While Golden State made one of the iconic offensive episodes of Friday’s 110-96 series with a win against Memphis, Dillon Brooks provides the perfect insight into where the Grizzlies sit among the best teams in the league ahead.
While Memphis fought hard for most of the game without star point guard Ja Morant, who earned a bone fracture after Game 3 of the series, Brooks said the Grizzlies raised the bar and the Warriors were on guard.
“We’re young and they’re getting older,” Brooks said. “They know we’re coming every year.”
Brooks, who finished with 30 points and four rebounds in the Grizzlies loss, was a key part of the young Memphis team that earned the No. 1 spot. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs after posting 56 wins this season, their most in a season. from the 2012 to ’13 campaign.
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The Grizzlies failed to compete for the championship this season. However, Brooks believes last year’s play-in game experience and this year’s repeated clashes with the Warriors have given Memphis valuable lessons to learn. “It’s a great motivation,” Brooks said. “Fighting them is amazing, it’s great for us … We’ll do it all summer and be ready to do it again.”
However, the 26-year-old has not ruled out the idea that if Morant plays the outcome of Friday’s game could be different. “Ja is one of the best point guards in this league — you know that — obviously it’s going to change, but we’ve done what we have,” Brooks said.
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