Despite the numbers indicating the Golden State Warriors had a clear home court advantage at Oracle Arena by going 39-2 there in the regular season, and winning their first three playoff games at home, Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Courtney Lee believes his team has the biggest advantage at home in the NBA.
Lee told Memphis sports reporter Peter Fleischer, "I think we got the best fans in the NBA... Without any fake volume pumped in."
When asked specifically if the FedEx Forum is louder than Oracle, Lee nodded his head and immediately responded by saying, "By far, by far... without the volume pumped into the audience. Like I said, I think it's gonna be pretty loud." Fleischer noted that Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley agreed that the FedEx Forum gets louder than Oracle.
Multiple times throughout the interview, Lee hinted at the Warriors "pumping volume" into the audience. But he stayed away from calling out Oracle when he was asked if he thought the Warriors used fake crowd noise, saying, "I'm not sayin' it, I'm just sayin' we don't use that."
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On Wednesday, the night after the Grizzlies beat the Warriors at Oracle, 97-90, snapping the Warriors' 21-game winning streak on the their home court, Lee went to Instagram to voice his opinion on Oracle, writing: "They said no arena gets louder, I said then they haven't been to the GRINDHOUSE!!!!!!"
Lee scored 15 points, shooting 5-for-13 from the field in the Grizzlies' win. In the playoffs he is averaging 15.7 points per game while shooting 50 percent from 3-point range.
The Grizzlies went 35-17 at home during the regular season, and have won all three of their playoff games in Memphis.