The Golden State Warriors seem to be buying into a different approach - similar to the one that worked for the Memphis Grizzlies last season.
Unlike Memphis, Golden State used a strong defensive effort to win its season opener and will try to continue that trend Friday night to avoid a seventh consecutive loss to the Grizzlies.
While the Warriors look to open 2-0 for just the second time since 1994, Memphis hopes not to repeat last year's 0-2 start. The Grizzlies, though, went on to post the best winning percentage in franchise history (41-25) while Golden State finished with the Western Conference's third-worst record (23-43).
The Warriors allowed more than 100 points per game for the sixth straight season, but now they're placing more of a focus on the defensive end under second-year coach Mark Jackson.
Golden State hasn't ranked better than 12th among 15 West teams in scoring defense since 2003-04. The team was 28th in the NBA in points allowed (101.2) a year ago.