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Deep-shooting Warriors reach first conference finals since 1976 by eliminating Grizzlies


Stephen Curry is the NBA’s best shooter, maybe ever. He broke his own single-season 3-pointer record this year, and it’d be surprising if he doesn’t break it again. More than anything, that outside shooting made him MVP.

His range seems limitless.

Yet, he’d never made a shot longer from farther 43 feet in the NBA.

In the final moments of the third quarter in Game 6 against the Grizzlies on Friday, Curry picked up the loose ball and fired a 62-footer.


Curry and the Warriors are going further than they’ve been in years –  a 108-95  win over Memphis sending them to their first conference finals since 1976.

Golden State will host the Rockets or Clippers – who meet in a Game 7 Sunday – in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday.

“We’ve come a long way,” said Curry, who scored 32 points on 8-of-13 3-point shooting and dished 10 assists.

The Warriors got off to a sizzling start, making 11 of their first 14 shots – including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc – to take a quick 15-point lead. The Grizzlies never led, but they cut the deficit to one in the third quarter.

Then, Curry’s long 3 helped Golden State extend its lead back to 15.

“There was a lot of – ‘Big Mo’ we call it – to end that quarter and keep the momentum on our side,” Curry said.

Momentum is definitely with the Warriors. After trailing Memphis 2-1, they won three straight to take the series in six games.

And as far as six-game series go, this was decisive. The Grizzlies won their two games by 7 and 10. Golden State’s wins came by 13, 15, 17 and 19.

This series shouldn’t take away from the Grizzlies’ fine season. They were good enough to advance further under better circumstances. Instead, facing the NBA’s best team, most of the breaks went against them.

Marc Gasol (21 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and five blocks) was exhausted by the time he checked out late in the fourth quarter – perhaps for the final time with Memphis, as he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. Mike Conley played 39 minutes despite being banged up even beyond his facial injury. A hurting Tony Allen struggled through five first-half minutes and didn’t play in the second half.

It’s impressive Memphis kept up with Curry, Klay Thompson (20 points), Draymond Green (16 rebounds) and the deep Warriors as long as it did.

After the game, Vince Carter hung around even longer. Carter – who played with Stephen’s dad, Dell Curry, on the Raptors –waited until Curry finished his on-court interview and then hugged the Golden State star.

“You got this far, man,” Carter said. “Keep it going.”

Tony Allen says he’s 60% heading into Game 6, ready to compete

Golden State Warriors v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

After sitting out Game 5 due to a hamstring injury, Tony Allen said he’d play Game 6 of the Warriors-Grizzlies series.

Despite not being full healthy for tonight’s contest, the Memphis guard isn’t backing down.

Allen, via Marc Stein of ESPN:

“Our season is on the line,” Allen said. “I’m ready to go out there and compete.

“I want to be in this battle with my team.”

Asked to estimate how close he is to full strength, Allen said he rates himself at “60 [percent] maybe.”

Memphis, trailing 3-2, depends on Allen to take turns guarding Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. That’s no easy task fully healthy, but it’s even harder with a sore hamstring.

Plus, Golden State effectively neutralized Allen in Game 4 by “guarding” him with Andrew Bogut, who actually just patrolled the paint and left Allen open on the perimeter. Allen’s jumper was shaky enough that the Grizzlies had to pull him. A counter could be Allen darting around the court to set screens. But, again, that doesn’t sound like the ideal task for someone with hamstring problems.

Even a hobbled Allen should help Memphis, which was forced to depend more too much on Jeff Green and Vince Carter in Game 5. But the Grizzlies lost by 19 points. Can a hobbled Allen bridge that wide a gap?

Memphis’ best hope might be Allen’s toughness and resolve inspiring his teammates to play better.

Tony Allen out for Grizzlies-Warriors Game 5 tonight

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr effectively took Tony Allen out of Game 4 with a daring adjustment.

Now, a hamstring injury is taking Allen out of tonight’s Game 5.

Grizzlies sideline reporter Rob Fisher:

Allen came up big in Memphis’ Game 2 and Game 3 wins, but the Warriors effectively neutralized him in Game 4.

Golden State trusted Harrison Barnes to defend Zach Randolph, and “guarded” Allen with center Andrew Bogut. Bogut mostly sagged off Allen to patrol the paint, and Allen shot just 2-for-9, including 0-for-3 on 3-pointers, in 16 minutes.

Without Allen on the court to cover them, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had an easier time operating. Now, the Splash Brothers should get that advantage over a full game.

Larger roles for Jeff Green and Vince Carter could boost the Grizzlies’ offense, but I doubt it outweighs the defensive drop-off. Memphis probably can’t keep up with the Warriors if the game becomes a shootout.

Allen contributes greatly to the Grizzlies’ toughness and defense, traits key to upsetting the Warriors. Though Memphis still has Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, it’ll be an even steeper up-hill battle tonight.