Just when it appeared the Warriors’ chances for an NBA Finals crown were dwindling, superstar guard Stephen Curry put on a performance for the ages in Game 4 on Friday in Boston, tieing Golden State’s series with the Celtics at two games each.
Curry’s night was so impressive, reports are that the Boston crowd gave Curry the MVP treatment with a chant usually reserved for players on the home team.
Even though at one point there were “F— you, Steph,” chants from the Celtics crowd, Curry quieted the Garden. In the final moments, all you could hear were the stealth Curry cheers and at one point, late in the game, an “MVP” chant when he was shooting free throws.San Francisco Chronicle/Ann Killion
Well, that’s quite a dramatic turnaround, wouldn’t you say? After the Warriors went on a 17-3 run in crunch time, sending Celtics fans to the exits early, Warriors fans at TD Garden had the last laugh.
And I used the word “reported” because I couldn’t find any footage of when the chants occurred. I went back and watched the last few minutes of the game when it seems the chant took place, but I had no luck.
So here are more reports of this unexpected development from an incredible Friday night at the NBA Finals for Curry and his Warriors.
When the game was said and done, Curry and the Warriors put themselves back in the driver’s seat of its NBA Finals series, as they took homecourt advantage back from the Celtics with Game 5 coming on Monday in San Francisco. If Golden State wins each of its two remaining games at Chase Center, they’ll earn the NBA title. Or they could win the next two games and wrap it up early, of course.
Here’s a word from Curry, AKA The Golden Child, about the fight his team had to muster to win Game 4, with Curry doing the heavy lifting.
“There’s a lot of pride in our group,” Curry said. “A lot of talk over the last 48 hours about how we can get back into the series and win in this building. We finally figured it out in the fourth quarter to get some steps and execute on the other end.
“To win on the road and get homecourt advantage back, that’s big for this group.”San Francisco Chronicle
Pride was dripping off Curry early and often, clearly evident in this rare, first-quarter outburst of emotion from the Warriors superstar.
And though plenty of Warriors chipped in with their own crucial contributions, Friday night was clearly all about Curry. He was a strategy all to himself, and a deadly one at that. If the Warriors can close this series and win yet another NBA Title, Curry’s name will rise even higher in the pantheon of NBA all-time greats, to heights rarely seen in pro basketball.