Warriors Unfazed By Grizzlies’ Shakeup

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OAKLAND – The coach of one of the teams most impacted without actually being in the trade wanted nothing to do with the conversation. No surprise there. Mark Jackson may have had a board installed at the practice facility to provide players with daily updates on the Western Conference standings, but he has preached the Warriors worrying about the Warriors and not being distracted by events around them.

Even the major events. The Grizzlies, the fourth-place team in the Western Conference, traded their leading scorer to the Raptors on Wednesday, a hit for a team that needs to find offense and not send it away, and fifth-place Golden State almost managed a yawn.

“I have not broken down the Memphis trade yet,” Jackson said. “I am no longer with the media.”

“If we move up one, the four seed is still going to play the five seed,” reserve power forward Carl Landry added, following the script. “Obviously we would have home-field advantage, but we’re just taking one game at a time. We’re not worried about what the Lakers are doing. We’re not worried about what the Sacramento Kings are doing. We’re worried about what the Warriors are doing.”

In actuality, of course, what the Grizzlies are doing could have a major ripple effect well beyond Memphis, Toronto and Detroit, the teams officially involved in the deal that sent Rudy Gay to the Raptors. Because the Warriors and Nuggets were unofficially very much involved.

The risky play by the Grizzlies came with Memphis in fourth place in the West, 1 ½ games ahead of Golden State and Denver, in a virtual tie for fifth. That was on Wednesday. By the time Thursday’s games had ended – Thunder 106, Grizzlies 89 in Oklahoma City and Warriors 100, Mavericks 97 at Oracle Arena – Golden State was feeling energized by the return of Andrew Bogut earlier in the week and also within a half-game of No. 4. The idle Nuggets were one back.

That difference in one spot at the end of the regular season is a giant rung in the standings, of course. The fourth-place team gets home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

Still, there was the company line.

“If they didn’t make the trade,” Jackson said, “I’m still thinking the same exact thing: We’re a very good basketball that people are going to have to deal with. We’ll continue to put wins together, continue to play great, and let the chips fall where they may. We’re not concerned about anybody else.”

9 Comments

  1. wooderson says:

    warriors should go on and finish at least top three now with the best C in the league back playing albeit limited mins and games for now but still that team with their talent should be way ahead of the floppers and the spurs

  2. slider821 says:

    bottom line is Gay shot 41%. He took a lot of shots. If some of those shots are redistributed to Gasol/ZBo, they really won’t feel the loss of Gay and may actually do better without him. Regardless, the Warriors have to beat whole teams, not one guy.

    • theprophetoftroy says:

      people said the same thing about granger with the pacers and look at how pathetic their offense looked at the beginning of this season without him! and the grizzlies dont have a young guy like george to emerge out of that fold unless u consider austin daye a future allstar.

      the grizzlies dont have enough time before the playoffs start to make their offense click. much less be better than any of the top three in west anymore. they might have had a chance with gay because he could stop durant and hit clutch jumpers also.

    • Kidding me ? says:

      Are you referring to someone on lakers land ? But he’s trying very hard to be a distributer now. So what’s the need for Steve Nash ? Hmmmm

  3. alflex519 says:

    Great Point.

  4. Gillsy says:

    When you look at the Warriors on paper and how they play as a team, espically when players go down they are playing well. And people keep steping up. Having Bogut back is a great thing for them they look like a team that could go along way espically if Bogut and Curry stay fit over the next few years.

  5. Kevign says:

    You know whats funny?
    When a player decides to leave a franchise, he is scrutinized, considered a traitor, not loyal …
    But when a franchise trade a good and loyal player, I dont see a thing

    Whats up with that

    • slider821 says:

      A lot of Memphis fans are pretty discouraged with management’s decision to break the team up during their best and most promising year before the playoffs even start.