Klay Thompson, Steph Curry rated in Game Warriors vs. Mavs 5

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Well, the Golden State Warriors did it. For the sixth time in eight years – and the sixth time in six years while healthy – the Dubs have won the Western Conference, and will play basketball in June for the title.

It tastes good.

With a 120-110 win over the Dallas Mavericks – in a game not as close as the score would indicate – Golden State made three series downs, one to go. He will face the winner Boston Celtics vs. The Miami Heat (which the Celtics lead 3-2), and they will benefit on the home court.

Game 1 was Friday night. But before we get to that, we need to say more about Game 5 … and that means rating the players, weighing in on our expectations.

Note: The League’s average real shot (TS) percentage this season is 56.6%.

Draymond Green

31 minutes, 17 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 block, 3 turnovers, 5 fouls, 6-for-7 shooting, 1-for-1 threes, 4-for-4 free throws, 97.0% TS, + 11

This is the vintage Dray that is coming. He was somewhere on both ends of the court. This was the best defensive game in the series, and he played a big role in holding back Luka Dončić on a difficult night.

He displayed all his advanced skills, and scored in a similar way to the beginning of the Warriors Final. In addition, he added some very good statistics.

Just an incredible performance from an incredible player.

Class: A+

Bonus after the game: Tied to lead the team in assists.

Andrew Wiggins

40 minutes, 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 1 error, 7-for-16 shooting, 0-for-7 threes, 4-for-4 free throws, 50.9% TS, + 9

Wiggins really struggled with jump shots in this game. But other than that? It’s an excellent performance from someone who looks so happy to see hard work pay off with a trip to the biggest stage in the sport.

It’s good to happen when Wiggins is Cut or driving. He bounced back with authority-he’s been phenomenal on the page lately-and played a big role in Dončić’s 10-for-28 shooting.

The series is one of the best basketball Wiggins has ever played.

Class: A-

Kevon Looney

31 minutes, 10 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 offense, 5-for-8 shooting, 62.5% TS, +11

It’s hard not to be ecstatic for a looney. After several years of limited minutes and injury problems, he made a full 82-game season, and now gets more minutes than he has ever seen in his career.

And he really makes the most of it.

The Looney has 18 rebounds – all Mavs teams have 34. The Looney has seven offensive rebounds – all Mavs teams have. six.

He controls the paint. It won’t be easier in the Final, when he will face better competition in the middle position. But now Looney is a big part of the team’s success.

And he keeps passing, keeps finishing, and avoids turnovers and fouls.

Pay them.

Class: A+

Bonus after the game: lead the team in rebounds

Steph Kari

35 minutes, 15 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, 5-for-17 shooting, 2-for-7 threes, 3-for-3 free throws, 40.9% TS, +11

It was a night of taking the ball to Curry, but he wouldn’t remember it. He will be remembered for earning his sixth trip to the NBA Finals, and winning his first Magic Johnson Western Conference Finals MVP award.

Curry twisted his ankle in the first quarter, and while he stayed in the game, it felt huge that the Dubs could close out in five games instead of taking risks with six games. He now gets a six -day break before having to play again, and this is a big win.

He also did a very good job, even when not scoring.

Class: B-

Bonus after the game: Tied to lead the team in assists.

Klay Thompson

37 minutes, 32 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 3 offense, 12-to-25 shooting, 8-to-16 threes, 64.0% TS, +18

I think we’re all Steve Kerr now.

If you don’t feel emotional watching Klay put on a show, then show his excitement after the team wins, then you don’t have a heart. I’m sorry, just like that.

Thompson had huge shots all game long. It’s no coincidence that the Warriors have made the NBA Finals in the last six seasons when they were healthy.

I would cry if I saw Klay able to hoist Larry O’Brien’s trophy this year. I will cry a lot, a lot of tears.

Class: A+

Bonus after the game: lead the team in points and plus / minus.

Nemanja Bjelica

22 minutes, 5 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 fouls, 2-for-4 shooting, 1-for-1 threes, 62.5% TS, +4

Bjelica was attached to the bench for the first three games of the series. In Game 4, with the Warriors facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit, Kerr put Bjelica with several other bench players, while Dallas still had a start on the court. And Bjeli played well.

And after that, Bjelica got all of Otto Porter Jr.’s minutes in Game 5, after Porter missed the second straight game.

It turned out to be a very good decision. Not only did Bjelica do the things we expected – make an open shot, make a good operant, and keep the offense running smoothly – but he also had a lot of quality defensive play, including some at Dončić.

Who knows if he will play in the Final (I would assume he will run a little after this performance), but the first half time in this game was one of the main reasons the Warriors ran with this game.

Class: A+

Jonathan Kuminga

2 minutes, 0 points, 1 error, -3

I wonder if Bjelica or Kuminga will get Porter’s minute. Kuminga was just playing in the trash so there was no answer.

Class: Incomplete

Juan Toscano-Anderson

2 minutes, 0 points, -6

It’s also a waste of time for JTA, but it ends up with a terrible plus / minus from other players at the back of the bench because they were on the court for defensive possession earlier in the game.

Class: Incomplete

Bonus after the game: Tied for the worst plus / minus on the team.

Damion Lee

2 minutes, 0 points, -3

It’s also a waste of time for Lee, who is back to getting out of rotation.

Class: Incomplete

Jordan Poole

28 minutes, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, 6-for-8 shooting, 1-for-3 threes, 3-for-3 free throws, 85.8% TS,- 6

What a very balanced game for Poole. Score from the perimeter? Check it out. Scoring with aggression? Check it out. by? Check it out. come back? Check it out. Defense? Check it out.

Don’t let the plus / minus fool you. Poole is sensational in this game.

Class: A

Bonus after the game: Tied for the worst plus / minus on the team.

Musa Moody

11 minutes, 7 points, 1 block, 1 offense, 2-for-3 shooting, 1-for-1 three, 2-for-2 free throw, +4

Moody may not have a big role in the NBA Finals, but he certainly will. a role, and it’s proof of how relaxed and error-free he is as a player.

He plays with wisdom and maturity beyond his age. On display in this game is a large bucket created when the shooting hours are running out.

Class: A

Inactive Thursday: Andre Iguodala, Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr., James Wiseman