The Golden State Warriors entered Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Boston on Thursday with an extended edge of determination to balance their fourth title in eight seasons.
Most of the Warriors star Stephen Curry was on that side when they faced host Celtics. Golden State’s 104-94 win in Game 5 at home Monday in San Francisco failed to create a remarkable 3-point basketball in the long-range shooting.
The Warriors as a team pulled 9 out of 40 (22.5 percent) from a distance to take a win away from a championship 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Curry went from 0 to 0.
“Of course it bothers me as a shooter,” Curry said. “You want to influence the game that way. Fortunately, this is not the only thing you do in court.
Instead, the Warriors played a high-level defense in Game 5, holding Celtic to 39 first-half points and shooting 41.3 percent in the game. They shared the ball with 23 assists and Boston had just seven turnovers in 18 overs.
Just don’t expect it to be a new path.
“Of course, the track record says I’m going to shoot better in the next match,” said Curry, who ended his streak of 132 consecutive play-off games with 3-pointers. “Waiting for that bounce back.”
A strong mentality must not be exclusive to fighters. Boston is keen to extend the series to a Game 7 on the West Coast.
A championship would give Boston an 18th banner to hang on the rafters, the highest ever. They have won 17 championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, but have not won one since 2008.
While the Warriors leaned heavily on Curry, the Celtics leaned on Jason Tatum, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds in Game 5 defeat.
With 26.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game average in the playoffs, the Celtics are on a wild ride. Since sweeping over the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, they have not won a home game in three consecutive rounds and have been 2-3 at home since the conference finals began.
Boston defended its home court to win Game 7 of the conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Box but lost at home to the Miami Heat in the conference final. They went on to win Game 7 on the road.
“You know, I’ve said it before: You’re more confident, aren’t you?” Dr. Tatum. “We don’t have to win two in one day. We have to win a match on Thursday. We have been in this situation before. So it doesn’t end there. Must win on Thursday. We have to think right now. “
The Celtics Warriors changed their coverage from pick-and-roll to Curry Out, but now they’ve lost that element of defensive flair in Game 6.
While it kept Curry in check, Andrew Wiggins of Golden State had a team-high 26 points to go with 13 rebounds. Clay Thompson had 21 points for the Warriors and 5 out of 11 from the 3-point range.
“Yeah, well done on it; there’s a little bit more physical,” Celtics head coach Ime Vodoka said of Curry’s defense. Damaged (in Game 5). “
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