The Rundown: Curry drops 43 as Warriors tie series

Published June 11, 2022, 12:50 PMMiguel Flores

Stephen Curry exploded for 43 points in Game 4 to help the Warriors even the NBA Finals series at 2-2.



Warriors 107, Celtics 97 (Series tied 2-2)

What went down

Through the first three games of this series, the Boston Celtics have always had a response for whatever wrinkle the Golden State Warriors threw at them. Even in Game 2, it felt like the Celtics had the situation under control.

In Game 4, it finally happened for Golden State. The best player in the series showed up and imposed his will on the game. This was the Steph Curry game.

This was another slugfest as Boston imposed the physicality that has become indicative of this series. Boston controlled the pace for the first three quarters, weathering any storm the Warriors brewed.

By the fourth quarter, it was time for Curry to step up. He was the only reason the game was close late. Draymond Green played so bad, he was benched for the majority of the fourth quarter. Klay Thompson was again off the mark.

This was a Steph masterclass – he gave Boston fits in every way imaginable. He crushed them on pick-and-rolls and devastated their off-ball defense with his constant relocating. With Golden State up three with less than two minutes to go, Curry drilled the dagger.

Boston has hosted some of the most historic performances in basketball history. Not just Celtics legends, but those who visit the parquet floor have etched their name in basketball lore there. Today, Steph Curry added to his legend with his own Boston moment.

Big-time baller

Curry finished with 43 points, his second-best output in the NBA Finals. He also had 10 rebounds and seven 3s to add to his virtuoso performance.

The Warriors had no one else going offensively aside from Curry but they do deserve credit for playing solid team defense. They coaxed the Celtics into tough shots down the stretch of the game, allowing Boston to score just three points in the final five minutes of the game.

Andrew Wiggins was crucial today, tallying 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. He made the Warriors’ small-ball lineups work by stepping up to the challenge of bodying guys like Al Horford and Robert Williams.

What he said

Draymond Green has more fouls (17) than points (15) in the finals. Even his mom is wondering what happened to one of the best role players ever.

Did you see that?

In non-Finals news, the Charlotte Hornets have hired Kenny Atkinson as their new head coach. Atkinson, currently an assistant coach with the Warriors, beat out Mike D’Antoni for the position. 

Atkinson is best known for his time with the Brooklyn Nets. Pre-Kyrie and KD, Atkinson coached a rag-tag group led by Spencer Dinwiddie, D’Angelo Russell, and Caris LeVert to a playoff appearance in 2019.