SAN FRANCISCO — — Now, Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies are calling out the Golden State Warriors for inflicting useless damage.
Morant re-injured his tough proper knee past due within the recreation when Jordan Poole grabbed it as they fought for a unfastened ball past due within the Warriors’ 142-112 victory that embarrassed the Grizzlies on Saturday evening and gave Golden State a 2-1 lead within the Western Convention semifinals.
Morant left Chase Heart with out chatting with newshounds however posted and later deleted a video of the play on his Twitter feed with the words “broke the code,” a reference Warriors trainer Steve Kerr had used 5 days previous when Dillon Brooks’ exhausting foul in Recreation 2 sidelined Gary Payton II.
Poole and Andrew Wiggins swarmed Morant as he dribbled on the best of the 3-point arc when Morant struggled to stay ownership — and Poole described it as “a basketball play.”
“When we doubled him, I hit the ball, l was going for the ball. Obviously, you don’t want to see anybody get hurt, I’m not even that type of player,” Poole said. “I respect everybody. Obviously hopefully he gets better and we can see him out there next game. ”
Brooks was suspended for his Flagrant 2 foul in the first quarter Tuesday night when he pounded the head of a driving Payton, who landed awkwardly and fractured his left elbow. He will be sidelined indefinitely, also with ligament and muscle damage.
Kerr said the play was “dirty” and broke an NBA “code” injuring someone and threatening his career, while Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins and his Grizzlies players defended their hard-nosed style as not dirty at all.
Draymond Green and Golden State kept cool from the opening tip — methodically running away with it. Instead, Memphis forward Kyle Anderson got ejected with 6:19 left for arguing an offensive foul.
Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Klay Thompson had 21 and nine rebounds and Golden State shut down Morant’s supporting cast.
A 3 by Morant just before the halftime buzzer got the Grizzlies to 64-57 at the break and gave him 17 of his 34 points after a 47-point performance in Game 2. But Morant couldn’t do it alone for Memphis, and he was done after rubbing his tender right knee and limping off with 6:19 to play before heading to the locker room.
“He’s getting evaluated now. Nothing further. We just watched the replay,” Memphis trainer Taylor Jenkins mentioned. “He was going after a dribble and Jordan Poole actually grabbed his knee and yanked it, which kind of triggered whatever happened, so I’m actually going to be very curious to see what happens after that.”
Kerr mentioned he “did not even understand the play.”
Brooks will likely be again for Recreation 4 on Monday evening at Chase Heart, the place the raucous sellout crowd integrated two ladies retaining indicators of Payton’s face insisting the Warriors “Win it for Gary.” It is unclear if Morant will likely be effective to play.
“I’ve been through a tough knee injury, and I don’t think there’s any malicious intent from Jordan,” Thompson mentioned. “I don’t even think he’s strong enough to affect somebody’s knee. But we’re not out there trying to hurt people or trying to club people in the back of the head on a fast break. We play the game the right way and I’m going to have his back.”
Golden State ruled with a balanced assault and effort on each ends after Inexperienced known as for the offense to do extra to higher the protection. He dished out 8 assists, 5 issues and 5 rebounds.
“The shot selection was much improved,” Kerr mentioned.
Poole scored 27 issues off the bench and Andrew Wiggins added 17 issues for Golden State, which used a 10-0 run out of halftime to take command for excellent.
“We’ve got another game on Monday,” Poole mentioned when requested what he expects subsequent given the most recent back-and-forth between the competitors.
Rookie Jonathan Kuminga equipped a spark beginning in Payton’s position, whilst Ziare Williams used to be in for Brooks.
Curry neglected his preliminary two pictures then scored his first issues of the sport via making a large 3 with 0.9 left within the first because the Warriors trailed 28-26.
Morant hit a 31-foot 3-pointer halfway throughout the first and Williams dunked in a while after for a 21-8 lead and Memphis made 6 of 9 pictures to start out the sport. However the Grizzlies went chilly and made best 3 of the following 12 and watched the Warriors shut the quarter with an 18-7 burst.
“We were just too frenetic to start off the game,” Kerr mentioned.
Curry’s Splash Brother, Thompson shot 8 for 13 with 4 3-pointers in a forged capturing evening.
He were 11 for 38 from the ground, together with 5 of twenty-two on 3-pointers, thus far within the sequence sooner than discovering a greater groove. Kerr figured it will occur quickly sufficient.
“When we’re getting good shots, the chances of Klay getting hot are much greater, and when he gets hot, our team takes on a different look,” Kerr mentioned. “We just become much tougher to guard.”
Grizzlies heart Steven Adams used to be to be had to play for the primary time this sequence sequence after popping out of the league well being and protection protocols however the large guy did not play till the sport used to be out of hand.
Grizzlies: G Desmond Bane’s tough again used to be sore all the way through Recreation 2 however has advanced. “His back is progressing. I don’t think he’s at full strength like he was in the regular season but he’s the ultimate competitor,” Jenkins mentioned. Bane had 16 issues in 29 mins. … Memphis shot 6 of eleven from 3-point vary within the opening quarter.
Warriors: The Warriors outrebounded the Grizzlies 21-14 within the first part and 53-37 general. … Golden State is 4-0 taking part in at house all the way through this postseason and 49-11 courting to the 2015 identify run that ended with the franchise’s first championship in 40 years.