Jordan Paul and Garen Jackson share a bond from middle school

SAN FRANCISCO — Minutes after the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves to join the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals, Jordan Ball takes out his phone to text his best friend.

No words, just a GIF of “The Office” character, Dwight Schrute, nodding, “It’s time.” Posted by Jaren Jackson Jr.

This series was a dream come true for the 22-year-old brothers who six years ago were in their Indiana middle school dorm room charting visions of playing in the NBA one day.

“We’ve been talking about this forever,” Jackson said. “We used to joke that – because he didn’t really like playing defense like that – the team he was good at was the Warriors.”

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