Draymond Green: ‘Livid’ Stephen Curry is exactly what Warriors need in Game 6 | NBA News

Draymond Green: ‘Livid’ Stephen Curry is exactly what Warriors need in Game 6 | NBA News

There’s been a lot of talk about ‘Game 6 Klay’ in the past, but Draymond Green feels the Boston Celtics should be on high alert for ‘Game 6 Steph’.

This is after Stephen Curry failed to score from 3 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 104-94 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, going 0-9 from beyond the arc.

Green reckons Curry’s poor shooting performance, which ended a 233-game streak with at least one 3-point shot, will pull his colleague to inflict damage on Boston on Thursday night.

“A win is a win,” said Green, who had by far his best performance of the series yet in Game 5. “Whether Stephen gets 43, 10 and 4 (his stat line from Game 4) or he finishes with 16 on Shot 7 for 26, a win is a win.

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green confuses the Boston Celtics defense with this magnificent fake that opens up an easy slam dunk

“Obviously we talked about helping him and I don’t think he was helpless there – that’s the story – but everyone is doing their part. Tonight, a night where he doesn’t didn’t, we found offense elsewhere.

“Now it’s good for us. He was 0-9 out of three. He’s going to be livid before Game 6 and that’s exactly what we need.”

The Celtics can’t afford another loss, now trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. To compound their struggles, they’ll face a determined Curry – and both Splash Brothers believe the league’s two-time MVP is likely to rebound with enthusiasm.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts during Game 5
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry looks on in frustration during Game 5

“The track record says I’ll shoot the ball better next game,” said Curry, who had 25 threes in the first four games. “And I can’t wait to bounce back.”

In the NBA playoffs, he has no prior frame of reference for this situation as he had scored 3 points in all 132 games of his playoff career prior to Monday night, dating back to 2013.

Klay Thompson, who shot 5 of 11 from downtown in Game 5 en route to 21 points, and is normally the one touted for famous Game 6 performances.

The nickname first appeared when the Warriors faced the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. Trailing 3-2 in the series after winning Game 5 at their former home, Oracle Arena, Thompson delivered an NBA Playoffs performance for the ages in Game 6 at Oklahoma City. He scored 41 points and knocked down 11 3-pointers — with 19 of his points in the fourth quarter to overturn an eight-point deficit with the Dubs’ season on the line.

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Highlights from the Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors clash in Game 5 of the NBA Finals

In the Warriors’ only Game 6 of this postseason, Thompson knocked down eight 3-pointers on the way to 30 points against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semifinals. So the nickname holds up well over time, it seems.

He now looks forward to seeing what his longtime partner produces after his disappointing performance in San Francisco.

“We’re never stressed or worried about number 30. I just know he’ll respond,” Thompson said. “He’s one of the greatest competitors I’ve ever seen and he’s a perfectionist like me, so I know he’ll think about the shots he missed and that’s a good thing because Thursday … most of the time he regresses towards the bad guy and it’s scary when he does!”

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Stephen Curry busted for 43 points in Game 4 of the NBA Finals as the Golden State Warriors tied the series against the Boston Celtics

Thompson, who, like Curry, is one of the greatest shooters of all time, paid tribute to the 34-year-old’s accomplishment after his longest consecutive game streak ended with a done three – “of away,” Klay said. , breaking into the matter and probably having no intention of making a pun – in NBA history.

“The man is a magician with the ball in his hands and really redefines what the point guard position is capable of,” Thompson said. “I’ve never seen a player who can shoot from the ball screen or the pin-down or anywhere like Steph and I was just very lucky to share the backcourt with him.

“I’ve seen him do so many amazing things that have become routine and expected, but that shouldn’t be because he really is a transcendent talent that we’ll never see again.”

Now it’s Boston for the first of two chances to wrap up a fourth championship in eight years for the trio of Curry, Thompson and Green.

Younger Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson in action for the Golden State Warriors against the OKC Thunder in 2014
Younger Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson in action for the Golden State Warriors in 2014 ahead of their first NBA Finals appearance

“I don’t think I’ve ever been happier after a night at 0 for any guy,” Curry said. “I just know the context of the game. There’s a fire burning and I want to take shots, but the rest is just about how you win the game. And we did that.”

Victory in Game 5 allowed the Warriors triumvirate to pass San Antonio Spurs legends Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker to 20 NBA Finals wins, the most in 30 years.

“It’s a blessing,” Thompson said. “I mean, these three guys are Hall of Famers and some of the greatest to ever play. I feel like they’ve played my whole life, my whole childhood, so to be in the same business with them is humiliating.

“It’s great, but it would really add to our legacy if we shut this thing down. We haven’t done anything yet and the mission is still the same. We’re all looking forward to getting to Boston and playing a great game on Thursday.

“It won’t mean much unless we get another one.”

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