What Stephen Curry, Draymond Green said after Warriors eliminated Memphis Grizzlies
It was May 21 of last year when the Memphis Grizzlies ended the Golden State Warriors' season in the Play-In tournament at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The win ended a four-year postseason drought and led the Grizzlies to higher expectations.
On Friday, 358 days later, the Warriors retaliated at the same building, winning Game 6 110-96 and winning the series 4-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals. All-star point guard Ja Morant was sidelined instead of making game-changing baskets, and the Grizzlies left the court as their historic season ended
The Warriors, who have been on their way to their sixth conference finals since 2015, acknowledged their efforts as Draymond hugged Green and spoke to Morant before the final buzzer. Green started the streak, ejected in Game 1 for an apparent foul, and ended it by praising the Grizzlies for their fight.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry drives for a basket against Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams in the first half of Game 6 of an NBA Basketball Western Conference Playoff semifinals in San Francisco, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
"This is a group of young people who are hungry, they are talented, they are athletic. They got it," Green said. "You know, it will be good to see their progress over the next few years and where they can take it because this is an incredibly young team. You know, they can be special. They can really be something special.”
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Of course, there were some final insignificant moments in a series that got heated on social media. Warriors fans chanted "Whoop That Trick" — the unofficial anthem of the Grizzlies and Memphis — in the fourth quarter as their team pulled away on a final 24-7 run.
Warriors rookie forward Jonathan Kuminga, who did not play Friday, tweeted "Whoop That" after the game. That garnered a friendly response from Morant, who said, "I need to earn some stripes as a first kid" with a laughing emoji.
Green attended with Grizzlies fans singing it during Game 5 and said it was good for Warriors fans to give back a taste of their medicine. Stephen Curry called it phenomenal and "part of the fun of the playoffs".
But he also gave Morant props, calling him a "problem" and adding "the sky's the limit" for him. He agreed with Green that the Grizzlies have a bright future because they've won 56 games this season and pushed the Warriors through a six-game streak.
Since the 2015 semifinals, another chapter has been added between these teams. Curry, Green and Klay Thompson are what remain of those fights that helped start their championship dynasty.
There's no telling what will emerge from this version of the Grizzlies losing to the Warriors. But seeds have been planted and while the Warriors paid off last season, they know something good is growing in Memphis to keep an eye on.
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