Golden State fires Memphis and finds the conference final!

After an exceptional game where the two teams clashed for 42 minutes, it was finally the Warriors who had the last word. However, the Grizzlies have nothing to be ashamed of. They fought like hell and we will have to count on them in the coming seasons.

With Kevon Looney back in the starting lineup, the Warriors are off to the best start for the first time in the series (16-8). Draymond Green is much more aggressive and Klay Thompson starts 3/3 from far but 6 turnovers give Memphis 9 points. Thanks to the Brooks – Bane duo, the Grizzlies went ahead but after the wake of an intractable Kevon Looney on the rebound and a 7 of 13 from distance, Golden State took the lead (30-26).

As a splendid left-hand pass from Jordan Poole leads to another award-winning shot from Klay Thompson, the Grizzlies cash in without flinching. De’Anthony Melton and Brandon Clarke hold them in ambush before back-to-back game winners from a Dillon Brooks launch a 4-0 that sends chills down the Chase Center (51-44)! Despite a festival of loose balls, the Dubs avoided taking a splinter and had to hold on, before responding with a 9-0 run, thanks to a struggling Stephen Curry, to regain the lead at halftime (53-51).

The crossover resumed with renewed vigor in the third quarter. Ten points from “Game 6 Klay” the Warriors throw but Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane respond to keep in touch (69-66). Golden State’s defense then increased its intensity with three straight stops, but Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson chained three passes into the stands to keep the Grizzlies in the game (74-68). Five points from Desmond Bane end a 7-0 lead for Memphis, but Curry responds to give the Dubs a point lead before the fourth quarter (78-77).

Klay Thompson and Dillon Brooks exchange sweet words and the tension rises two octaves as every point is worth gold. While a game-winning shot from Desmond Bane gave Memphis a two-point lead, it was Andrew Wiggins who blew the riot. He hits a 3-point shot, steals the ball out of Brooks’s hands and then dunks, before making another save that leads to a winning shot by Stephen Curry. 8-0 in 70 seconds (95-89)!

With six minutes still to play, these three possessions shake up the game. Suddenly, the Warriors offense picks up the pace and their defense brings out the barbed wire! While Draymond Green and Kevon Looney reap offensive rebounds, the “Splash Brothers” hit the target from distance, especially Stephen Curry who scored 11 points in his final minutes. The Dubs turn that initial 8-0 run into a 23-7 to end the game as the Chase Center sings “Whoop That Trick” and reaches the conference finals for the first time since 2019.

WHAT TO REMEMBER

– The tactical adjustment of the Warriors. Dominated inside since the return of Steven Adams, the Warriors returned to the traditional five with Kevon Looney at center. This changeup allowed them to control the rebound, but they also hounded Memphis on inside swaps so they could attack them one-on-one and force the Grizzlies to rotate to find open shots.

– Memphis misses an opportunity to take off. Behind for the first 18 minutes, the Grizzlies took Golden State’s award-winning shots and offensive rebounds without even taking to the water. Golden State’s many turnovers, coupled with Dillon Brooks’ direction from distance, allowed them to pass a 14-0 run to their opponent to take a seven-point lead. The next three minutes will be crucial. As the Warriors keep running and stringing together fumbles and forced shots, the Grizzlies miss an opportunity to get their heads under water. On the contrary, a flagrant foul on Dillon Brooks lifts Golden State that closes the half with a 9-0.

– The decisive 70 seconds of Andrew Wiggins. With 6 minutes and 55 seconds to play, Desmond Bane made the atmosphere in the Chase Center unbreathable. His winning shot put the Grizzlies ahead, 89-87. With Curry in the thick of it and Thompson looking for the punch, it was ultimately Andrew Wiggins who took responsibility. Memphis left it open on purpose, and at the end of the possession, he answered Bane. We don’t know yet, but the Grizzlies won’t get past them anymore. Wiggins follows up with an interception, dunk and save on Brooks. It’s his four actions that will open the floodgates for Golden State and break the Grizzlies’ defense lockdown.

