Had a chance to talk to Kwame Brown and Dorell Wright afterthe Warriors 92-78 win over the Knicks on Wednesday. It was only the fifthtime in the past five years the Warriors have held an opponent under 80 pointsin a game.Heres what each player said afterward Question: What did you used to thinkabout the Warriors when you played against them in your career?Kwame Brown: I thought they were tryingto get as many offensive possessions as they could so they wouldnt playdefense. They would just try to outscore you.Question: Any chance this teams identitywill become that of a defensive team?Kwame Brown: I dont think were going tolose our identity as an offensive team. Obviously with (Stephen) Curry and allthe guys we have who can score, points arent going to be our problem. Thereason why hes (Mark Jackson) preaching defense is because that was the thingthat was lacking previous years.Youve got David (Lee) and all these guys who can score prettymuch anywhere on the floor, so thats why you have guys like myself, Dominic(McGuire), Brandon (Rush) I think were all buying into the defense first andthen turn it into offense.Question: Can you build off thisgame?Kwame Brown: Oh, yeah. Its a testament to what the coacheshave been doing ever since training camp, drilling us over and over and overagain these slide drills that weve put in the works. And now were getting achance to showcase it on the court.--------------------------------------------------------Question: You like whats going on hereright now?Dorell Wright: I like it because itssimilar to when I was in Miami you know, guarding guys and having to playmultiple positions. And also just leaving it out there, rebounding and allthese small things that are going to help us win. I like the role I have now.Its all about winning now and defense.Question: Is it nice to play for a coachwho seems reward defenders?Dorell Wright: Yeah. Because now hereits not all about offense. In the past the Warriors identity was aboutoffense. Now its about winning and playing D and getting stops.When you shoot 45 percent you get wins like this againstgood teams and good players. Its always good to have a coach who has trust inyou. Weve got depth now. With Brandon (Rush) coming in there every singlenight I feel like its going to be a different guy.Question: Can you keep this up?Dorell Wright: Were buying into it. Webeat two good teams (Chicago, New York) that everybody is talking about makingthe playoffs. We just beat teams with two great scorers (Derrick Rose, CarmeloAnthony) and (Anthony) can score at any time. And he shot 3-for-13.Those are things that give you confidence to say that we canguard the best players out there. We all trust each other and thats what itsabout. A lot of people think its about individual defense. Its not that. Itsall about trust and your big men behind you and you knowing if this man beatsme Ive got four guys behind me to help. And were buying into the system.
When the Warriors set foot in FedEx Forum on Saturday, they’ll find a very different atmosphere as well as a barely recognizable team of Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grindhouse is not the same. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have left the building. So, too, has the “Grindfather” himself, Tony Allen.
So in their only trip to Memphis this season, the Warriors will focus mostly on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol, the remaining core members of the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.
The Warriors (1-1) will be playing for the second night in a row, while the Grizzlies (1-0) have not played since their season opener Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley: Curry has a long memory, and he will remember not only that the Warriors last season lost twice to the Grizzlies but also that Conley’s 27 points and clutch play offset Curry’s 40 points and led Memphis to an overtime win in Oakland. It won’t matter to Curry that the Warriors posted double-digit wins over the Grizzlies in the last two meetings last season. He may want to take over.
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.
Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) are listed as out.
RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have won five of the last seven in Memphis and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
BREEZE OR WHEEZE: Coach Steve Kerr has expressed some concern about the team’s conditioning level. On the second night of their first back-to-back set -- with the Warriors arriving at the hotel at 2:30 a.m. -- it could provide a glimpse of their progress. Kerr said he would consider resting one or two players. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both coming off injuries, would seem logical candidates.
GEORGIA VS. SPAIN: The Republic of Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia and Spain’s Marc Gasol know each other well, having spent years battling internationally and in the NBA. There will be no surprises, but Pachulia will have to avoid foul trouble to remain a part of his team’s defensive rotation against one of the league’s best big men.
HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to a torrid start, shooting 11-of-18 from beyond the arc through the first two games. And now he won’t have to worry about Allen, who relished in opportunities to defend the Warriors All-Star. Memphis replaced Allen with Andrew Harrison, who is not in the Grindfather’s class as a defender.
Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.
Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.
"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks.
And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.
We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.
Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.
Thank you for listening."
The Warriors' next three home games are:
1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)
Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller