Welcome to your Daily NBA Fix for Saturday, March 29, the morning after the Golden State Warriors might have had a season-altering four-minute frenzy to beat the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Warriors didn’t have the greatest of weeks, as their five-day break after losing to the Spurs on March 22 degenerated into a firestorm of press coverage surrounding the reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine and reports that head coach Mark Jackson had pursued jobs in both Los Angeles and Brooklyn over the past year.
Jackson strongly denied the reports that he went job hunting and strongly denied having a poor relationship with former assistant Michael Malone, now the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Stephen Curry stepped into the fray, saying he wants to be consulted on Jackson’s future with the Warriors.
Zach Randolph’s basket with four minutes to go put Memphis up 93-86 and it was getting pretty gloomy around Oracle Arena, as the Warriors were facing the very real prospect of losing a second straight home game to a Western Conference playoff contender.
They were four minutes away from another hard-to-explain home-court loss, four minutes away from being just tied with the Grizzlies and falling to seventh in the razor-thin Western Conference playoff race, four minutes away from being just a half-game ahead of eighth-place Phoenix.
But the Dubs responded with a 14-0 run, taking the lead for good on Curry’s step-back 3 with 1:21 to go as Memphis missed its final seven shots and committed a turnover in the final four minutes as the Warriors were putting together their game-changing—perhaps season-altering—run in their 100-93 victory.
The Daily NBA Fix will deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players, the dreaded Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards, we’ll recap who’s circling the drain, there will be some interesting pieces of relevant (and not-so-relevant) information and we’ll look at today’s daily lines for those people who like to wager a buck or two.
Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).