The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals after 2 disappointing years marred with injuries. They have successfully made it out of the West without significant roster changes in the offseason and a secure future. This will be Klay Thompson‘s sixth consecutive finals appearance after missing 900+ days of NBA action.
Stephen Curry lifted the inaugural Conference Finals MVP trophy despite an underwhelming Game 5 offensively. Luka Doncic sold the Mavericks scoring abysmally low in the first half when the Warriors went on a run to seal the deal.
Although Dallas came dangerously close in the third quarter cutting down the lead to a single digit, the Warriors rallied back.
Klay Thompson brought “Game 6 Klay” to Game 5
Klay Thompson is a major reason behind the Warriors ending the first half with a double-digit lead. He had 19 points in 18 minutes. This particularly came as a surprise because he only had 18 points combined in the first four games. He ended the night with 32 to reach his 6th straight Finals.
The record for most threes in a single playoff game is 12 and Thompson wanted to be close to that number. His only regret from the game is that he left 3 on the board.
Klay Thompson has one regret about tonight’s performance. 😂 pic.twitter.com/1PqZjHzelK
— theScore (@theScore) May 27, 2022
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry have possibly every 3-pt record to their name except this one. Damian Lillard holds the record for most threes in a playoff game and Klay Thompson was expecting to beat that last night against Luka Doncic and co.
If he continues to perform like this in the finals the Warriors can take care of business and bring that 7th championship title in franchise history. Boston is more likely to come out of the East as Miami faces elimination in Game 6. The Celtics have the regular-season record in their favour but so did the Grizzlies, Nuggets, and the Mavericks this season.
Golden State defeated all these teams to reach the NBA finals and give Stephen Curry an opportunity to win his first Finals MVP.