"They're chasing history," Memphis forward Matt Barnes said after the Grizzlies' 110-84 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. "We have a chance to interrupt history. Playing in Golden State, I know how alive that crowd is going to be, and I'm going to be very excited to be part of that game."
Coach David Joerger said he expects the Grizzlies to rise to the occasion against the Warriors.
"It's for history, baby," Joerger said. "We're going to give it our best shot."
The injury-riddled Grizzlies have fought for their playoff hopes for the past two months but are in free fall, having lost nine of their past 10 games and three in a row. With Tuesday's defeat, they dropped into a tie with the Dallas Mavericks for sixth place in the Western Conference.
"Yeah, the emotional tank is a little bit empty right now," Joerger said.
"You also know that sitting out there 24 hours you've got a chance to be the answer on every Trivial Pursuit card for the next 75 years. We'll see what we're going to do with that tomorrow."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.