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Steph Curry’s ‘whoop that trick’ boast comes back to haunt him as Warriors lose big vs. Grizzlies

Sporting News logo Sporting News 5/12/2022 Nick Metallinos

By now you've heard the catchphrase countless times over the years. 

It began all the way back in 2012, but has become even more popular these playoffs as the upstart Grizz - who finished second in the West - continue to thrive off their home crowd during wins. 

Although, after going ahead 3-1 in this series following Game 4 in San Francisco, it was the Warriors who were looking to 'Whoop that trick' back in Memphis for Game 5 on Wednesday. 

Prior to the game, ESPN's Kendra Andrews revealed what Warriors guard Steph Curry told her the team's game plan was. 

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 “Whoop that trick. That is our gameplan," Curry told Andrews.  

Those were regrettable words by Curry as the Grizzlies put the hurt on the Warriors, finishing the game 39-point winners to send it back to San Francisco for Game 6 on Friday. The Warriors were down 50 (!) at one point in the second half. 

At one stage during a timeout with 8:40 remaining in the game, FedExForum played "Whoop That Trick" and local rapper Al Kapone came out to fire up the crowd who waved their Growl Towels and chanted in unison.

Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. joined the crowd by dancing on the sidelines. 

Also dancing was the Warriors' Draymond Green. 

During a timeout with 8:40 remaining, FedExForum played "Whoop That Trick" and rapper Al Kapone came out to fire up the crowd who waved their Growl Towels and chanted in unison. Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. joined the crowd by dancing on the sidelines.

Curry could be seen laughing while wearing a towel over his head.

The 'Whoop that trick' chant began back in 2013 during a playoff series with the Clippers as a play on Kapone’s “Whoop That Trick” from the Oscar-winning Memphis-based film, Hustle & Flow. The crowd would sing 'Whoop that Clip.' 

It reverted back to its original form and has remained so ever since. 

Postgame Draymond Green was asked about his dancing along with the crowd and said he was "embracing" the moment. 

“One thing I don’t respect is people who only bring it when they winning, embrace crowds when they winning,” Green said. “They not gone whoop that trick alone, we gone whoop that trick together.” 

The Warriors are a veteran team, and they are not dwelling on this one loss too much, especially knowing they have a chance to close it out at home on Friday night.  

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