Warriors-Grizzlies: What to watch for

Warriors-Grizzlies: What to watch for
April 3, 2012, 4:36 pm
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The Warriors have lost five consecutive games which equalsa season-high and Tuesday night theyll try to avoid a season sweep at thehands of the Memphis Grizzlies.The Grizzlies already have defeated the Warriors three timesthis season, including two by just one point. Memphis is two games behind thefourth-place L.A. Clippers in the battle for homecourt advantage in thefirst-round of the playoffs.The Grizzlies are playing Game 2 of a back-to-back-to-backset against the Thunder, Warriors and Dallas.Here are some things to watch for when the Warriors play theGrizzlies in Memphis on Tuesday:Play uptempo: The Grizzlies are comingoff a hard-fought win against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Monday. It was agame in which all their key players Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, O.J. Mayo and ZachRandolph logged significant minutes.In other words, the game against the Warriors has letdownwritten all over it for the Grizzlies. But it will be up to the Warriors topush the tempo and keep the pace moving quickly.Energy from centers: The Grizzlies frontline is big and skilled, but the Warriors should have the advantage when itcomes to energy. Despite giving up size to Gasol, Marreese Speights andRandolph, the Warriors have a chance to mitigate some of that.But it will take plenty of activity from Jeremy Tyler andMickell Gladness, two of the Warriors young centers.Productivity out of RobinsonJenkins:Memphis starting point guard Mike Conley didnt play on Mondaybecause of a sprained right ankle, meaning Jeremy Pargo was the starting pointguard.Nate Robinson emerged from a shooting slump in Sundays lossto the L.A. Lakers, and the Warriors need him and rookie Charles Jenkins to winthat matchup at point guard.Defend Gay: Rudy Gay has a history ofscoring big against the Warriors. And yet Golden State has more than one playercapable of slowing down Gay.Whether its Dorell Wright, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rushor Dominic McGuire the Warriors have plenty of candidates to defend Gay. Whatthey need is to find at least one who can turn Gay into a volumeshooter.