Grizzlies fall short at buzzer, beat out by Warriors in Game 1
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - So close, but yet, so far.
The Memphis Grizzlies came close to pulling out a win at FedExForum in Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference Semifinal Playoff Series against the Golden State Warriors.
Ja Morant had a chance to win it with the ball in his hands, exactly how you draw it up. But, let’s hear what the players have to say about it going out.
“Same message every time we’re in that situation. I just missed the layup. Missed a layup I normally make all the time. On to the next one,” Morant said.
“Yeah, I think we’ve shown we can come back in one game. We can come back after being down 10 in the 4th like we did tonight. Just a couple of different plays and it would be a completely different mood here right now. We would’ve won and all that. So, I think it just shows we’ve got to stay the course and keep on growing every game. And keep on trying to find ways to win,” Brandon Clarke said.
The Grizzlies led the Warriors at halftime, 61-55, but the California team made a comeback, overtaking the Grizzies in the fourth quarter. Down by one point, Ja Morant attempted a layup at the buzzer, but did not succeed.
Final score 117-116, Golden State wins.
A rollercoaster of a game, the Warriors and Grizzlies were neck-and-neck for most of Game 1, each having their fair share of highlights.
A scary moment in the second quarter of Game 1: Golden State forward Draymond Green pulls Memphis forward Brandon Clarke to the floor on a shot attempt.
The moment was caught on camera and shared on Twitter by Action Network.
Green would be assessed a grade-2 flagrant foul and automatically ejected from the game.
By definition, a “flagrant foul--penalty (2)” is ruled when “contact committed against a player, with or without the ball, is interpreted [by officials] to be unnecessary and excessive.”
Grizzlies will face off with Golden State again for Game 2 of their series on Tuesday, May 3, at 8:30 p.m. at the FedExForum.
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