For the past two days, rumors have circulated about Steph Curry’s work and game time for the remainder of the NBA Finals. Curry’s chances of getting more minutes in Game 2 on Sunday night were negated after a monstrous third quarter in which he scored 14 points and helped the Warriors pull away.
Curry, who closed with 29 points, shot 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range in the first quarter. In those 12 minutes of play, he also had two rebounds, one steal, and was a plus-21.
The Warriors, as is their habit, dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Celtics 35-14, thanks to Curry’s heroics. Golden State went into the fourth quarter with a 23-point edge.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr addressed the media after the game:
“Steph was breathtaking in that quarter, not just the shot-making but the defensive effort,”. Steve further added: “He just doesn’t get enough credit for his level of conditioning and physicality and defense. People go at him to try to wear him down because they know how important he is to us offensively.”
“It’s pretty dramatic, the difference in Steph’s strength and physicality and his body now from eight years ago when I first got here. Guy’s amazing. He keeps working on his game, his strength, his conditioning year after year. It’s a pleasure to watch him play every night.”
Curry rested the whole final quarter of Game 2 after playing 38 minutes in Game 1. This allowed him to play just over 32 minutes in the 19-point victory. Curry has now averaged 31.5 points per game in the 2022 NBA Finals, which will be played in Boston with the series knotted 1-1.