2022 NBA Finals: Warriors’ supporting cast reverses the script, Game 5 wins vs. Stephen Curry. Celtics

San Francisco – If a fortune teller told you that Stephen Curry was going to make history in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, you would probably guess that the Golden State Warriors would come out victorious. However, the 43-point jaw-dropping, 10-rebound effort in Cree Game 4 came from an effort that added him to the legendary Magic Johnson and Jerry West’s esteemed point guard company. The possibilities seemed endless.

Then when you find out that the history that Curry has made is of the infamous kind. The biggest shooter of all time topped the 3-point threshold by 0 on Monday night, marking the first time in 132 live playoff games – 233 live games, including the regular season – that they even 3 Failed to create pointer. Curry won the first four games of the final with 16 points, which is almost 20 below his average.

And yet the Warriors team, which had found basically zero offense outside of Curry in the finals, worked, stirred and forced a 3-2 lead in the 104-94 win over the Boston Celtics. What a victory. The franchise’s fourth NBA title in eight seasons.

Watching the Warriors on Monday was like watching Bell Air’s new prince when he replaced Antiview with a different actress. You know it’s the same show, but it’s very different from what you’re used to.

All the talk in Game 5 was about how heavy Kerry was taking the fighters. It was the subject of talking head shows, a topic of Sunday’s media availability, and a nod to humor by NBA social media legend King Josiah.

In Monday’s Game 5, however, the rest of the warriors outweighed their weight. They also took Curry with them.

“I think we have a really good group, a smart group of people. The game has a lot of IQ, and we try to make it easy for each and every one of us, every one of our teammates.” K Guard Gary Patton II said later. “Really, everyone is self-centered and trying to make plays for themselves, but still, they make plays for their peers.”

The supporting cast begins with Andrew Wiggins, who looked like the second best player on the Golden State roster in the second live game – possibly the second best player in the series. He took 26 points, 13 rebounds, two steels and a block in 43 minutes, once again defending Celtics stars Jason Tatum and Jillian Brown. The Wiggins were on full swing, scoring 10 points on a 5-for-6 shooting in the fourth quarter, ending things with a strong sting that dashed any faint hope of a late Celtics return.

“We don’t get excited when Wiggs stings someone and that means he gets a cup,” said Warriors guard Clay Thompson after the game. “And it really develops the whole team and the Bay Area.”

Wiggins wasn’t the only one working when Curry struggled. Thomson had 21 points from 11 shots instead of 5 from a 3-point range, another clutch performance balance in the Warriors’ post-season. Dremond Green, who has been infamous for the past two weeks, scored eight points – nearly half of his total in the first four games of the series – with eight rebounds and six assists, as well as an early start. Tone set from tip. Energy and pressure on both ends of the floor.

Limited to 17 minutes due to an initial mishap with Kevin Loney, Warriors coach Steve Kerr moved to a smaller lineup, which allowed Patton to flourish. He showed off his unique combination of elite perimeter defense and interior scoring with 15 points, five rebounds and three steels on 6-for-8 shooting.

“The guy is a workhorse. He’s incredible,” Kerr said of Patton after winning Game 5. “Amazing athlete, great defensive player. He has really good mountains, and obviously he is very competitive. … He has come a long way, and now he has a chance to shine in the finals. That’s great. “

In terms of speed, perhaps no player was more important to the Warriors’ victory than Jordan Poole. The 22-year-old endured the ups and downs during his first playoff run, but he saved at the end of the third quarter, during which the Celtics took a 12-point half-time deficit to take a five-point lead. With the bell ringing at the end of the period, Poole launched a 38-footer that hit the glass and entered. It was his second longest-running best batsman in the series, and it gave the Warriors a lead he would not give up.

“It was an important part of the game, for us to respond to that,” Kerr said. “Jordan hit a big two late in the third and then a good start to the fourth. But for me the run response from Boston was the key to the game.”

It is no accident that the Warriors’ supporting cast has stepped into a great moment. Kerr has consistently made it a point to bring the last person on the bench in a handful of minutes in every few games, knowing from his experience as a role player that going too long without seeing game action not only makes you rusty. You also feel isolated. In the last three seasons since Kevin Durant’s departure from the Warriors, critics have consistently demanded more direct picks and rolls from Curry. Even though he was sometimes a young, inexperienced and inadequate roster, Kerr maintained that his flowing, ball-moving offense produces the most harmony, and because when it all More important than that leads to better results.

“Dude, there’s a lot of great people here. Great people who challenge you. They hold you accountable,” Wiggins said after the game. “The support system, this team, everyone in this organization, they support you and they want to see you do well, and they are in a position to do you good.”

Kerr always plays long games, and he spent a lot of time in Game 5 amidst the extraordinary struggles of his franchise player. History says. Curry will make a strong comeback in Game 6 on Thursday.But the Role Players have proven that they can win even if they can’t, and that’s a frustrating development for Boston.

“The fact that everyone took a step back – Wiggs, JP, Clay hit some big shots, Dremond found his life and his spirit and the way he influenced the game,” Curry said. Said. “We can fight 9 for 40. [on 3-pointers] As a team and I came up with 0 for 9, and still win. Obviously, the track record says I will shoot the ball better in the next game. Looking forward to this bounce back. “