Peevish Warriors bent on improvement 

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  • Stephen Curry, left, and the Warriors struggled offensively in Game 2 against the Grizzlies, committing 20 turnovers and hitting only six 3s.
OAKLAND — A bunch of edgy, grumpy Warriors emerged after practice Thursday, their first since Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

That can happen to a team that had lost its first home game since January two days earlier, a 97-90 stinker that gave the Memphis Grizzlies new life in the best-of-seven series.

“I’m still getting over it, honestly,” guard Klay Thompson said of the Game 2 setback. “We haven’t had a loss like that in a while. Individually, I wasn’t happy with the way I played, but I came in today and tried to get some good shots up and flush it out of the way. It’s not the first one who wins. It’s the first one to four [wins].”

Prior to practice, coach Steve Kerr put his players through an extended video review. The session confirmed what they had seen hours earlier — a lack of patience and ball movement and too many hurried shots. In its worst performance on offense at Oracle Arena this season, they converted only six 3-pointers in 26 tries and were guilty of 20 turnovers.

When the series moves to Memphis for Game 3 at the FedExForum on Saturday, Green figures to be a larger target than usual.

Grizzlies fans weren’t happy about Green for the way he struck Mike Conley in the third quarter, when the veteran guard held the ball near his face while he attempted to call a timeout. Conley had undergone surgery to repair a fracture near his left eye only days earlier.

“Their fans don’t jack me up,” Green said. “They weren’t going to be happy with me regardless, so I don’t expect them to be happy now. If they’re happy with me, then they have a whole other problem.”

Green all but invited the Memphis folks to turn up the volume. He was limited to 30 points and no blocked shots in the first two games, largely because of early foul trouble.

“Yeah, it’s all good,” Green said. “It doesn’t bother me. I’m still going to do what I do, play the way I play and enjoy the game of basketball. It’s a fun game to play.”

The Warriors expect Conley to be in the lineup this time. Despite an extended layoff, Conley was a major difference-maker with a game-high 22 points in 27 minutes.

Promised Green: “It will be a different ballgame this time around.”

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