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The Warriors match up well against Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. With David Lee and Andrew Bogut canceling Gasol and Randolph out, the biggest headache the Warriors will have against the Memphis Grizzlies is Rudy Gay.
With the bulldozing that will be going on in the post, Mike Conley and Stephen Curry going at it, and Tony Allen in Klay Thompson's face all game, it leaves (likely) Harrison Barnes matched up against Gay.
Not a good spot for the rookie.
This gives the Warriors a distinct disadvantage defensively.
Gay can really attack the rim, and while he struggled with his shot last season, expect him to bounce back. Gay is really a terrific finisher and he presents a tough defensive assignment for anyone, let alone a rookie.
He will be playing with a chip on his shoulder this season after being left off the Olympic team. With O.J. Mayo out, the Grizzlies will rely more heavily on Gay's scoring abilities and that shouldn't be a problem for someone with his talent.