Steph Curry, a Warriors winner in Game 4 win vs. The Celtics
Well, the Golden State Warriors did just that. When he wanted more, he climbed the ladder and beat the Boston Celtics 107-97, built the NBA Finals in two games each, and returned home to the Dubs.
As such, the Warriors are also in a good position. And especially because of what Steph Curry did.
More on that in a moment. It’s time to pick players, based on our expectations for everyone.
Note: League-average true-shooting percentage (TS) this season was 56.6%
33 minutes, 2 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, 2 turns, 3 bad, 1-for-7 shots, 0-for-2 trips, 14.3% TS, 0 plus / minus
I do not know 100% what I would do with Green’s performance in this. I was expecting a big game from him after he fought Game 3, and it didn’t happen. The case also seemed more serious, with Kevon Looney or without him in court, even though the play was better.
He still doesn’t look like “defensive player of the year” Draymond Green, but it was a big step forward.
He was placed on the bench for the fourth quarter, and when he assisted Steve Kerr, he also showed that he had been bitten. We can see the best performance in Game 5.
Send game bonus: He led the team in support.
Otto Porter Jr.
15 minutes, 2 points, 1 restore, 1 assist, 1 disadvantage, 0-for-2 shot, 0-for-2 triple, 2-for-2 free throw, 34.7% TS, -1
Porter started with Looney, and, as has been the case for a long time, the man who replaced Looney suffered.
It was like an empty game for Porter. Not good, not bad. The Warriors needed to be involved, and they were not making, so they move on.
43 minutes, 17 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steals, 2 turnovers, 2 fauls, 7-for-17 shots, 2-for-6 throws, 1-for-2 free throws, 47.5% TS, +20
I shudder to think of where the Warriors would be without Wiggins’ list. His shooting continues uninterrupted, but each game finds a way to deliver what the team really needs.
This team? Dangerous recurrence. He killed Boston rides and road safety on cars. He kept the Warriors afloat with a series of frustrating and repetitive defeats.
And without doing so, he made Jayson Tatum the way you would expect.
Send game bonus: He led the team in rebounds.
41 minutes, 43 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 turns, 3 errors, 14 shot for 26, 7-for-14 three, 8-for-9 free throw, 71.8% TS, +11
I have no word on what Curry did. With the team having the backs turned on the wall, they rode with one of the NBA Finals’ most prestigious games in recent memory. When no one could shoot, Curry made the impossible. When the team really wanted him, he reminded the world that he is not one of the best, not one of the best players, but one of the greatest players of all time.
So I just roll the tape, drink some alcohol, and have fun. I suggest you do the same.
Category: A +
Send game bonus: He led the team on points.
41 minutes, 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steals, 2 blocks, 1 rebounds, 4 bad, 7-to-17 shots, 4-to-10 throws, 52.9% TS, +2
The incident was somewhere between Klay who wrestled in Game 1 and 2 with an athlete we know is hiding somewhere.
He made clutch shots, but the results were not effective.
His defense did well in this, as he did a good job against Jalen Brown.
9 minutes, 0 points, 1 repetition, 1 steal, 1 refund, 0-for-2 shots, 0-for-1 triple, 0.0% TS, -4
Bjelica scored a few minutes and, despite the short line, played very well. He continues to play well on Tatum which … I don’t think many people had this on their bingo card! Super cool though.
Send game bonus: Worst of all inclusion / removal in public.
28 minutes, 6 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 3 turns, 3 bad, 3-to-4 shots, 75.0% TS, +21
The Warriors are not asking Looney to destroy Al Horford or Robert Williams III. But once they do, it is very difficult to overcome them.
Category: A +
Send game bonus: He led the team in addition / subtraction.
Gary Payton II
10 minutes, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steals, 1 block, 1 turns, 1 hits, 2-to-3 shots, 0-to-1 throws, 1-to-2 free throws, 64.4% TS, -1
The GPII is unlikely to find much time to play in this series, but it has been active for a few explosions. His defense on the ball has severely damaged Boston, and it has disappointed the Celtics’ mistake.
Category: B +
21 minutes, 14 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 refund, 4 errors, 6-to-13 shots, 2-to-7 trips, 53.9% TS, +2
We have yet to see Poole play in the NBA Finals, after some high-profile games in the playoffs. Poole had a good time at the game, but the results were not very strong.
However, Boston is protecting him as a weapon, and that aids the whole offense.
Friday DNPs: Andre Iguodala, Jonathan Kuminga, Damion Lee, Moses Moody, Juan Toscano-Anderson
Friday does not apply: James Wiseman