially surprising.
But like any loss at this stage of the season, it really hurts their already slim playoff hopes. Stephen Curry’s 30 point outburst helped drop the Grizzlies (38-34) four and a half games (five in the loss column) behind Portland (42-29) for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
The Warriors (20-51) ran out to an eleven point lead after the first quarter, and pushed it as high as 27 before halftime. A third quarter run closed the gap to 11, but the Grizzlies never got closer, and the outcome never seemed in doubt.
The Grizzlies have lost some games in recent weeks, but this is the first real stinker they’ve thrown out there since maybe the San Antonio game March 8th. Even when they did hustle, the play seemed to go against them.
The team now gets its last breather before the stretch run of the season. The only game between now and Wednesday (31st) is Sunday’s road contest at Milwaukee. Wednesday, the stretch run begins with a home game against the Dallas Mavericks, the first of nine games over 15 days, including two back to backs. Only one of those games is against a weak team: the home finale April 10th against Philly.