Morant wants revenge against Warriors, shoots West teams originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies have been counting down the days until their marquee game with the Warriors on Christmas Day at Chase Center.
After losing to Golden State in the 2022 Western Conference Semifinals last summer, Morant and a talented young team from Memphis are looking for revenge.
In an interview with ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Morant explained why he’s looking forward to Sunday’s game against the Warriors.
“Obviously it was the team that kicked us out of the playoffs, so you know, we still want to get our lick back,” Morant said. “Everyone knows what Golden State has meant to basketball for the past few years. They’re the defending champions. So regardless of their record, they’re still one of the best teams in this league and can go pretty fast. I wish everyone a speedy recovery and after that a good season.”
As much as Morant respects the Warriors, he doesn’t seem overly concerned about the threat Golden State could pose when healthy, along with other Western Conference competitors.
When asked by Andrews which team he considered the toughest game, Morant had only one answer.
“Celtics,” Morant said. “…I’m fine in the West.”
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Even without Steph Curry, who will miss Sunday’s game against the Grizzlies after suffering a left shoulder subluxation against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 14, the Warriors’ game with Memphis shouldn’t lack excitement.
If Golden State picks up a Christmas Day victory, Morant and the Grizzlies may have more competition in the Western Conference than they thought.
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