The NBA Finals 2022: The Warriors Supporting Team Ups scenario, holds Stephen Curry in Game 5 wins vs. Celtics

San Francisco If a fortune teller told you Stephen Curry would make history in Game Five of the NBA Finals, you would probably guess that the Golden State Warriors would win. After all, Curry was coming off a 43-point, 10 rebounds effort in Game 4 that put him in the respected point guard company of legends Magic Johnson and Jerry West. The possibilities, it seemed, were endless.

You were then cursing the shady clairvoyant with all your heart when you realized that the history Carrie had made was kind of shameful. The greatest shooter of all time was 0-for-9 out of a 3-point range Monday night, marking the first time in 132 straight playoffs — 233 straight games including the regular season — that he failed to make one of the 3 indicators. Curry finished with 16 points, nearly 20 points below his average in the first four games of the finals.

However, this Warriors team, who found essentially zero insults outside of Curry in the Finals, worked, grappled and smashed their way to a 104-94 victory over the Boston Celtics to advance 3-2 and come within one win for their fourth NBA title in eight seasons.

Watching The Warriors on Monday was like watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air after she replaced Aunt Viv with a different actress. You know it’s the same show, but it’s completely different than what you’re used to.

All the talk in Game 5 was about how heavy Carrie was carrying the Warriors. It was the subject of head-turning talk shows, a Sunday-media theme, and fun fodder from NBA social media legend King Josiah.

But in Game Five on Monday, the rest of the Warriors did more than carry their weights. They carried Carrie as well.

Gary Payton, Warriors goalkeeper, said after the match victory. “Really, everyone just just goes for themselves and is selfless and tries to put in the plays for themselves, but then again, they play with their teammates to do it.”

The supporting cast started with Andrew Wiggins, who for the second game in a row looked like the second-best player on Golden State’s roster—perhaps the second best player in the series. He put 26 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and a block in the 43rd minute, once again taking charge of guarding Celtics stars Jason Tatum and Jaylene Brown. Wiggins was on the floor, scoring 10 points in a 5-for-6 shot in the fourth quarter, capping things off with an sympathetic dip that ended any fading hope of a late Celtics comeback.

“We don’t get more excited than when he dunks and shoves on someone and flings them,” Warriors goalkeeper Clay Thompson said after the game. “This really raises the bar for the entire team and the Bay Area.”

Wiggins wasn’t the only one doing the work while Carrie was struggling. Thompson had 21 points in the 5-for-11 shooting from a 3-point range, and another in a string of clutch performances with the Warriors’ post-season in the balance. Draymond Green, who has been hurt for the past two weeks, put together eight points – nearly half of his total points in the first four games of the series combined – to line up with eight rebounds and six assists, setting the tone from opening tip with his card and pressure on both ends of the ground.

With Kevin Looney limited to 17 minutes due to an early foul issue, Warriors coach Steve Kerr went to smaller formations, allowing Peyton to thrive. He demonstrated a unique combination of elite perimeter and interior defense on his way to 15 points, five rebounds, and three steals in a 6-for-8 shot.

“The guy is the backbone. He’s incredible,” Kerr said of Payton after winning Game Five. “An amazing athlete, a great defensive player. He has really good instincts, and he’s obviously very competitive… He’s come a long way, and now he has a chance to shine in the finals, so he’s fantastic.”

In terms of momentum, perhaps no player has been more important to the Warriors’ victory than Jordan Ball. The 22-year-old endured his ups and downs during the first round of playoffs, but came to the rescue at the end of the third quarter during which the Celtics overturned a 12-point deficit in the first half into a five-point lead. As the bell prepared to sound at the end of the period, Paul let out a 38-foot-tall sound that crashed into the glass and settled down. This was his second long bat of the series, and it gave warriors a rein that they wouldn’t give up.

“That was an important part of the game, for us to respond to that,” Kerr said. “Jordan hit a big couple in third and then had a good stretch to start fourth as well. But the response to Boston’s sprint to me was key to the match.”

The rise of the cast supporting The Warriors into a big moment is no accident. Kerr has consistently worked to get the last man to sit on the bench a few minutes every few minutes, realizing from his own experience as a role player that going so long without seeing the action of the game not only makes you rusty, but also leaves you feeling left out. from the team. Over the past three seasons since Kevin Durant left the Warriors, critics have consistently called for more direct pickup from Curry. Even with what was at times a young, inexperienced and unfit player, Kerr maintained that his flowing, ball-oriented attack generates the most cohesion, and therefore leads to the best results when it matters most.

Wiggins said after the match, “Man, there are a lot of great people here. Great people here who are challenging you. They are holding you accountable.” “The support system, everyone on this team, this organization, they support you and they want to see you do a good job, and they put you in a position to do good.”

Kerr has always played the long game, and this made for a huge amount of time in Game 5 amid the franchise’s uncharacteristically challenging player struggles. History says so Curry will bounce back hard in Game Six on Thursdaybut the players have proven they can win even if he doesn’t, which is a troubling development for Boston.

“The fact that everyone has come forward – Wiggs, JB, Clay hit some big shots, Draymond finds his life and soul and the way he impacts the game,” Curry said. “We can afford to go 9 for 40 [on 3-pointers] As a team and I am 0 vs 9, and I still win. Obviously, my track record indicates that I’ll shoot the ball better in the next game. I’m looking forward to this bounce.”

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