NBA Finals Game 4: Heading Home With A Splash


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Guys we found him.

No, not Jimmy Hoffa...Stephen Curry! After being absent from the first three games of these NBA Finals, Curry finally crawled out from under his rock to score 38 points on 7-13 shooting from three point land, helping Golden State to a 108-97 victory. Kerr had this to say about Curry after the game.

"He's Steph Curry. He's the MVP for a reason."

Right you are Steve! Coming into this game, neither Curry nor Klay Thompson had scored 20 or more points in a game this series. Tonight? Curry had 38 while Klay had 25. The Splash Bros combined to make 11 threes, something they hadn't done since Game 7 against OKC last series.

Even with their 63 point scoring outburst, it was another rough night for the Warriors guards in terms of physicality. Curry and Thompson were pushed and shoved coming off screens many times but were still able to get space and take advantage of poor Cavalier switching and rotating to knock down a few crucial threes.

You've heard it many times before this year, but the 3rd quarter was once again a firestorm for Curry and Thompson. They hit back to back threes at the beginning to pull the Warriors to within two points but it was the 8-0 run the team went on later in the 3rd that really set the tone for the rest of the game.

Thompson hit a mid range jumper and Draymond Green forced a Richard Jefferson turnover on the other end. An Iguodala three followed by a Steph corner splash at the 4:00 mark began the unraveling of the Cavs. Anderson Varejao came in shortly after for only four minutes but played out of his mind, grabbing three offensive rebounds, two of which were on the same possession.

This game will forever be remembered as the game that Steph made his comeback, but it was really the second half defense that won Golden State this game. Maybe Draymond had another halftime tantrum or Kerr broke another few clipboards in the locker room. 

The reason for the jump in defense doesn't matter, the end result is what the team and fans really care about.

Coming out of the locker room, the Warriors had fire in their eyes. Their rotations were great, their hands were quick, and their swagger was back. Both Draymond and Steph got into shouting matches with Lebron James, which is usually a terrible idea, as the King begins to go off after such talk. But hey, the Warriors have one ring on their fingers already and another within their grasp, so they're not afraid of anybody.

Speaking of Lebron James, he had another great game, scoring 25 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and dishing out 9 assists. Kyrie Irving had another 30 point game but it was his isolation ball and horrible shot selection in the 4th quarter that doomed Cleveland for good. Tristan Thompson was a beast on the boards in the first half, grabbing 6 offensive rebounds, but was held to only 2 in the second half, thanks to the play of Harrison Barnes, Green, and Iguodala, who all had 4 rebounds in the second half.

It was truly a tale of two halves and Stephen Curry had a great explanation as to how the Warriors were able to play so well in the second half.

“A lot less breakdowns than we had last game, we protected the three point line, and all round communication and toughness and effort."

Toughness and effort. It's funny how those two traits can be the major factors between a win and a loss. The Warriors were down 5 points at half and that lead grew to 8 at one point, but with grit and determination on the defensive end, Golden State is now one win away from back to back NBA titles.

I'll leave you with some fun facts:

1. The Warriors became the first team to make more three pointers than two pointers in an NBA Finals game (17 3s, 16 2s).

2. Stephen Curry is the first player with 35 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 made 3s in an NBA Finals Game (via ESPN Stats and Info).

3. The Warriors have a chance to win the championship at home on Monday, something the San Francisco baseball Giants have been unable to do. The Giants have one 3 of the 6 last World Series titles, but none of them have been won at home in the Bay. I WANT A WIN IN FRONT OF DUB NATION.

Go Dubs.

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