Key moments from the Warriors’ journey to the 2022 NBA Championship

Game 1, in Chase Center: Warriors 123, Nuggets 107 – The Golden State’s Big Three reunite, at last, but Jordan Ball steals the show in their first successful playoff. Paul scored a game-high 30 points, starting with Stephen Curry, who came off the bench for only his third time in 113 games after coming back from a foot injury that kept him out of the last 12 games of the regular season. . Head coach Steve Kerr uses Paul in a small squad along with Curry, Clay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green to great success.

Game 2, in Chase Center: Warriors 126, Nuggets 106 – Carrie returns to looking like Carrie, and Paul begins to look like Carrie. Off the bench again, Curry pours 34 points in 23 minutes with a 70.6% shot, and Paul contributes 29 points and eight assists with a 62.5% shot. Golden State’s junior ball lineup topped the Nuggets 22-7 in the second quarter, and it looks like everyone’s starting to scramble to give him a title.

Game 3, at Ball Arena: Warriors 118, Nuggets 113- Denver nearly found the formula to successfully counter Kerr’s little ball strategy by attacking inside and smashing glass, bypassing Golden State 44-30. Nikola Jokic finished as the league’s best player with 37 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and three steals, and Aaron Gordon adds 18 points and 12 rebounds, but Curry’s playing in the fourth ensures victory. Team up with Thompson and Paul to get 80 points to put a sweep in hand.

Game 4, in Ball Arena: Nuggets 126, Warriors 121- Golden State’s first loss in the playoffs coincides with Paul’s first bad shooting night (3 for 10 from the field). Curry and Thompson continue to hit the net, with 33 and 32 points, respectively, but another dominant performance from Jokic (37 points, eight rebounds, six assists) and some much-needed help from his teammates are helping Denver return the streak to San . Francisco.

Game 5, at Chase Center: Warriors 102, Nuggets 98- His team is eight points behind entering the fourth quarter, second Gary Payton putting in a great defense, as usual, and also scoring 10 of his 15 points in the period to help Golden State seal the series. Payton’s performance will earn him a spot in the starting line-up against Memphis.

The semi-finals of the Western Conference

Game 1, at FedEx Forum: Warriors 117, Grizzlies 116 – Paul scored 31 points off the bench, Thompson picked up eight points in the fourth quarter including the 3-point critical pointer, Curry takes the defensive light in the match, and blocks Ja Morant in the final seconds. But this game is most remembered for Green-two’s blatant first-half blunder, which foreshadowed a physical and volatile streak to come.

Game 2, on FedEx Forum: Grizzlies 106, Warriors 101 – Early in the first quarter, Payton, who this season has gone from the last player on the roster to the start of his second playoff game in a row, fractured his left elbow after Dillon Brooks clubbed him from behind in an attempt to throw the ball. Minutes later, Green sticks his elbow in his face and turns the crowd on his way to the locker room, only to come back with his eyes almost swollen. Ja Morant dominates with 47 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Coach Steve Kerr called Brooks at his post-game press conference, saying he “broke the code” by hitting an unarmed player in the air.

Game 3, in Chase Center: Warriors 142, Grizzlies 112 – Morant borrowed Kerr’s phrase “blade break” for the hint after a blast loss that Paul grabbed Morant’s knee while catching the ball in the fourth quarter. The accusation was met with skepticism, especially after it was revealed that Morant had a bone bruise, an injury from a great deal of force. However, Memphis will be without Morant for the remainder of the post-season.

Game 4, in Chase Center: Warriors 101, Grizzlies 98- Assistant coach Mike Brown learns just over an hour before receiving the warning that he will have to take charge after Kerr tests positive for the coronavirus. For 47 minutes, it looked like Memphis would do it even in the series, but Curry’s 18 fourth-quarter points helped Golden State pull off an ugly win. The Chronicle’s headline, “Why Steve Curry’s Greatness Might Be Enough for Warriors to Win Another Title,” may be prescient, but Memphis isn’t over yet.

Game 5, at FedEx Forum: Grizzlies 134 and Warriors 95 – Remember when there was a great lineup of three keepers who scored all those points? What did we call this? Don’t worry – she will be relegated to the sidelines in this race as Golden State’s lack of size and physique becomes increasingly glaring, with this shelling as a prime example. The Grizzlies led by 55—not a typo—in the late third quarter. Memphis scored 55-37 rebounds in the game.

Game 6, in Chase Center: Warriors 110, Grizzlies 96 – The answer was under their noses: The only man to play in every game this season, Kevin Looney, will be asked to play his biggest role yet. Re-introduced to the starting line-up after being relegated to the bench in the playoffs, Looney responded with a much-needed Golden State presence, with 22 rebounds – including 11 offensive planks – at 70-44.

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