The Golden State Warriors have clinched their spot in the Western Conference Finals after a 4-2 series win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Game 6 was a thrilling back and forth matchup as Golden State was determined to avoid a Game 7 in Memphis. The Grizzlies showed grit, but in the end, the Warriors successfully pulled away in the fourth quarter and secured the victory in front of the Chase Center crowd, 110-96.
Here are some of the takeaways from the Warriors postgame pressers:
Mike Brown: “You know how Klay is with Game 6’s”
Klay Thompson was the star of the night, adding another story to the legend of “Game 6 Klay”. This one featured Thompson scoring 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field, which included 8 made threes. Warriors’ coaches, players, and fans have seen him combust for big games many times before, but Thompson says this one was a little more special because of all of the adversity he had to fight through with his injuries.
"I love the moments. I love the pressure." - Klay on what sparks his Game 6 performances pic.twitter.com/XYXdVQSXOQ— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 14, 2022
Klay says tonight's game felt better than his past Game 6 performances pic.twitter.com/zW2yYiFY7B— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 14, 2022
Mike Brown on Klay Thompson: “You know how Klay is with Game 6s.”— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 14, 2022
"One of the toughest and most competitive guys I've ever played with. No, probably THE toughest and most competitive player I've ever played with."— NBA (@NBA) May 14, 2022
Draymond Green on Klay Thompson. pic.twitter.com/ETHW5ejabg
Kevon Looney: “Last game we got bullied on the boards, so I took that personal”
Thompson may have been the star of the night, but Kevon Looney was the Warriors’ most valuable player in Game 6. In an effort to counter Memphis’ size and physicality, Looney was inserted into the starting lineup. It was a great decision as he was a monster on the boards, finishing the game with a massive 22 rebounds! Looney set the tone in that regard as Golden State ended the game with 70 rebounds as a team.
"Last game we got bullied on the boards, so I took that personal." pic.twitter.com/kIIUiSNrLr— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 14, 2022
"You live for games like this & for moments like that.. I didn't even think about being tired or how many mins I was playing I was just having fun."— Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) May 15, 2022
Since the Warriors are off today, here's Kevon Looney in postgame on playing 35mins in game 6. #dubnation #goldblooded pic.twitter.com/nbyuY2kdM3
Mike Brown says the discussion on starting Kevon Looney in game 6 actually began on the bench of game 5. He says Steph Curry & Draymond Green were a major part in it, Steve Kerr still has final say. That collaborative effort within the Warriors is special. #dubnation pic.twitter.com/Sf4cmloeAc— Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) May 14, 2022
Steph explains why he and Draymond wanted Loon in the starting lineup pic.twitter.com/P0b9tE74IT— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 14, 2022
"Kevon Looajuwon"— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 14, 2022
Klay has a new nickname for Loon pic.twitter.com/gWlLApIZVl
Draymond Green: “‘Scared’ and me in the same sentence?”
Draymond Green was up and down in this series, but he always managed to come up big whenever the Warriors needed him most. Though his presence was mostly felt on the defensive side during this series, Game 6 was a different story as he finished with several key scores down the stretch for a total of 14 points. Afterwards Green had some comments for his critics, specifically ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins.
Draymond clapped back at Kendrick Perkins for some of his recent comments pic.twitter.com/7tFcjP69fy— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 14, 2022
Steph Curry: “They’ll be here for a long time”
It was a hard-fought series between the Warriors and the Grizzlies. Despite their lack of experience, Memphis gave Golden State problems all series long. They are a young team with lots of talent and potential. Several Warriors made sure to express their respect for them during their postgame pressers.
Draymond reflecting on what the young Memphis Grizzlies showed him this series is pic.twitter.com/qltfBlUw8d— NBA (@NBA) May 14, 2022
Steph says he has a lot of respect for the Grizzlies pic.twitter.com/DVdOAvyoMn— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 14, 2022
Steph Curry on Ja Morant: “He’s a problem.”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 14, 2022
On the Grizzlies: “All the antics and the pettiness and all that, I love it.” pic.twitter.com/urHhqbLcy9
Quote of the Night
The quote of the night belongs to Klay Thompson. After the game, he went on Instagram and gave Warriors’ fans the best post of the season.
With the series over, the Warriors will head to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2019. Their opponent will be the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks. Golden State will now get 4 days of rest before playing again on Wednesday night.