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

Entering Game 5 of the 2022 Finals, Stephen Curry had at least one 3-pointer in 132 straight postseason games (which, by the way, is every postseason game he’s ever played in), and he had multiple 3-pointers -Points scored 38 direct playoff games. In the regular season, Curry had made at least a 3-pointer in 233 straight games. Those were all NBA records.

And they all ended on Monday.

After a historic start to that streak when he became the first player in history to score at least five 3-pointers in four consecutive Finals games, Curry finished 0-to-9 of 3 in Game 5 and doesn’t care a little. The Warriors won the game 104-94 and took a 3-2 lead. They can wrap up their fourth championship in eight years on Thursday in Boston.

It wasn’t just curry that was cold on Monday. The Warriors missed 31 3-pointers as a team (9 to 40), setting the record for the second most missed shots ever 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 were earlier in the series and used Curry a little more in his signature off- Ball fashion that can make it difficult to get your favorite shots in favorite spots against Boston’s switches. Curry never found a real rhythm. Most of his misses weren’t close.

“I think Steph was probably due for a game like this,” said Steve Kerr. “He shot the ball so well that he was going to have a tough night at some point. Boston did a really good job defensively, as we’d expect. They’re a great defensive team. I thought they were pushing harder.” him early in the pick and roll and Steph also missed some open ones.

“So it’s always a combination,” Kerr continued. “But even for the best shooter in the world, games like this happen. And fortunately, they don’t happen too often. I also like that Steph comes from a game like this. I like his ability to hop off the back.”

Curry agrees.

“The track record says I’ll shoot the ball better next game,” said Curry. “And I’m looking forward to this setback.”

By the way, Curry is right about his bounce-back track record. Consider it:

To be more specific, on November 4, 2016, Curry’s previous record (regular season) 159 straight games with at least a 3-pointer ended in a 0-for-10 against the Lakers. In his next game, three days later, he broke the then single-game record with 13 3-pointers against the Pelicans. This seems to be going pretty well for Curry and the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday.

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