The Golden State Warriors avoided going winless on a five-game road trip by winning the finale at the Chicago Bulls on Friday and will try to pick on another downtrodden foe when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. The Warriors own two of their five wins against Chicago and earned a 114-95 victory at Memphis on Nov. 19.
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Golden State shot 53.5 percent from the floor in Friday's triumph in a bounce-back effort after a pair of ugly losses at Atlanta and Charlotte. "Our guys have been fighting and competing all season long," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after Friday's triumph. "The last two games, we sort of got off track. I think they knew that. They took that to heart and everyone who stepped on the floor tonight came out with a purpose." The Grizzlies are losers of three straight and nine of their last 10 after dropping the first two of a four-game road trip. "We're on a road trip, tough road trip," Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder told reporters. "We just have to dig in and find a way. We've got a few guys down and we just have to find a way to play the right way for 48 minutes and give ourselves a chance to win each game."
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ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (6-16): The bright spot in Saturday's 126-112 loss at Utah came from forward Jaren Jackson Jr., who scored 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting. "You know, just finding my spots and getting on balance," Jackson, who shot 50 percent or better in three of the last four games, told reporters. "It just comes from shooting extra after practice. You got to just do the reps, because when you do the reps it feels better in the game." Memphis was without star rookie point guard Ja Morant, who missed his fourth straight game with back spasms and remains day-to-day.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (5-19): Golden State shot 39.8 percent from the floor in the 104-79 setback at Atlanta and managed 37 points in the second half - 15 in the fourth quarter - of the 106-91 loss at Charlotte but stayed consistent on Friday with at least 23 points in every frame during the 100-98 triumph. "It felt good," forward Eric Paschall told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We played the whole game hard, and that's a big step for us. After the last two games, we felt like we didn't compete at a high level." Paschall (13 points, 5-of-10 shooting) and Glenn Robinson III (20 points, 8-of-12) both enjoyed strong performances in the win.
1. Warriors G D'Angelo Russell (thumb) is averaging 12.5 points on 9-of-22 shooting in two games since returning to the lineup.
2. Grizzlies SF Kyle Anderson (heel) and SG Dillon Brooks (shoulder) are both day-to-day.
3. Golden State took six of the last seven meetings.
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- AbdominalQues Tues | questionable
Looney is idle with left abdominal soreness, and it is unknown if he will return to the floor Tuesday against the 76ers.
- HandEarly March | out
Curry had surgery on the second metacarpal on his left hand. He is making progress in his rehabilitation, and he is aiming to return to action March 1 against the Wizards.
- AbdominalProb Wed | probable
Robinson has missed the last two games with a sprained right ankle, but he is likely to face the Jazz on Wednesday.
- ConcussionQues Wed | questionable
Evans has sat out the previous three games with a concussion and a broken nose. It is unknown if he will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.
- FluProb Wed | probable
Green has missed the last two games with a sprained finger on his left hand and is now dealing with flu-like symptoms. It is anticipated that he will play Wednesday against the Jazz.
- PersonalProb Thurs | probable
Lee missed the last game due to issues with his contract status, but it is expected that he will be available to face the Nuggets on Thursday.
- AnkleQues Tues | questionable
Poole has an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Mavericks on Tuesday.
- HipOut indefinitely | out
Allen is dealing with an injury to his left hip, and will be sidelined for an indefinite length of time.
- KneeDoub Tues | doubtful
Crowder missed the last game with right knee soreness. It is unlikely he will suit up versus the Nuggets on Tuesday.
- KneeLate Feb | out
Caboclo is sidelined due to a hyperextended left knee, and he is expected to miss four to six weeks.
- HipProb Fri | probable
Crowder missed the last game with soreness in his right hip, but it is not expected to impede his status for Friday's clash against the Cavaliers.
- FootProb Tues | probable
Anderson is suffering right foot soreness, but he will be available for Tuesday's contest against the Rockets.
- ThumbProb Tues | probable
Clarke is experiencing right thumb soreness, but he will play against the Rockets on Tuesday.