Brooks: Grizzlies coming for ‘old’ Warriors next season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Warriors are a talented group with a mix of rising stars and, of course, their seasoned core of experienced veterans.
That NBA playoff wisdom helped Golden State advance to the Western Conference Finals with a 110-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round at Chase Center on Friday night, but Dillon Brooks had a different name after. the game.
“We’re young and they’re getting old,” the Memphis forward told reporters. “They know we come every year.”
The Warriors’ starting roster in Game 6 had an average age of 30.2, while the Grizzlies’ roster was an average of five years younger at 25. The advantage of that age gap, however, showed up in box scoring.
But along with Klay Thompson, Brooks, 26, tied the game-high with 30 points on Friday – a complete turnaround from his performances in Games 4 and 5 after serving a Game 3 suspension for breaking Gary Payton II’s elbow with a flagrant 2 fouls in game 2.
Despite being the center of much scrutiny and roaring boos from Dub Nation for the play that hurt Payton, Brooks noted it with Warriors players on the field after Friday’s game and said he There was “100%” mutual respect between the two teams after the Western Conference Semifinals.
He also complimented Game 6 Klay and Steph Curry, who combined for 59 points at their “old” age in Game 6.
“That’s how I play. I play for respect,” Brooks said. “I play for my peers to respect me. It’s a good motivation, a good learning experience to play against the two best shooters in history, and to face them is an incredible feeling.
The Warriors were able to get revenge on the Grizzlies this year after Memphis ended its 2020-21 season by beating them in the qualifying tournament.
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Now Brooks looks forward to the rivalry continuing, regardless of the age of his opponents.
“It’s great for us, and we’re going to take that all summer and [be] ready to start again,” he said.