The Golden State Warriors are back in the Western Conference Finals after beating the surprising Memphis Grizzlies in six games, returning to this round after a three-year absence. Now they wait for either the Phoenix Suns or Dallas Mavericks while recovering after a tough series against the Grizzlies.
Things weren't easy for the Dubs, who had to try hard to win this matchup. The first game saw Draymond Green getting eliminated after a hard foul on Brandon Clarke, then Gary Payton II was sidelined due to a fractured elbow, which got Dillon Brooks suspended, so you know it was a tough series physically and mentally.
Besides, they had to face the young Grizzlies that never shut up and always tried to get under the Warriors' skin, even saying eyebrow-raising stuff that stuck with some Warriors. After the series was over, Stephen Curry revealed one of the boldest things Dillon Brooks told him, already calling his team a 'dynasty', which is incredibly weird.
Via The Athletic:
“They know that we’re going to come every single year,” the 26-year-old Brooks said after scoring 30 points and making Curry work for all of his 29 (on 10-of-27 shooting overall and 6-of-17 shooting from 3-point range). “We’re young, and they’re getting old. So, they know we’re coming every single year.”
Curry, true to form, was ready with a counter.
“He’s said a lot of crazy things,” Curry told The Athletic with a smile while glancing at nearby cameras from NBA TV. “He called himself a dynasty already, so you’ve got to figure. On to the next round. Western Conference finals, we’re back. Let’s goooo!”
It is good that Brooks is confident in his talents and his team, but it's a big stretch to call the Grizzlies a 'dynasty'. Sure, they have a bright future, but until they materialize that and win it all more than once, it'll be hard to consider them a dynasty.
The Dubs were the last one in the league after dominating from 2015 through 2019, winning three championships in five trips to the Finals. With Ja Morant showing the way, Memphis has a big chance to do big things, but right now, they have to sit and watch the rest of the postseason from home.