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Steph Curry and Warriors ranked in Game 4 win over Celtics

Steph Curry and Warriors ranked in Game 4 win over Celtics

Well, the Golden State Warriors did. When they needed it most, they stepped in and beat the Boston Celtics 107-97, tying the NBA Finals at two games apiece and restoring home-court advantage to the Dubs.

Just like that, the Warriors are in a great position again. And that was largely thanks to an unreal performance from Steph Curry.

More on that in a moment. It’s time to rate the players, taking into account our expectations of each.

Note: The league average true shot percentage (TS) this season was 56.6%

Draymond Green

33 minutes, 2 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, 1 for 7 shots, 0 for 2 threes, 14.3% TS, 0 over/under

I’m not 100% sure what to think of Green’s performance in this one. I expected a big game from him after his struggles in Game 3, and it didn’t quite happen. The attack again looked very rough, with or without Kevon Looney on the court with him, although the game was much better.

He still doesn’t quite look like “Defensive Player of the Year” Draymond Green, but it was definitely a big step in that direction.

He was benched for much of the fourth quarter, and while he was supportive of Steve Kerr, he also made it clear that it stings. We could see a very spirited performance in Game 5.

Category B-

Post-match bonus: Led the team in assists.

Otto Porter Jr.

15 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 foul, 0 for 2 shots, 0 for 2 threes, 2 for 2 free throws, 34.7% TS, -1

Porter started in Looney’s place and, as has been a trend for much of the playoffs, the person taking Looney’s place struggled.

It was just kind of a game of nothing for Porter. Not good not bad. The Warriors needed impact, and he wasn’t making it, so they mostly moved on.

Rating: C

Andre Wiggins

43 minutes, 17 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, 7 for 17 shots, 2 for 6 threes, 1 for 2 free throws, 47.5% TS, +20

I shiver when I think of where the Warriors could be without Wiggins in this series. His shooting continues to be quite ineffective, but every game he finds a way to provide something the team desperately needs.

This time? An absolutely ferocious bounce performance. He killed Boston’s momentum with defensive rebounds in traffic. He kept the Warriors afloat with offensive rebounds and setbacks.

And when he wasn’t doing those things, he was crushing Jayson Tatum about as well as you could hope for.

Rating: A-

Post-match bonus: Led the team in rebounds.

Steph Curry

41 minutes, 43 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 turnovers, 3 fouls, 14 for 26 shots, 7 for 14 threes, 8 for 9 free throws, 71.8% TS, +11

I have no words for what Curry did. When the team was back against the wall, he stepped up one of the greatest NBA Finals performances in recent memory. When no one else could make an open shot, Curry made impossible ones. When the team needed him most, he reminded the world that he was not just one of the greatest warriors, and not just one of the greatest players alive, but one of the greatest. players of all time.

So I’ll just roll the tape, bust a beer and enjoy. I recommend that you do the same.

Rating: A+

Post-match bonus: Led the team in points.

Klay Thompson

41 minutes, 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, 7 for 17 shots, 4 for 10 threes, 52.9% TS, +2

This performance was somewhere between the Klay who struggled in Games 1 and 2 and the playoff star performer we know is hiding somewhere in there.

He did a few clutch shots, but the end result wasn’t very effective.

His defense definitely improved in this one, as he did a good job against Jalen Brown.

Category B

Nemanja Bjelica

9 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 0 for 2 shots, 0 for 1 three, 0.0% TS, -4

Bjelica got a good chunk of minutes and, despite the not-so-pretty stat line, played pretty well. He continues to play good defense on Tatum which… I don’t think a lot of people had that on their bingo card! Super cool though.

Category B

Post-match bonus: The worst plus/minus of the team.

Kevon Looney

28 minutes, 6 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, 3-for-4 shooting, 75.0% TS, +21

The Warriors aren’t asking Looney to outplay Al Horford or Robert Williams III. But when he does, they’re very, very, very hard to beat.

Rating: A+

Post-match bonus: Led the team more/less.

Gary PaytonII

10 minutes, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 2 for 3 shots, 0 for 3, 1 for 2 free throws, 64.4% TS, -1

GPII is unlikely to get much playing time in this series, but it has been hyper effective on short bursts. His defense on the ball really confused Boston and forced the Celtics’ offense into frustrated mistakes.

Grade: B+

Jordan Poole

21 minutes, 14 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, 6 for 13 shots, 2 for 7 3, 53.9% TS, +2

We still haven’t seen a stellar performance from Poole in the NBA Finals, after a few elite games earlier in the playoffs. Poole certainly had his fair share of highlights in this game, but the overall impact wasn’t very strong.

Still, Boston defends him as a weapon, and that helps the offense as a whole.

Category B-

Friday DNPs: André Iguodala, Jonathan Kuminga, Damion Lee, Moses Moody, Juan Toscano-Anderson

Friday inactives: James Wiseman

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