Why Charles Barkley believes Grizzlies were 'lucky' in win over Warriors

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Why Barkley believes Grizzlies were 'lucky' in win over Warriors originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Memphis Grizzlies caught the Warriors on an off night in Game 2.

Losing to the Grizzlies 106-101 at FedExForum, Golden State struggled to do what they excel at, which is shooting 3-pointers.

The Warriors were 7-for-38 from distance, their worst 3-point shooting playoff game in franchise history with a minimum of 20 shots taken.

NBA Hall of Famer and current "Inside the NBA" host Charles Barkley believes the Grizzlies "got lucky" in Tuesday night's win over the Warriors.

"Grizz got lucky tonight," Barkley said on "Inside the NBA" after the game. "Did you know Klay [Thompson] and Steph [Curry] were only 16-for-44, they were only 16-for-44 and they out-rebounded the Grizz 38-35 ... the two best shooters in the world went 16-for-44 and Ja [Morant] had to go crazy ... they think they're playing in a regular-season game. Because if Ja don't go crazy and those boys don't play bad, Memphis don't win this game. But they've got to realize regular season and playoffs are like night and day.

"They're reckless with the ball, they're letting a little team beat them on the boards. They were the No. 1 team in the NBA all season in points in the paint. They should win that battle. The Warriors, they never really go in the paint, they live and die with the three. So this was a great win, but until they clean up those little things ... you can do that against Minnesota, Orlando, [Atlanta Hawks], turn the ball over and not rebounds the ball. You're not going to beat the Warriors four times because these boys aren't going to go 16-for-44."

The other major storyline from Game 2 was the injuries to Gary Payton II and Draymond Green. Payton hit the floor hard after a collision with Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks, who was ejected from the game after receiving a Flagrant 2 foul after the play. After the game, it was revealed that Payton sustained an elbow fracture, delivering a major blow to Golden State.

From coach Steve Kerr to Steph Curry to Warriors and NBA fans everywhere, many believed Brooks' play was dirty and that he "broke a code," as Kerr said in his postgame press conference.

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Barkley does not believe Brooks broke any code, instead, that it was just an accident.

"No, it was just an accident," Barkley said of the play. "I don't think Dillon Brooks is a dirty player, he doesn't have that reputation. First I want to say, guys, when you fall out of the air please don't try and catch yourself. One thing we talk about when I first got to the 76ers they talk about 'guys don't fall, get your hands up.' Because elbows, fingers and wrists, they will give and you will break them. Fall on your shoulders, all on your back, fall on your ass, they can take hard falls."

Likely without Payton -- who has been the Warriors' best defender against Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant this season -- Golden State will need contributions from others off the bench if they look to slow down the high-flying star who demolished them for 47 points in Game 2.

The Warriors will have a much better chance of bouncing back if they were to return to form from beyond the arc.

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