The Warriors conclude their five-game road trip with a gameagainst the Washington Wizards on Monday.Quite simply, the game will determine whether the Warriors triphas been disastrous or just plain disappointing. The Warriors are 1-3 on thetrip after a scary bad 83-75 loss to the Raptors.The Wizards are the second-worst team in the NBA, and theirwin over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday snapped a six-game losingstreak.Here are some things to watch for during Mondays game:Dont let Wall beat you: John Wall is theleading scorer and best player on the Wizards. He is capable of having biggames and he puts a lot of pressure on the opposing teams transitiondefense.It remains to be seen whether or not Stephen Curry returnsfor Mondays game. If he does, Wall will likely be his responsibility. If Currydoesnt play, expect Monta Ellis to start on Wall, but defensive specialistDominic McGuire could also defend Wall some.Locate the 3-ball: The one thing thisroad trip has proven is that when the Warriors dont have the 3-point shotgoing, theyre not nearly the same team.The Warriors went on the road shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. But theyve been remarkably bad on this trip. Over thepast four games, the Warriors are 13-for-71 from 3-point range (18.3percent).If the Warriors want to give themselves a better chance atbeating the Wizards, making 3s would help.Find Crawford: Second-year guard JordanCrawford has been getting more playing time under Randy Wittman, and hes beentaking advantage of it.Crawford started his only game of the season last Wednesdayagainst Orlando, but has come off the bench other than that. In the past sixgames, Crawford has scored at least 18 points in each and has had two games of31 points or more.Third scorer needed: For the past two games,its pretty much been David Lee, Ellis and thats about all. The Warriorsdesperately need another player to contribute in the scoring department,otherwise these low-scoring games are going to continue.Nate Robinson would seem to be the natural first candidate,but he has not been good as of late. Then again, neither has Dorell Wright,mired in a shooting slump.Over the past five games, Robinson is 13-for-46 from thefield (28 percent) and over the past seven games Wright is 14-for-55 from thefield (25 percent).
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