If the Golden State Warriors want to reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2019, they'll need to reduce their turnover rate and create a new defensive gameplan for Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant. In the Warriors' 106-101 road loss in Game 2 of their second-round bout on Tuesday, they committed 18 turnovers, and allowed Morant to score 15 of his 47 points inside the final five minutes of play.
Fortunately for the Warriors, they have the opportunity to regain momentum, with the knotted series shifting to Chase Center for Games 3 and 4. And their veteran core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green has the playoff experience to overcome any adversity. But the team isn't invulnerable. Adjustments are essential for them to win three more times against Memphis. The Warriors have the edge, but former NBA head coach George Karl harbors some doubts about their championship hopes.
"I think Golden State, the first [version] is probably a little better than this one. This one still has to come together a little bit more," Karl told The DA Show on Friday. "I think this one has times where they're good defensively. But they're not as good, defensively, as those earlier Golden State teams -- with Iguodala being more healthy than he is now. I like this team a lot. But I just think there's something missing. I'm not sure they're going to be able to get by Phoenix.
"And I think they have their moments where they don't shoot very well. When Steph isn't on the court, Klay's had his moments where he's gotten hot. Right now they're relying so much on the three-ball going in. Phoenix is going to be a well-disciplined team, defensively. And don't get me wrong, I think Memphis is going to give Golden State some trouble. I think Golden State will win the series, but Memphis likes playing."
Golden State, which earned the West's third seed with a 53-29 overall record, will play Game 3 against Memphis on Saturday night at Chase Center, with tip-off scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Warriors currently have a 56-percent chance to reach the West Finals and just a 15-percent chance to make their sixth NBA Finals appearance since 2015.
The entire NBA playoffs conversation between Karl and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.