It’s a crazy series that ended in match 5 of the 2022 final. That of successful matches by Stephen Curry with at least one successful three-pointer. 132 straight counting only the play-offs, 233 adding the regular season, three and a half years of continuously raining down on the opponent.
On Monday, Curry (16 points, 8 assists) missed his nine attempts behind the 7.23m line. One would have thought that Golden State would not resist this unexpected drought, and yet. The Californians won this pivotal game because his teammates compensated admirably and because the Celtics missed a lot of things, leaving ten free throws – the equivalent of ten points from the final gap – and 18 lost balls en route.
The number of three points missed by the Warriors (9/40) and the Celtics (11/32)
Turning the world upside down: Boston only got in on the action in the third quarter, usually when the Warriors jig. After being led by 16 points (24-8, 10th) then pointing to 0/12 at three points five minutes from halftime, the Celtics went ahead by chaining with a 9/10 behind the arc, counting up to five points ahead (61-66, 33rd).
Jordan Poole, ten-yard buzzer basket specialist
Boston then fell back into its ways, ending the match with a 2/10 three-pointer without managing to find the alternation with a less efficient than usual Jaylen Brown (18 points at 5/18, 4 assists for 5 stray balls), a Jayson Tatum on alternating current and an inefficient bench (10 points scored against 31 for that of Golden State, including 15 for Gary Payton II).
The basket from very far scored at the buzzer of the third quarter by Jordan Poole (his second in this final), relaying a very valuable Klay Thompson (21 points), seemed to indicate that the Warriors had regained control in addition to the advantage to score (75-74).
This impression was confirmed from the start of the fourth quarter with a 10-0 (85-74, 39th), successful with Stephen Curry on the bench, who knocked out. visitors, limited to 20 points in the last twelve minutes.
Carried by Andrew Wiggins, whose stats (26 points, 13 rebounds) do not fully reflect the influence, between serenity and iron defense, the Warriors got closer to the seventh title in their history shared between Philadelphia (until 1962) and San Francisco Bay. But as an example, the Celtics were down 3-2 by the defending champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, in the conference semi-finals, and that did not prevent them from qualifying in seven innings. So do you ever know…