Golden State certifies its pass to the Western Finals

Not without suffering, the Golden State Warriors were in charge of closing their series against Memphis in Game 6. The San Francisco team prevailed 110-96 after a great exchange of blows, redeeming themselves from their poor image in game five and taking advantage of the home court to return to a Western Finals three years later. In them they will face the winner of the seventh match between Phoenix and Dallas, which will be measured this Sunday to determine who will play for the position in the Finals against Kerr’s men.

Despite the fact that the 14-point advantage that the final score reflects may invite us to think otherwise, this was a truly even duel and one that had the locals against a rock and a hard place for quite a few minutes. The strong defense of the Grizzlies handcuffed the Warriors in many moments, who, desperate to find gaps, rushed into decision-making and executed shots and passes that could be improved. This made them commit 16 losses in the first three quarters, a factor that they corrected in the last, in which they not only committed one, to finally gain control of the match.

It was specifically in the last 7 minutes when Golden State was finally clearly superior. After a triple by Desmond Bane that made it 87-89 and made the visitors dream, Kerr’s men responded with a 21-3 run that brought delirium to the Chase Center and gave them victory on a plate. Stephen Curry, who had a rather irregular match, woke up in this period with three triples, joining Klay Thompson as the great figure of his team and closing a very long-suffering night with a good taste in his mouth.

Steph specifically finished with 29 points, which he reached with an improvable 10/27 and with several comings and goings throughout the match. Much more consistent was Klay, who reached 30 points thanks to his 8/14 triples and was responsible for responding with his baskets to almost all of Memphis’ attempts to gain control. The shooting guard, who seems to have an idyllic relationship with Game 6, was for many stretches the only man focused on the locals, and had the privilege of scoring the triple that made it 105-92 with less than 3 minutes to go and that It was practically the sentence.

Who was also fundamental for other reasons was Kevon Looney, who with his 22 rebounds, 11 of them on offense, gave the Warriors second chances on vital possessions that ended up allowing them to add several of the baskets that killed the game. The center signed the franchise’s best record in a playoff game since 1987, the year in which Larry Smith signed 23 sacks, and made his team crush the Grizzlies in the rebounding battle (they took 26 more).

This ended up weighing too much on the visitors, who despite everything stayed in the game practically until the end thanks to their defense and the scoring of Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane. The first, despite his irregularity and his questionable decision-making, went up to 30 points with 7/15 in triples, while the second, more effective in general terms (56.3% accuracy) reached 25. Jaren Jackson Jr. was not so precise, whose 5/19 weighed when it came to keeping up with the locals.

All in all, Jenkins’ team can leave with their heads held high from the playoffs in which, even with the loss of their star, they have stood up to one of the great teams in the competition. The future is undoubtedly exciting in Tennessee, where they are surely already anxiously awaiting the start of next year to seek to improve themselves again.

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