NBA playoffs 2022 live updates: Grizzlies, Warriors battle in Game 6; Tatum's 46 points for Celtics force Game 7 – The Athletic

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback in Game 5, is looking to book his ticket to the Eastern Conference finals with a Game 6 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday. The Miami Heat are waiting in the wings for the winner of this series after they eliminated Philadelphia on Thursday.

Out West, the Golden State Warriors hope to close out their series against the Memphis Grizzlies after losing by 39 points in Game 5 on Wednesday.

FRIDAY'S GAMES
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Game 6: Celtics 108, Bucks 95 (Series tied 3-3)
Game 6: Grizzlies at Warriors, live. TV: ESPN (Warriors lead series 3-2)

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May 14, 2022 at 12:08 AM EDT
That's 39 turnovers the last seven quarters for the Warriors. Up 78-77 heading to the fourth.
May 14, 2022 at 12:05 AM EDT
The Grizzlies' backline of defense is in the Warriors' head. They are driving and kicking out because they know Jackson is coming. They were dominating in the paint the first three games.

Now, the paint has been closed off. It's really bothering Curry, who likes to get to the rim when his jumper is falling. It's not right now but he isn't getting looks at the rim. The midrange is open if he takes it.

The other option is to simply challenge Jaren Jackson Jr. Give him a hard pump fake. The one foul Curry got was challenging Jackson.
May 13, 2022 at 11:53 PM EDT
Already Klay Thompson's most points in this series. Has 27 in 25 minutes. Seven made 3s. Shot selection still suspect, but hitting.
SAME ENERGY pic.twitter.com/fjS1mbAgVW
Steph to Dray to Klay

📺 @espn pic.twitter.com/vpIRSLDIFW
May 13, 2022 at 11:33 PM EDT
Scored just 23 points (after 30 in the first) on 7-for-26 shooting. Their 6 turnovers only led to 3 points but they are lost possessions that keep Memphis in the game.

Warriors are shooting just 34.8 percent from the field as they still don't know how to get looks inside the arc on the Ja Morant-less Grizzlies. Wiggins is 1-for-8. Curry is 4-for-13. Poole is 3-for-10.
May 13, 2022 at 11:29 PM EDT
Warriors – 49
Grizzlies – 24
May 13, 2022 at 11:27 PM EDT
Frantic half from Steph Curry. Scattered dribble, a few bad turnovers, couldn't find his shot.

But he is aggressive and feels like the Warriors are getting him the looks/matchups they want. Feels like it's on him to bring Warriors home in second half.
that game six energy ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/r3hiUOgTfB
May 13, 2022 at 11:24 PM EDT
I know the Warriors commit a lot of turnovers – “plays of insanity,” as Steve Kerr puts it – but they’re being ridiculously careless with the ball tonight, and it’s giving the Grizzlies a chance to steal this game if it continues.
May 13, 2022 at 11:18 PM EDT
Steven Adams limping pretty bad on his right ankle. Asked out and is going to the locker room.
May 13, 2022 at 11:09 PM EDT
The Grizzlies could win. The Grizzlies could lose.

But whatever the result is, just know that Dillon Brooks did not lose his confidence.

Brooks has taken 10 3s already, and we're 18 minutes into this game. He's made five of them. He's chucking from everywhere.
18 in the first half for DB 🦹‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/CI4uHplYCx
May 13, 2022 at 11:03 PM EDT
Memphis' 3-point shooting has been the surprise of the series. They finished the regular season 23rd in the NBA with 11.5 makes per game. and 17th at 35.3 percent.

Then, in the first round against Minnesota, they averaged 11.5 points on 36.3 percent shooting.

But in this series against the Warriors — whose scheme banked on the Grizzlies' poor shooting — Memphis is making them at a 40.8. percent clip. They came into Game 5 averaging 14.6 threes per game (more than the Warriors' 12.2) and made six in the first 15 minutes of Game 6.

The 3s are keeping them tethered to Golden State, who already have made 10 of 19 from deep.
you know the lingo…. pic.twitter.com/PKHcusEFYx
May 13, 2022 at 10:53 PM EDT
Can the rest of this blog be about how Kevon Looney just grabbed 11 rebounds in one quarter?
Loon has 11 rebounds

we've only played one quarter 🤯
May 13, 2022 at 10:52 PM EDT
Klay Thompson's first quarter: 11 points on 4/5 FG. It does look like one of those Game 6 nights for his jumper.

Warriors only lead 30-26.
14 & counting for KT 💦 pic.twitter.com/wBQlcaAg5W
May 13, 2022 at 10:46 PM EDT
The theme of this series is happening again. The Warriors turn the ball over a ton. The Grizzlies don't turn it over much and force a bunch of takeaways.

And guess what? Golden State has five turnovers early, compared to only one for Memphis.
May 13, 2022 at 10:40 PM EDT
Immediate 8-0 Grizzlies run when the Warriors go smaller.

Turnovers continue to kill them.
May 13, 2022 at 10:39 PM EDT
Dillon Brooks is making up for lost time. He couldn't buy a shot in this series … until about five minutes ago.

He just drained back-to-back 3s and has already his three triples in the first seven minutes of this game.
DOT EM DB @dillonbrooks24 pic.twitter.com/UmNjGl6DD9
May 13, 2022 at 10:34 PM EDT
This bigger starting lineup with Draymond and Looney did its job. In for defensive purposes.

Held the Grizzlies to eight points in six minutes. Up 16-8. Jordan Poole enters.
May 13, 2022 at 10:32 PM EDT
Suns-Mavericks Game 7 will start at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on TNT.

Celtics-Bucks Game 7 will be 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
May 13, 2022 at 10:24 PM EDT
First quarter turnovers for the Warriors in this series: 7, 6, 6, 4, 4. Those are big numbers.

Early indicator on what type of night it'll be for GSW is how well they're protecting possession of the ball.
May 13, 2022 at 10:22 PM EDT
Just a special game for Jayson Tatum. The Celtics needed to escape a whole lot in this one, but he had every answer early in the fourth to keep the Bucks at bay.

Game 7 should be fun.
GAME 7 HERE WE COME ☘️ pic.twitter.com/1jPxk0VRHH
May 13, 2022 at 10:15 PM EDT
Jayson Tatum finishes the night with 46 points on 17-of-32 shooting, 7-for-15 from 3. Managed to outscore and somehow take just about as many shots as Giannis, who got to the line 15 times.

Finally a crown jewel performance for Tatum in this series to send it to Game 7. He’s been overwhelmed with Milwaukee’s physicality and settling all series. He settled at times tonight, but kept fighting in a way he hasn’t shown all series.

Now he has saved the Celtics’ season.
HE CANNOT BE STOPPED pic.twitter.com/fDdK8JyI41

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