SAN FRANCISCO—The Golden State Warriors is once again head to the NBA Finals after defeating the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, May 26, 120-110. The Warriors claimed the championship of the Western Conference Finals 4-1 at Chase Center. It marks the sixth time in the last eight seasons Golden State will play in the NBA Finals.
After losing the 2019 NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors, everyone assumed their dynasty was over. Kevin Durant jumped ship to the Brooklyn Nets, and Klay Thompson missed over two seasons recovering from both a torn ACL than a ruptured Achillies tendon.
Golden State possesses a head coach in Steve Kerr who molded players such as Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney and Jordan Poole for another run for the NBA title.
Game 5 was similar to every game in the 2022 WCF’S, as they played their most complete game all year, out-rebounding the Mavericks while distributing 26 assists on 45 baskets.
Thompson was superb leading the team with 32 points draining 8, 3-pointers in his signature performance of these playoffs. Draymond Green seized the moment with 17 points of his own.
Kerr’s mantra coaching the Warriors has been “strength in numbers.” The roster has depth, as Andrew Wiggins played aggressive defense on Luka Doncic, Kevon Looney added 18 rebounds. Even Nemanja Bjelica buried a crucial three pointer as Dallas began making a dent in the Warriors lead.
Steph Curry was named Westen Conference Finals MVP, which is now named the Magic Johnson trophy in honor of the Los Angeles Lakers legend. Curry, Green and Thompson will be seeking their fourth NBA Ring.
Green, charming and the outspoken heart and soul of team is indirectly having an impact on the Eastern Conference Finals. Amidst the confetti falling following the celebration. He was asked by TNT Analyst Shaquille O’Neal who he’d like to play.
“We’re gonna play Boston,” Green proclaimed though the Boston Celtics are still playing the Miami Heat. Facing elimination, this enraged Miami players.
Green’s comment reignited the flame burning within the Heat players as they dedicated their Game 6 victory to Green. Both Udonis Haslem and and PJ Tucker told ESPN, “Tell Draymond we said Thank You!”
The NBA Finals start on Thursday, June 2 at the Chase Center in San Francisco and will air on ABC.