The Golden State Warriors will head to the finals of the Western Conference after finishing Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in Game 6 on Friday night. The Grizzlies fought fiercely without starguard Ja Morant in the lineup, and most of the night was a tightly contested match. But in the end, the experience won as the Warriors scored in the last five minutes to finish the Memphis season and return to the conference finals for the first time since 2019.

The Warriors were led by Klay Thompson, who scored 30 points, but Stephen Curry ended the night with 29 points late. Meanwhile, Dillon Brooks did everything he could to force Round 7, dropping 30 points and Desmond Bane adding 25 points. With the victory, the Warriors will face the winner of the series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns. This will be decided in Round 7 on Sunday night. Once the match is set up, the Western Conference final will begin on May 18th.

Three points from the Golden State series-a clinch victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night.

1. Death, Tax, Game 6 Clay

If you’ve lived under a rock for the past few years, you’re probably not used to the legend of Game 6 Clay. He definitely tends to make a fuss in the game 6 playoffs. It all started during the 2015-16 playoffs. There, the Warriors lost 3-1 to Oklahoma City Thunder in the final of the Western Conference. The Golden State is facing a defeat, and Thompson took the opportunity to step up and score 41 points in the victory. The Warriors won the championship that season and Game 6 Clay was born.

I don’t know why Thompson always seems to be finding a way to turn it off in Game 6, and Friday night’s match against the Grizzlies was no exception. Thompson finished with 30 points with a cool 8of14 from the 3 point area.

In Thompson’s first half performance, scoring 17 points for half-time was the main reason the Warriors maintained a slim lead after the first two quarters. He burned from the opening chip, scored 11 points in the first 12 minutes of the game and never slowed down. It’s crazy to think that even two years after the game, after a catastrophic injury, you can bet on Thompson for outstanding performance in Game 6.

2. It wasn’t clean, but the Warriors got the job done

Golden State has joined the game as a Grizzlies 8-point favorite. This is not surprising given that Ja Morant has been excluded from Game 4. However, while the Warriors covered the spread, the final score did not accurately indicate how to play the Golden State in most of the games. For about 43 minutes of the game, Warriors put together an incredibly sloppy performance. They committed 17 turnovers and ended the game, most of which were careless possessions. At some point in the third quarter, the Warriors continued to try home runs in transitions, and the Golden State flipped the ball with three straights in their possession, but the pass was wrong.

However, with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Warriors finally began to revive with an attack and stopped playing with food. They continued to confuse their defenses, stopped flipping the ball, and instead transformed many of those migration opportunities they had. Andrew Wiggins made a big rise in the fourth quarter as he scored 10 out of 18 points in the final frame of the action. He knocked down a high pressure of 3 seconds and actively gained bias and steal to the defense, which led to a breakaway dunk. His aggressive play boosted the Golden State’s dominance. But if Wiggins started things in the fourth quarter, Curry ended it and knocked down two threes to extend the Warriors’ lead to double digits, from which the Golden State coasted. ..

3. Applause to the Grizzlies

They are lying if someone says they expect Memphis to finish as a second seed in the west and go past the first round of the playoffs. Despite the results of the season, the Grizzlies have a lot to be proud of playing against the Warriors, especially in the last two games of the series. The Grizzlies were completely canceled when Morant collapsed due to a knee injury. However, Memphis responded very well in Game 5 and won a big victory over the Golden State. Even in the game on Friday night, it was in that state until the last 5 minutes of the game.

This is a credit to the wonderful roster building that has happened in Memphis over the last few years. While Morant is in the spotlight, and for good reason! -The last two games in this series have shown that Grizzlies is far more than Morant and some decent role players. Men like Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Dillon Brooks have stepped up many times to help carry weight to both ends of the floor. Even more scary is the fact that Memphis is an incredibly young team with very high ceilings. So if the Grizzlies can keep this core intact, they will be in the playoffs for the next few years. We will meet this team again with a healthy Morant and next time we will have a postseason experience to play against some of these veteran teams.


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