Warriors can’t slow Morant in 116-108 loss to Grizzlies

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The Mercury News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Gary Payton II proved in training camp that he deserved a roster spot. It didn’t take long to establish that he would outplay his 15th spot on the roster. But never has his value to the Golden State Warriors been clearer than Tuesday night inside FedEx Forum, even in a 116-108 loss. When Grizzlies star Ja Morant checked in with 7:40 to go, Payton leaped from his seat on the opposite bench and sprinted to the scorer’s table. That was his man. He needed to check in, too. Despite their best efforts to slow Morant, who earned “M-V-P” chants at the foul line, Golden State could onl…

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