Coming off two victories in their last three games, the Warriors will try to give the Grizzlies a better go this time around when the teams meet at The Arena in Oakland.
Golden State shot a measly 27.5 percent (25-of-91) and dropped to 0-6 under new coach Mike Montgomery with a 96-67 loss in Memphis on Nov. 12. Richardson, Golden State’s leading scorer, managed just five points on 1-of-9 shooting, spearheading the Warriors’ worst effort from the field this season.
“I just think our confidence level is down right now,” Richardson said after the loss. “But we have to stay focused because we can’t give up. It’s too early in the season to give up.”
Apparently, they haven’t.
The Warriors posted a 103-87 victory at expansion Charlotte the next night, and bounced back from Monday’s 99-88 loss at Cleveland by beating Chicago 98-85 on Wednesday for their first home win of the season.
Richardson has scored 27 points in each of the three games since the loss in Memphis. He added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks Wednesday as he has finally begun to live up to the six-year, $70 million contract extension the Warriors gave him earlier this month.
“I’m relaxing, having fun. No pressure, back like it’s my rookie year,” Richardson said.
Speedy Claxton added 14 points and 11 assists for the Warriors, who had dropped their first three home games.
Though they still haven’t beaten a team with a victory—both Charlotte and Chicago were winless when they faced Golden State—the Warriors are starting to look like they’ll be tough to handle as they continue a stretch in which they’ll play nine of 12 at home.
“You’ve got to put in people’s minds it’s going to be tough to get a win here,” center Clifford Robinson said.
After an 0-4 start, the Grizzlies had won three of four before Friday’s 107-105 loss in Sacramento.
Stromile Swift scored 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting off the bench for Memphis, which was outscored 28-18 in the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies have scored at least 100 points in four of their last five games after managing fewer than 91 in each of their first four.