Steph Curry: Golden State Warriors have ‘incredible opportunity’ to reach NBA Finals again | NBA News

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are cherishing this year’s playoffs with the Golden State Warrior after spending the past two years not making the playoffs.

The Warriors, who booked their spot in the Western Conference Finals with a 4-2 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, made it to five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, winning three of them, but have completely missed the playoffs in 2020 and 2021 amid a series of injuries.

“It’s amazing what we’ve been through the last two years, and six of the last eight years we’ve had the opportunity to play in the Finals,” Curry said after Golden State’s 110-96 win over Memphis. Friday night.

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Highlights of the Memphis Grizzlies against the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

“I think me, Draymond, Klay, Loon [Kevon Looney] we have been in this situation before. We understand the emotions, the adrenaline, how badly you want it, how hard it is.

“Never take it for granted and understand that’s what it’s all about, and then for us to have another opportunity to get four more wins and play for a trophy, that’s special. .”

For Thompson, in particular, it means so much after returning from injury only in January after more than two and a half years recovering from surgeries on his left knee and right Achilles tendon.

Klay Thompson shoots a three against the Oklahoma City Thunder
Klay Thompson shoots a three against the Oklahoma City Thunder

Thompson scored 30 points Friday night, with eight 3-pointers adding another Game 6 masterpiece to his long list.

“I like the moments. I like the pressure,” Thompson said. “I love playing basketball at the highest level.”

The Warriors next face the No. 1 seeded Phoenix Suns or the Dallas Mavericks in a best-of-seven battle for the West. The decisive Game 7 of this series will take place on Sunday in Phoenix.

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Green, who was joined on the postgame podium with his son DJ, shared a story of watching the Cabo San Lucas playoffs around this time last year. “It feels good to be back,” he said.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green against the Miami Heat in January 2022
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green against the Miami Heat in January 2022

“I used to take it for granted and think that’s how it’s supposed to be, we’re supposed to make the Western Conference Finals.

“The reality is that I still think it, but I have a much deeper appreciation for it. It’s so hard. I feel like every time it gets harder and harder.

“And to miss the playoffs the last two years, I remember sitting in Cabo last year watching the playoffs and don’t get me wrong, I love Cabo, but it was brutal to watch. “

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