The Warriors third on the buzzer
The Warriors, still deprived of their base and leader Stephen Curry (knee), whose return is not yet assured for the start of the play-offs, found great defensive values and chained a fifth success on Sunday for the New Orleans side. (128-107), thanks in particular to 41 points from Klay Thompson (16/29 shots, 7/14 from 3 points) and 22 points from convincing Jordan Poole. A necessary streak without which Steve Kerr’s men would not have managed to take third place in the Western Conference (53-29).
A crucial position for the sequence of events. Because in addition to home court advantage, third place gives the Warriors a guarantee of not running into Phoenix during a potential runoff. The Suns, defeated by Sacramento in a no contest game (109-116 with 15 points from the Suns side of former Strasbourg player Ishmail Wainright) remain on cloud nine and leaders of the entire NBA after a historic season for the franchise (64 wins – 18 losses).
Thompson, Draymond Green and others will thus face, in a first round that starts on Saturday, the Denver Nuggets of MVP Nikola Jokic, sixth and defeated on Sunday by the LA Lakers by Angelino coach Frank Vogel (141-146). ap, 41 points from Malik Monk), whose dismissal is announced.
Memphis, secured second place in the West, did not line up any of its executives in the loss to Boston (110-139). Frenchman Yves Pons achieved his longest playing time there -26 minutes- in eleven NBA games played this season with the Grizzlies, and added 6 points (2/7 shooting, 2/6 3-point shooting), 2 rebounds, 1 pass and 3 blocks.
Doncic: the spectrum of injury
After meeting in the Olympic semifinal, a match won by France in Tokyo (90-89), Rudy Gobert (Utah) and Luka Doncic (Dallas) should meet in the first round of the play-offs. It should, because, injured during the last day of the regular season, during Dallas’ victory over San Antonio (130-120), the Slovenian Mavericks superstar left the field at the end of the third quarter, injured in the left calf. .
An injury that, although it is synonymous with Doncic’s prolonged absence (26 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists), will more than seriously compromise the chances of the Texan club -although the latter, fourth, will have the advantage of the field- against the franchise of Salt Lake City. The Jazz for their part made the song in Portland on Sunday (111-80) with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks from Rudy Gobert.
Play-in: Clippers and Batum vs. Minnesota
Oklahoma City winners during a parody game (138-88, 14 points 15 rebounds for Frenchman Jaylen Hoard in the Thunder, Nicolás Batum did not participate in the match), Los Angeles Clippers (42-40), eighth of the season regular, who picked up Paul George a few weeks ago, is playing in the West play-in. They will travel this Tuesday to Minneapolis (seventh, 46-36), the best offense in the NBA (115.9 points per game) to try to take seventh place, which would send them to the clutches of Ja Morant’s Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. -offs.
In case of defeat, he would have a second chance to enter the top 8, this time playing at home against the winner of the matchup between New Orleans and San Antonio (Wednesday), with what is at stake, this time, eighth place and a Series against Phoenix.