NBA Finals 2022 – How Stephen Curry landed in unfamiliar territory with the Golden State Warriors

BOSTON Klay Thompson In his eleven years of NBA service, he has seen all aspects of the NBA. He has experienced the incredible highs of winning three NBA championships in four seasons and the devastating lows of being forced to miss more than two seasons because of injury.

The situation was assessed Wednesday by the five-time All-Star, following the conclusion of the Golden State Warriors116-100 loss The Celtics Game 3 of the 2022 FinalsHe made a wise pronouncement.

Thompson stated, “Getting big 2015 vibes.”

Seven years ago, there was one team with a mix of young stars and veteran role-players. One team had a coach who was first-year and seemed to be the right choice to unify the roster.

Another team had an incandescent multitime most valuable player who used all his talents to push his team past what seemed to be the underdog status.

The Warriors were the former, while the Warriors were the latter. LeBron James-carried Cleveland Cavaliers.

James was the best player, but had to accept defeating a stronger team.

Although the situation in these 2022 Finals isn’t quite as clear, it could be the first time that he has had six Finals. Stephen Curry He finds himself in this humiliating position. It's one that will require some heroic play to help his team carry him in a way Curry has never needed before… the same way James needed James.

Thompson was not making this point. Thompson was referring to the Warriors' losing 2-1 to the road in the Finals before their rally to win games 4 through 6. He was trying sell the idea that such a turnaround is possible again.

They are blessed with some great players. Thompson stated that Thompson doesn't believe they have LeBron James. “We've been to this before, so we can trust our experience.”

Thompson is correct. The Celtics don’t have a James. The Warriors do have a Curry, and they certainly need him. Al Horford He didn't fall on him in Game 3 but it isn’t serious. He scored 31 points in Game 3. His shot-making skills grew more impressive as the Celtics tightened around him. Yet, it is amazing to see Curry's individual playmaking as the Warriors heavily rely on him — Steve Kerr relies more on Curry pick-and rolls than Golden State's motion offense when the game was in balance. The actions speak louder that the words.

Curry has averaged 31.3 points so far in this series, and is shooting a stunning 49% on 3-pointers. Curry shot 39% on 3-pointers in five of his previous Finals. When he faced James in the Finals for the first-time, he shot just 34% and the Warriors lost by 2-1. The Warriors won the game over the Cavs, and Curry's poor shooting by his high standards did not matter.

Boston would have won the series if Curry had shot 34% from deep.

The Warriors have struggled to create half court offense against the Warriors. size of the Celtics' wings and the versatility of their big men. Golden State's Game 3 was the second-lowest scoring postseason game, even though Thompson broke out of a mini slump to score 25 points. Kerr had the Warriors score 101 or fewer in the finals eight times — they have lost them all.

Curry answered the question “Nothing specific” when asked if he saw any parallels between 2015 and now.

This scenario is not the one he would choose. This is not the same scenario as 2017 and 2018, when the Warriors were a significantly stronger team. It doesn't matter how many 40-point games James played.

The difference between the Celtics and Warriors is even tighter. Although all three games were close, the fourth quarter was decisive. In aggregate, the Celtics have a nine point lead. Although it's not obvious that Boston is the better team, there are good arguments. The Celtics appear to be the deeper, taller, and more skilled team.

The homecourt advantage and the significant experience in Finals made the Warriors a slight favorite at the beginning of the series. Computers however saw all kinds of positive defensive numbers. loved Boston.

Curry is good enough for it. The Warriors have a lot to offer, and their top gear can do it all.

Curry stated that it was helpful to know that the team has been through some of the same experiences over the past eight years. Curry said, “Obviously, we still believe we can win this series.”

Curry will have to perform more, even if he has a sore left foot. But there is very little room for error.

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