Steph Curry, Warriors scored Game 4 win over Celtics


Steph Curry, Warriors scored Game 4 win over Celtics

Well, the Golden State Warriors did it. When they needed it most, they stepped up front and beat the Boston Celtics 107-97, tying the NBA Finals at two games apiece and giving the Dubs back home field advantage.

This puts the Warriors back in a great position. And that was largely thanks to an unreal performance from Steph Curry.

More on that in a moment. It’s time to evaluate the players and weigh our expectations for each one.

Note: The league average true shooting percentage (TS) this season was 56.6%.

Draymond Green

33 mins, 2 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, 1-on-7 shooting, 0-on-2 three-pointers, 14.3% TS, 0 plus/minus

I’m not 100% sure what to think of Green’s performance in this film. I expected a big game from him after his struggles in Game 3 and it didn’t really happen. The offensive again looked very rough, with or without Kevon Looney on the court with him, although the game was much better.

He still doesn’t quite look like ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ Draymond Green, but it was certainly a big step in that direction.

He was on the bench for most of the fourth quarter, and while supporting Steve Kerr, he also made it clear that it hurt. We saw a very spirited performance in Game 5.

grade B-

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in assists.

Otto Porter Jr.

15 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 foul, 0-2 shooting, 0-2 trebles, 2-2 free throws, 34.7% TS, -1

Porter started in Looney’s place and, as has been a trend in the postseason, the person who took Looney’s place was struggling.

For Porter, it was just a game of nothing. Not good, but not bad either. The warriors needed a bounce and it didn’t make one, so they mostly moved on.

Class: C

Andrew Wiggins

43 minutes, 17 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, 7-on-17 shooting, 2-on-6 3-pointers, 1-on-2 free throws, 47.5% TS , +20

I shudder to think of where the Warriors could be in this series without Wiggins. His shooting continues to be quite inefficient, but in every game he finds a way to provide something the team desperately needs.

This time? An absolutely wild rebound performance. He killed Boston’s momentum with defensive rebounds in traffic. He kept the Warriors afloat with offensive rebounds and putbacks.

And when he wasn’t doing those things, he was doing Jayson Tatum as well as one could hope.

Grade: A-

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in rebounds.

Stephen Curry

41 mins, 43 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 turnovers, 3 fouls, 14 v 26 shots, 7 v 14 trebles, 8 v 9 free throws, 71.8% TS, +11

I have no words for what Curry did. With the team’s backs to the wall, he came up with one of the greatest performances in the NBA Finals in recent memory. When no one else could make an open shot, Curry made impossible ones. When the team needed him most, he reminded the world that of course he is one of the greatest warriors and not just one of the greatest players in the world, but one of the greatest players of all time.

So I’ll just unwind the tape, crack a beer and enjoy. I recommend you do the same.

Rating: A+

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team on points.

Clay Thompson

41 mins, 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, 7-on-17 shooting, 4-on-10 threes, 52.9% TS, +2

That performance was somewhere between the Klay, who struggled in Games 1 and 2, and the playoffs star, who we know is hiding somewhere in there.

He made some clutch shots but the end result wasn’t very efficient.

His defense was definitely improved in this game as he did a good job against Jalen Brown.

Grade B

Nemanja Bjelica

9 mins, 0 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 0v2 shoot, 0v1 treble, 0.0% TS, -4

Bjelica got a decent share of the minutes and played pretty well despite the not-so-nice stat line. He continues to play a good defense against Tatum which… I don’t think many people had that on their bingo card! Super cool though.

Grade B

Post-Game Bonus: Worst plus/minus in the team.

Kevin Looney

28 minutes, 6 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, 3-for-4 shooting, 75.0% TS, +21

The Warriors aren’t asking Looney to trump Al Horford or Robert Williams III. But when he does, they’re very, very, very hard to beat.

Rating: A+

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in plus/minus.

Gary Payton II

10 mins, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 2 on 3 shoot, 0 on 1 treble, 1 on 2 free throws, 64.4% TS, -1

GPII is unlikely to get much playtime this series, but he’s been hyper-effective in short bursts. His on-ball defense really upset Boston and forced the Celtics’ offense to make frustrated errors.

Grade: B+

Jordan Poole

21 mins, 14 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, 6 on 13 shooting, 2 on 7 threes, 53.9% TS, +2

We still haven’t seen a stellar performance from Poole in the NBA Finals after some elite games early in the playoffs. Poole certainly had his fair share of great moments in the game, but the overall impact wasn’t very strong.

Still, Boston defends him like a gun, and that helps the offense as a whole.

grade B-

Friday’s DNPs: Andre Iguodala, Jonathan Kuminga, Damion Lee, Moses Moody, and Juan Toscano-Anderson

Inactive on Friday: James Wiseman

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