– 25 offensive rebounds for Golden State. The battle for possessions was key in this series. The Warriors again lost ball after ball, finishing with 19 total turnovers that gave the Grizzlies 18 points. However, they closed the tap at the best time, losing only two balls in the fourth quarter. Opposite, it was the offensive rebound that ended up killing Memphis. The Warriors finished the game with 25 offensive rebounds, including 11 in the fourth quarter. During the first three quarters, Golden State was unable to capitalize on its second chances. The situation has also changed in the last few minutes. The Warriors won the rebounding battle 70-44 (!!), with 22 rebounds for Kevon Looney, including 11 offensive rebounds, 16 for Draymond Green and 10 for Andrew Wiggins. Between the two of them they grabbed four more rebounds than Memphis… That’s what decided the game and the series.

TOPS/FLOPS

Kevon Looney. Back in the starting lineup to take on Steven Adams, Kevon Looney put in the best performance of his career. He set a new personal record with 22 rebounds, including 11 offensive, while playing 35 minutes, a record for him as well. The Warriors can thank him.

Klay Thompson. The legend of “Game 6 Klay” continues! While his “Splash Brother” and Jordan Poole were out on the street, he was the one who provided the scoring, scoring 27 of his 30 points in the first three quarters. He finished the match 8 for 14 from afar. His intensity rubbed off on the Chase Center.

✅ Dramond Green. Unrecognizable in this series, the handyman was much more aggressive tonight, finishing with 14 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists. He also limited Jaren Jackson Jr to 5/19 shooting!

Andrew Wiggins. “Maple Jordan” was out tonight, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He was decisive on both sides of the field.

✅Dillon Brooks. Booed throughout the game, Dillon Brooks, who shot 18% from 3-point range in the series, threw a monster game. He finished as the Grizzlies’ leading scorer with 30 points on 7/15 from distance.

✅Desmond Bane. He continued his momentum from Game 5 to pitch a game worthy of his season, finishing with 25 points on more than 50% success.

✅ ⛔Stephen Curry. On the street for three quarters and without rhythm, he left his area at the best time to score 11 of his 29 points in the last six minutes to finish off the job. He finished 10-for-27 shooting.

Jordan Poole Jaren Jackson Jr. The two former teammates stood out offensively. Poole finished 4/15 shooting, Jackson Jr 5/19.

THE CONTINUATION

The Warriors will play either the Suns or the Mavs in the Conference Finals.

Warriors / 110 Shots bounces
players Minimum Shots 3 points LF EITHER D T P.S party in you bp Connecticut +/- Points Classification
D.Green 39 6/14 0/3 2/2 3 13 sixteen 8 4 one 4 0 +19 14 27
A. Wiggins 41 7/16 3/5 1/2 6 4 10 0 two one two 3 +20 18 twenty
K.Looney 35 2/7 0/0 0/0 eleven eleven 22 5 4 0 two one +10 4 25
slip away 40 10/27 6/17 3/4 0 7 7 5 3 one 3 two +16 29 23
K.Thompson 42 11/22 8/14 0/0 one 7 8 two two 0 3 3 +14 30 29
N.Bjelica 8 0/1 0/1 0/0 two 0 two two one 0 0 0 -two 0 3
D. Lee eleven 1/2 1/2 0/0 two 0 two 0 one 0 one 0 -4 3 3
J Poole 24 4/15 2/11 23 0 3 3 two 0 0 two one -3 12 4
Total 41/104 20/53 8/11 25 Four. Five 70 24 17 3 17 10 110
grizzlies / 96 Shots bounces
players Minimum Shots 3 points LF EITHER D T P.S party in you bp Connecticut +/- Points Classification
J. Jackson Jr. 38 5/19 1/7 1/3 0 4 4 0 two 0 0 4 -12 12 4
D. streams 39 11/28 7/15 1/2 two two 4 one one 3 one one -eleven 30 twenty
yes adams 28 1/3 0/0 2/4 one 9 10 3 two 0 one one -6 4 13
T.Jones 36 2/12 1/3 2/2 one 8 9 8 two two two 0 -14 7 14
d. perdition 44 9/16 4/7 3/4 one 6 7 two 3 0 0 one -7 25 27
B.Clarke twenty 2/10 0/0 4/5 4 0 4 4 0 one 0 0 -8 8 8
k.anderson 10 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 3 two one 0 one 0 -two 0 4
D Melton eleven 3/6 23 0/0 one one two one one one one 0 -3 8 8
Z.Williams 13 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 one one 0 0 one 0 one -7 two 4
Total 34/96 15/36 13/20 10 3. 4 44 twenty-one 12 8 6 8 96

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