Stephen Curry turned eight free kicks in the final 45.7 seconds on the way to 32 points, trailing the Golden State Warriors on the way to a 101-98 victory over Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night with a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
Curry also provided eight assistants when Golden State won the match without head coach Steve Kerr confirming he had a Covid-19 within two hours of being identified.
“Obviously there are butterflies, because when you re-enter the game you have a different mindset and it’s a great game. “Every game we play right now is a big one,” said Warriors assistant Mike Brown, who agreed on Sunday to oversee the Sacramento Kings after the game.
“Then when I’m thrown like this, you have to change gears because I know what I have to do as Mike Brown’s assistant coach, and it changes.”
But Brown has already done this. He led the Warriors to an 11-0 record during the 2017 title season when Kerr was out battling the debilitating symptoms from back-to-back surgery two years ago.
“His Warrior playoff coaching coach I think has not been defeated,” said Klay Thompson. “We really missed Steve, his words, his presence, but we were already there, 2017 when Mike took over and we won a lot, so I really thought about it.”
Curry took the lead and now the Warriors are one win from a trip to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2019. He built on 90 on the first fall jumper and 3:25 to go with his two free runs and 45.7 seconds to go gave the Warriors a 94-93 lead, their first night. Golden State scored 39 points in the fourth round, surpassing 38 points in the first round.
“Nothing we thought, it didn’t allow the first three rounds to affect that we had a chance to win the game,” Curry said. “Shooting what you think you can do, playing aggressively, managing the ball. We did all these things.”
Tyus Jones had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists while Memphis missed an All-Star Ja Morant injury. Dillon Brooks bounced back from a one-game suspension and struggled hard, missing a three-point lead with 53 seconds left and finishing 5 for 19 and 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
“It simply came to our notice then. It is a difficult pill to swallow. It was like we were leading the game, “said Jones.” We felt like we were in the right place.
Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Thompson scored 14 points despite missing seven of his 3 appearances for the Cold Warriors, who did not fight to do all of Morant this season. The Grizzlies goalkeeper missed the game and suffered pain in his right knee after Jordan Poole caught him on his way to late play in Game 3 – Morant coach and Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins doubted Poole’s intentions. It is unknown if Morant will return for Game 5 on Wednesday in Memphis.
Brooks sat in Game 3 as a league penalty for his Flagrant 2 foul that injured Gary Payton II in Game 2, when Brooks hit a Golden State guard in the head while trying to drive and Payton fell hard and broke his left elbow. Kerr called it a “dirty game” and said Brooks violated NBA rules.
Brooks was ridiculed almost every time he touched a ball, made a mistake or came back into the game.
“He forced two. Trying to get him back, “Jenkins said.” He’s obviously been out for a few days.
Draymond Green’s former Michigan State colleague Adreian Payne was killed in a shooting in Florida earlier in the day. Green did not discuss the shooting but donated $ 100,000 to make a bag in honor of Payne.
“It was an exciting day,” Thompson said. “I pray for Adreian and Draymond’s family, knowing that they were playing together. It’s just a terrible loss. His legacy can be there, and only a sad day. “
In another game on Monday, Al Horford managed to run 10-0 and run the ground, hitting the gym and doing mischief on second-place MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Horford by screaming and pulling out his fists.
Horford’s main moment was a fourth-round reprieve in the fourth quarter that saw the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108 and build their Eastern Conference semifinals in two games together.
“Most of the time I just do my business,” says Horford, a graduate of the gym – 30. “I’m happy, but I think you choose your place, your moments. This was a touching game.”
The teams take turns winning the best of the seventh series, which continues on Wednesday with Game 5 in Boston.