The Golden State Warriors are nearly into the third round of the NBA Playoffs. After four games against the Memphis Grizzlies, they have pulled ahead, leading 3-1 following Monday night’s 101-98 victory at home. And they did it despite having virtually everything against them. Steve Kerr wasn’t on the bench, Draymond Green played with a heavy heart, and Steph Curry didn’t even shoot the ball well. Even with that being the case, Curry still managed to score 32 points as they overcame a deficit heading into the fourth to pull away. Of course, the fact that Memphis didn’t have Ja Morant was a big factor here, and it will have been a huge morale blow to be close to winning without him as they were here.
Game 5 will swing back to Memphis, and all the pressure is now on the Grizzlies’ backs as they will have to win three consecutive to dig themselves out of this hole. In the early game on the night, the Boston Celtics ensured they didn’t go back home with a 3-1 deficit to get themselves out of as they played a phenomenal fourth quarter to take down the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108. The Celtics headed into the fourth down by 12 to the defending world champions, but that didn’t stop them from taking an impressive road win. Al Horford, always a serviceable professional but never world-class, had perhaps his best-ever game, scoring 30 points on 11-14 shooting from the floor while Jayson Tatum also dropped as many points as the veteran did. Giannis had 34 points and 18 rebounds in a monstrous showing for the Bucks, but it proved to be too little, and the C’s will now head home with home-court advantage restored.