Boston Celtics are worried even their best defense can’t take over the unstoppable Stephen Curry. Stephen Curry better understands the situation and is capable to shoot the ball incredibly as compared to other players. The danger man Stephen Curry appears to be a real challenge for the Celtics as the Finals are entering their conclusive stage.
As the best-of-seven series is tied at 2-2, whether the Celtics can restrict the two-time MVP will be a huge factor. Following Curry’s 43-point performance in the Warriors’ 107-97 win over Boston on Friday, Celtics coach Ime Udoka is advising his team to change things up and be more active.
Udoka will give his players some discretion in determining where to start attacking Golden State’s hero. Curry will be staying beyond 3-point range, with the big guys prepared to assist. Curry shot 14 of 26 from the field, including seven 3-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds. He can smash from anywhere if he gets into a pattern, even with a defender’s palm in his face. Udoka, on the other hand, understands how the historical 3-point leader can rapidly transform into a deadly player.
Curry had his second-best shooting effort in a finals match, putting his 47 points in Game 3 of 2019 over eventual winner Toronto. He equaled Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players aged 34 or elder to score at least 40 points in a finals match.
Curry said: “Whether you play well individually or not, you always know what happens at the end. It’s like watching the end of a movie. It’s always nice to know that the movie turns out great at the end,”
“But I think it’s more so just the balance of watching what worked and trying to understand those patterns so that you can repeat that for the next game. Maybe anticipate some adjustments that might happen. Try to slow it down and try to be one step ahead of that. In the meantime, also watching a lot of different reactions in the crowd and on the bench and stuff like that, too. That’s always some good entertainment.”
Klay Thompson posted on social media, that he jumped in the bay on Saturday for an open-water swim.
In Game 4, Curry’s Splash Brother scored 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Thompson’s 35.8% shooting percentage is the poorest of any NBA Finals he’s appeared in. He’s only hitting 34.2 percent of his 3-point attempts, down to 58.5 percent in the 2019 finals.
Robert Williams III, the Celtics’ center is still suffering from pain in his problematic left knee. Before returning for Game 3 of the first round against Brooklyn in March, he had surgery to fix damaged cartilage. The Celtics are keeping an eye on him, but Udoka said the 6-foot-9 center was much improved on Sunday. Boston couldn’t find a precise instance in which Williams’ sore knee was re-aggravated.