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Memphis at Golden State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

Stephen Curry has an MVP trophy to show off and returns to the business of hoisting a banner when the top-seeded Golden State Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies in Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Curry was named the NBA’s top player on Monday and received 100 of the 130 first-place votes to easily claim the award over Houston star James Harden.

Curry averaged 23.8 points and 7.7 assists in leading the Warriors to a 67-win regular season and aims to stay focused on the bigger goal. “It’s a fun time, the pressure is on,” Curry told reporters. “The vibe around the league is at a high, and I think we’re ready for the moment.” Fifth-seeded Memphis will likely again be without standout point guard Mike Conley (facial fractures), and he was badly missed when the Grizzlies played portions of the opener without a true point guard. “We’ve got to do a better job of communicating and know what we want to do if that situation happens in the game,” center Marc Gasol told reporters. “We’ve got to all know what we’re looking for.”

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: Nick Calathes struggled with three turnovers in 21 scoreless minutes as Conley’s replacement in Game 1, and Memphis had shooting guard Courtney Lee practice at the point on Monday to get him acclimated to running the offense. Conley figures to play in the series at some point and is considering coming back much sooner than the doctor’s instructions. “There playoffs are where – regardless of what your injury is – you find a way,” Conley told reporters. “If they tell you four weeks, you want to be back in a week. That’s how guys look at it but I’ve got to be smart.”

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Curry had 22 points, seven assists and four steals in the opener while backcourt mate Klay Thompson scored 18 points and forward Draymond Green knocked down four 3-pointers while scoring 16 points. Green insisted afterward that his team is by far the best in the NBA and the success isn’t just a regular-season deal. “It’s not that other teams got injuries or someone is eliminated,” Green told reporters. “We feel like we can beat anyone, and that’s been our mindset the entire year and it’s not going to change now.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Golden State has won 21 consecutive home games and is 42-2, counting three playoff wins.

2. Grizzlies backup SG Vince Carter was 1-of-7 in Game 1 and is shooting 37.5 percent in the postseason.

3. Curry is averaging 31.4 points through five postseason contests.

PREDICTION: Warriors 112, Grizzlies 101
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Memphis 59-29 L1 34-10 25-19 6-4 53-25 9-7 39-19
Golden State 72-15 W9 42-2 30-13 9-1 63-14 13-3 47-10
Last Meeting
Memphis Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
5/3/15 MEM 86 GS 101 86 37 45.2 101 39 50.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Gasol 21 50.0 11
Golden State S. Curry 22 44.4 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis M. Gasol 9 1 8
Golden State A. Bogut 6 0 6
Assists Player  
Memphis Z. Randolph 5
Golden State S. Curry 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Gasol 1606 49.0 415
Golden State S. Curry 2178 48.5 368
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis Z. Randolph 824 246 578
Golden State D. Green 739 132 607
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 403
Golden State S. Curry 698
Quickchart Matchup
Memphis Off vs  Golden State Defense
98.3 Points For
99.7 Points Against
45.7 FG%
42.9 FG%
42.6 Reb
44.4 Reb
Golden State Off vs  Memphis Defense
109.8 Points For
95.1 Points Against
47.7 FG%
44.0 FG%
44.4 Reb
42.5 Reb