Again winner of Dallas (120-110), Thursday evening in San Francisco during game 5 of the semi-final in the West, Golden State made its return to the finals, three years after its defeat against Toronto. The Warriors will face either Boston or Miami.
Three years later, Golden State is back in the NBA Finals. Since Game 3, the Warriors’ third straight win in this Western Conference semi-final which immediately saw the Californians set the tone by leading 3-0, Stephen Curry and his teammates were only one step away. victory to find the finals, three years after their defeat (4-2) against the Toronto Raptors. It only remained to be seen when this fourth decisive victory would come and if Dallas would manage to avoid the sweep (4-0) which seemed to him promised. Finally, the Mavericks ended up saving the honor, at home in game 4. Luka Doncic and his family nevertheless left these play-offs through the very small door.
The return of the series to San Francisco, Thursday, has indeed led to a new victory of the third of the regular season in the West against the fourth (120-110). The Texans are therefore on vacation, while the Warriors, themselves, offer themselves an opportunity to definitively evacuate the disappointment of 2019. This time, they will face Boston, on the verge of climbing to the bottom step (the Celtics lead 3-2 before Game 6, Friday at TD Garden) or Miami, an unfortunate finalist against the Lakers in the Orlando bubble in 2020. Even more impressive: from June 2, Golden State will play its sixth final in eight years.
Admittedly, of the five played so far over the past eight years, he has only won three (in 2015, 2017 and 2018). Everything suggests, however, that the seventh ring may not be far away for these Warriors who could not count as much as usual on Curry on Thursday (the leader, hit in an ankle at the start of the game, gave 9 assists and scored 15 points but only 5 of 17 on shots, including 2 of 7 from three points).
On the other hand, the four strong men of Dub Nation Klay Thompson (32 points to 8 of 16 three-pointers), especially monstrous, Draymond Green (17 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds), Andrew Wiggins (18 points, 10 rebounds ) and Jordan Poole (16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists), without forgetting Kevon Looney (18 points, 10 rebounds), still very valuable too, again hurt the Mavs very badly.
Luka Doncic certainly restarted this game 5 in the third quarter, won 32-25 by the Mavs, but was not on his plate for all that (28 points on 10 of 28 shooting, including 3 of 13 three-pointers, 9 rebounds, 6 assists). Faced with such an armada, the Slovenian like his team did not have much to hope for in this semi-final anyway. And it was confirmed.