Warriors shoot past Grizzlies in 6
After going down 2-1 early in the series, the Golden State Warriors decided they’d had enough of Memphis in May. The Warriors win games four, five and six to close out the Grizzlies who were in control of the series and feeling good just one week ago. Golden State is now in the enviable position of sitting back and watching a game seven between the Houston Rockets and L.A. Clippers to find out who they will play in the Western Conference Finals.
After being named the NBA’s 2015 MVP, Steph Curry and his Warriors lost games two and three. But don’t worry about the leagues MVP, he managed to figure it out and score 33 in game four and 32 in the close out game six. In games two and three, the Warriors as a team only hit six threes in each game. On Friday night, Steph Curry went 8-of-13 from beyond the arc himself, including a 62 foot third quarter buzzer beater.
The Warriors hit a playoff high 15 threes in the game. That has been the key to the whole series. The two games the Warriors failed to hit at least seven threes in the series, they lost. They were 15-of-32 from downtown and also made 41-of-81 from the field. Klay Thompson was 3-of-5 from downtown and Andre Iguodala was 3-of-6. The MVP, Steph Curry also had ten assists and six rebounds to go along with his 32 points.
The Grizzlies only turned the ball over three times in game six but shot only 37% from the field. Marc Gasol had 21 points and 15 rebounds but was only 7-of-23 from the field. Mike Conley had just 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting. Vince Carter was a surprise for the Grizzlies contributing 16 points off the bench. Jeff Green, who the Grizzlies have needed to show up the last couple of games, did not. Green had six points on 2-of-8 shooting in 31 minutes.
The Memphis Grizzlies had trouble deep in the post season finding scoring. This has been an issue for the Grizzlies over the last few years. They have a solid team and play excellent defense, but they lack the taker over a game scorer. The Grizzlies had an excellent season going 55-27 and ending their season two games short of a Western Conference Finals trip. They will have some off-season work to do before the start of next season. The number one priority will of course be to re-sign free agent center Marc Gasol. They also may look at moving Jeff Green. Memphis should have the core of their team coming back next season with Conley, Randolph, Allen and Courtney Lee. They will also probably look to make a tweak or two to give them more shooters.
As for the Warriors, they are moving on to face the winner of game seven between Houston and the L.A. Clippers. The Warriors will have home court advantage throughout the NBA Playoffs. They will be favored to beat whoever emerges from the Houston and L.A. This is also most likely the team that will be favored to win it all at this point. They have home court advantage and the reigning MVP on their side. Why not the Warriors?
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