NBA Warriors-Celtics Finals: Why Stephen Curry’s 3-point streak bodes well for Golden State in Game 6

NBA Warriors-Celtics Finals: Why Stephen Curry’s 3-point streak bodes well for Golden State in Game 6

Going into Game 5 of the 2022 Finals, Stephen Curry has made at least one 3-pointer in 132 consecutive playoff games (which, by the way, is every playoff game he’s ever played in), and he had made multiple 3-pointers in 38 consecutive playoff games. Including the regular season, Curry had made at least one 3-pointer in 233 consecutive games. These are all NBA records.

And they all ended on Monday.

After a historic start to this series, becoming the first player in history to score at least five 3-pointers in four consecutive Finals games, Curry finished 0 for 9 of 3 in Game 5, and he don’t care a bit. The Warriors won the game, 104-94, to take a 3-2 series lead. They can close out their fourth championship in the past eight years in Boston on Thursday.

It wasn’t just Curry who got very cold on Monday. The Warriors missed 31 3-pointers as a team (9 for 40), which tied for the record for the second-most misses ever compiled in a Finals win. Boston was more aggressive in defending and doubling Curry above the 3-point line, and in response the Warriors weren’t as pick-and-roll heavy as they had been earlier in the series. , using Curry a bit more in his typical style. off-ball mode, which can make it hard to get to your favorite shots in favorite spots against Boston’s change. Curry never found a real rhythm. Most of his misses weren’t close.

“I think Steph was probably due for a game like this,” Steve Kerr said. “He shot the ball so well that at some point he was going to have a tough night. Boston did a really good job defensively, as you would expect. They’re a great defensive team. I thought They were putting more pressure on him at the start of the pick-and-roll, and Steph missed a few of those as well.

“So it’s still a combination,” Kerr continued. “But even for the best shooter in the world, you know, games like this happen. And luckily they don’t happen too often. I also love that Steph comes out of a game like this. I like his ability to bounce back.”

Curry agrees.

“The record says I’ll shoot the ball better in the next game,” Curry said. “And I can’t wait to bounce back.”

Curry is right about his rebounding track record, by the way. Consider this:

To be even more specific, on November 4, 2016, Curry’s previous record (regular season) of 159 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer ended with a 0-for-10 performance against the Lakers. In his next game, three days later, he broke what was, at the time, the single-game record with 13 3-point shots against the Pelicans. That would seem to bode well for Curry and the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday.

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