Numbers preview: Warriors-Grizzlies


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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Appropriately, the best team in the regular season was the first to win a playoff series. The Golden State Warriors are a combined 71-15 in games that count and 62-9 in games that Andrew Bogut has played.

And for the second straight series, the Warriors are facing an opponent with a point guard who isn’t close to 100 percent. In the first round, it was Jrue Holiday. And in the conference semifinals, it’s Mike Conley, who suffered multiple facial fractures in Game 3 of the first round and missed the last two games of the Grizzlies’ series win over the Blazers.

Memphis had the second-best record in the Western Conference with less than three weeks left in the regular season. But a 5-6 mark down the stretch dropped them into the 4-5 matchup and has them facing the league’s best team in the conference semifinals.

Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for Warriors-Grizzlies, with links to let you dive in and explore more.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions

Golden State Warriors (67-15)

Beat New Orleans in four games.
Pace: 94.6 (15)
OffRtg: 111.6 (2)
DefRtg: 104.1 (9)
NetRtg: +7.6 (3)

Regular season: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. Memphis: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
First round: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

Warriors’ first-round notes:

Memphis Grizzlies (55-27)

Beat Portland in five games.
Pace: 94.7 (13)
OffRtg: 106.1 (5)
DefRtg: 99.0 (5)
NetRtg: +7.1 (4)

Overall: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. Golden State: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
First round: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

Grizzlies’ first-round notes:

The matchup

Season series: Warriors won 2-1 (1-0 at Golden State)
Pace: 100.1
GSW OffRtg: 106.2 (3rd vs. MEM)
MEM OffRtg: 97.7 (17th vs. GSW)

Matchup notes:

6 Comments

  1. NorCal Warrior says:

    It’s simple. The old troubles are no more. The conventional matchup of Bogut on Gasol and Green on Zac has now switched and that makes all the difference. Green freaks out Gasol where Draymond can guard him way out there and if he gets beat then Bogut is there as a backup. The instead of getting too close and playing the body Bogut’s length allows him to not foul as much as Green would. You just had to watch the last two games to see how frustrated Zac was.

    Warriors in 5 . Take the first two at home. Lose to a hyped up crowd away. Not Roarcle worthy but not too bad. Then we make adjustments and take the following 2

  2. harriethehawk says:

    Golden Flake Warriors in 4. Another sweep. Watch. The Grizzlies are just not grizzly anymore.

  3. Douglas says:

    Dubs in 5. Grizzles frontcourt is the only threat to GSW, but nothing Bogut, Green & cia can’t handle. So far, no real challenge to GSW.

  4. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    Someone last night tried to talk to me about, well the Grizzles have Tony Allen to guard Curry, What!!! ( The look i gave him ), The Grizz have my Indiana Boys, but Conley is out and the offense doesn’t run to well with him out. They do have a good chance of beating the Warriors, but i think the Warriors are a better team.

    • Andremiller says:

      They also have calathes and udrih to guard curry which I think are better match ups. Allen is a better match up for steph curry. If curry and Thompson go cold, the Warriors are in ridiculous trouble (as the 1-8 match up with the Pelicans showed).