Klay Thompson, Warriors scored in Game 6 vs. Grizzlies

Klay Thompson, Warriors scored in Game 6 vs. Grizzlies


And so, the Golden State Warriors return to the Western Conference Finals for the sixth time in eight years.

It was not beautiful. It was often ugly. But the Dubs still closed the door with emphasis, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in Game 6 to move on.

The upheavals will cause nightmares in the coaching staff, but for now we are celebrating Game 6 Klay, the heroism of Kevon Looney and the brilliance of Andrew Wiggins.

And we rate the players, weighing our expectations of each one.

Note: The average percentage of real shots (TS) this season was 56.6%

Draymond Green

39 minutes, 14 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, 4 fouls, 6 for 14 shots, 0 for 3 3-pointers, 2 for 2 free throws, 47.0% CC, +19

It was not an effective scoring performance, but it is always nice to see Green score in double digits. Everything seems to work best when he is willing to shoot and when he is willing to attack.

The turnovers were awful – it felt like he was seven or eight. And the defense on the ball was not as good as we expected. But Dray is still one of the best players alive and deserves huge backing for his rebounding performance.

Degree: B

Post-game bonus: Lead the team in assists.

Andrew Wiggins

41 minutes, 18 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 2 fouls, 2 turnovers, 7 for 16 shots, 3 for 5 3-pointers, 1 for 2 free throws, 53.3% CC, +20

Like many Warriors, it was not a good first half for the Wiggins. But the second half was one of the best basketballs he has ever played.

He hit many great shots and had a series of possessions where he took the ball.

His defense was amazing and he was everywhere on the glass. If it was just points in the second half, it would be an easy A +.

However, as it is …

Grade A.

Post-game bonus: Lead the team to plus / minus.

Kevin Looney

35 minutes, 4 points, 22 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 4 fouls, 2-for-7 shots, 28.6% TS, +10

Before praising Looney for his outstanding performance, we must commend Green and Steph Curry for speaking out against the strange insistence of the coaching staff to start players who do not want to play, as they did with Jonathan Kuminga in Games 4 and 5.

Steven Adams led the Grizzlies with 10 rebounds. Looney had 11 insulting rebound. It was an animal and the primary reason the Dubs had 70 (70 !!!) rebounds in this game.

Looney was a force. And while scoring was not possible, he did a lot to facilitate the attack. Since his role has changed from night to night, we can not say enough about the work he did, returning to the original form, played 35 minutes and dominated the color.

Grade: A +

Post-game bonus: He led the team to the rebounds.

Steph Curry

40 minutes, 29 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, 10 for 27 shots, 6 for 17 three-pointers, 3 for 4 free throws, 50.4% CC, +16

Carrie was very sweet for the Grizzlies after the game. Embrace Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks. He spoke brightly to Morant’s media and the future of the organization. He said he enjoyed their pettiness.

What he did not say is how happy he will be in the mirror. Memphis plays Carrie better than any other team in the NBA, and that reappeared on Friday. Carrie just could not do it for three and a half quarters. When he finally found his shot, the buckets started running and he left the game away.

But it was not a very good game for him. You know, with its high standards. Towards the next round. I would not like to be the guy who would defend him in the Conference Finals.

Degree: C

Clay Thompson

42 minutes, 30 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 3 turnovers, 2 fouls, 11-pre-22 shots, 8-pre-14 three-pointers, 68.2% TS, +14

I want to give Clay an A + for his work on social media that he did from the locker room after the match.

What icon.

But the game is also worth an A +. Was it Klay’s best game, statistically speaking? It is not even close. But when the Warriors turned the ball around as if it were out of fashion and locked in Memphis, Clay hit a shot. And when they started to take the lead, Clay shot. And when they started to clear the game, Clay shot.

It was a game that required tough, tough, TOUGH performance and Clay handed it over.

Play 6 Klay forever.

Grade: A +

Post-game bonus: Lead the team to the points.

Nemanja Bjelica

8 minutes, 0 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 foul, 0-for-1 shot, 0-for-1 3-pointers, 0.0% TS, -2

Bjeli did not have much playing time, but I thought he did quite well. He broke the glass more than his numbers suggest and did decent things in the attack.

Degree: B

Damion Lee

11 minutes, 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 1-pro-2 shot, 1-pro-2 3-pointer, 75.0% TS, -4

Lee had to play a role in this game with all the injuries that the Dubs have picked up. He kept his own, but he did not look very good. It had a very bad turnover, but again, who did not?

Grade: B-

Post-game bonus: The worst plus / minus of the team.

Jordan Poole

24 minutes, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 4 for 15 shots, 2 for 11 3-pointers, 2 for 3 free throws, 36.8% CC, -3

Poole will also be very, very happy that he will not have to face the Grizzlies again until next season. It closed a bit in this series and Friday was no exception. He added sensitivity, which was fun, but he did not add much to the pitch.

Lots of lost buckets, some bad shooting decisions and not much control.

Grade: D +

Friday DNPs: Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, Juan Toscano-Anderson

The inactive on Friday: Andre Iguodala, Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr., James Wiseman

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