Steph Curry explains how Mavericks’ Game 4 ‘ego win’ unfolded

Steph Curry explains how Mavericks’ Game 4 ‘ego win’ unfolded

Between the leaking roof, a basketball in balance and the Warriors’ disengaged performance nearly came back, Dub Nation wondered what was wrong when the team’s sweeping opportunity wasted in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

After Golden State fell 119-109 at the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night, Steph Curry tried to explain to reporters exactly why his team couldn’t close out the series.

In a stunning turn of events, the Mavericks were able to rebound from their three-game zero deficit and move into the win column after going 20 for 43 on 3-point attempts – a performance from the field by Dallas that Curry has called a “victory of the ego”.

“A lot of it was just great shooting from them,” Curry told reporters after the game, noting that Dallas was “pushing all over the place” during Game 1, but the shots weren’t coming in.

And in Game 2, Curry said, Golden State managed to cool off the Mavericks’ hot start in the second half, while Game 3 was an “average type” game.

“Tonight you play was almost like an ego win,” Curry said, explaining Dallas’ mindset. “You go out and you really have nothing to lose, so that confidence started early. We really haven’t done anything to slow it down.

“And then that’s when the avalanche starts.”

It was indeed an avalanche, with the Mavericks leading by as much as 29 points during the game. The Warriors came within eight points of the lead in the fourth quarter, but the bench-inspired comeback failed to get the scan.

“So that’s a good lesson learned,” Curry continues. “You take your hat off to them because they made a lot of shots. We had a few breakdowns in our area that gave them an easy look, and they charged us.

“We knew that to close them, it will be difficult. So you have to stick to the defense. When we get home Game 5 and figure out how to slow them down, especially in the first quarter.

Curry also talked about how the Mavericks were able to break down Golden State’s zone defense.

“They tried stuff against our zone, trying to overload one side and force us to turn, and we were just a bit slow,” he said. “They obviously have a composition where they can put five shooters there and then they changed it – I don’t know if it was the end of the first half or the second half, but they have put Luka [Dončić] ball in the area, so he was the one who caught with a live dribble and gave us a read.

With the Warriors looking for a gentlemanly sweep in Game 5 at Chase Center on Thursday, Dallas can rest assured that Curry and Co. will be ready to try and stop the Mavericks’ 3-point run.

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“The playoffs are fun. It’s a game of adjustments, and you have to understand [it] out,” Curry said Tuesday. “If you can’t do it on the fly and you have a game like the one you have tonight – these next 48 hours prepare and come out with another level of focus on what they did to win. the game like they did tonight.”

No NBA team has ever climbed from a three-game to nil hole in the playoffs, but the Mavericks on Tuesday looked like a team that had a chance if the baskets kept falling in their favor.

And the Warriors certainly don’t take that lightly.

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