The Warriors defeat the Grizzlies and advance to the Western Conference finals

The Warriors defeat the Grizzlies and advance to the Western Conference finals

The Memphis Grizzlies’ players communicated effectively. To keep in front of the Golden State Warriors’ dangerous shooters, they were chatting and sprinting full sprints on defence.

The Grizzlies’ strongest strength this season turned into a vulnerability Friday night, as they lost Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals 110-96.

The strong level of defence forced missed attempts, but rebounds frequently fell into Kevon Looney’s hands. The Warriors made the Grizzlies pay when Looney kicked it out.

Dillon Brooks finished with 30 points and Desmond Bane added 25, but it wasn’t enough to force a Game 7.Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 30 points and Stephen Curry added 29. Ultimately, Looney’s 11 offensive rebounds were more than any Grizzlies player had total. That led to Golden State’s 21 second-chance points, and 13 of those came in the fourth quarter. Golden State played a bigger lineup for the first time in the series. Looney started at center, which moved Draymond Green to power forward. This impacted the Grizzlies because Green started the game on Jaren Jackson Jr., who looked unstoppable in Game 5. The Grizzlies called the first play of the game for Jackson, and Green was right with him, bulldozing through a couple of screens to get back in front of Jackson and contest the shot. Jackson shot 3-for-11 in the first half. The big lineup meant that the Warriors’ offense was losing another weapon, but Looney’s presence shifted the rebounding advantage back in their direction. The Grizzlies outrebounded Golden State for the first time in Game 5 (55-37), but the Warriors regained the advantage on Friday and won the game due to the opportunities off offensive rebounds. The Warriors finished with a 70-44 rebounding advantage.

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