After beating the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors wore 2022 NBA Finals hats and people were loving the retro look.
The Golden State Warriors are into their sixth NBA Finals in eight years after beating the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors won Game 5 on Thursday night at Chase Center, 120-110, to punch their ticket to the Finals where they will meet either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat.
Steph Curry wins inaugural Western Conference Finals MVP award
After Game 5, Steph Curry was announced as the inaugural winner of the Magic Johnson Western Conference Finals MVP trophy. It is the first year the league has introduced trophies for the MVP of the Conference Finals. Curry was the first recipient of the award after his performances in the series against the Mavericks.
Curry averaged 23.8 points, 7.4 assists and 6.6 rebounds on 43.9% shooting in the series. He was presented with the award by former Warrior Shaun Livingston.
“The new trophy is pretty cool,” Curry told ESPN after being presented with the award. “Especially with who it’s named after, the standard Magic set in terms of being a champion and playing the point guard position, whatever other position he played. Just the excellence he demonstrated throughout his career.”
Warriors debut 2022 Finals hat – here’s where to buy one
Immediately after the game, the Warriors were presented with the Western Conference Finals trophy by Inside the NBA’s Ernie Johnson.
The Warriors were kitted out in special white T-shirts with the words ‘champs’ written on them in honour of them reaching the Finals.
The players also wore grey-and-black Warriors NBA Finals hats commemorating their achievement. During the presentation, fans took to social media to share how much they liked them:
The Golden State Warriors New Era 2022 9FIFTY Snapback Adjustable Hat is now available to purchase online. They retail at $38.99 and can be purchased on the official NBA website here.
The white Conference Finals champion T-shirts are also available to buy on the website.
Klay Thompson shines after difficult few years
The star of Game 5 was undoubtedly Klay Thompson, who finished with 32 points including 19 in the first half. It has been a tough few years for the three-time champion after he missed the last two seasons through injury.
In the 2019 NBA Finals, Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. He then suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in the lead-up to the 2020-21 season, which forced him out for the whole of last season.
Klay finished Game 5 on 12-of-25 shooting, including eight 3-pointers. Per ESPN, he became the first player in NBA history to hit eight 3s in multiple series-clinching games in his career (he hit eight in Game 6 against the Memphis Grizzlies).
“I dreamt about this day,” Thompson said. “Just my appreciation for moving my body again, I thought about that. I thought about those days I couldn’t run or jump, how lucky we are to do what we do. Just to be here again wearing this (Western Conference Champion) shirt, wear this (NBA Finals) hat. I mean, I dreamt of this.”
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