The making of a champion: How Steph Curry and the Warriors won the NBA Finals
A champion will never cease to get back on top, which is how the Golden State Warriors proved they are a champion team. After scoring a win of 103-90 against the Boston Celtics, the Warriors once again have the crown as the 2022 NBA champion.
More than four years ago, the Golden State Warriors already had their taste of championship victory. Now, they are NBA champions for a second-straight season. It shows that the team had formed an unstoppable force on the court.
Looking back, the Warriors had lost Play Thompson to a severe injury which led him not to play for almost a whole season. Then Kevin Durant also moved to Brooklyn Nets. Even Stephen Curry skipped a week of the regular season. Everybody thought their era was over.
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However, the Warriors never budged on all these juggernauts. The trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green was the main act in this year’s championship battle. The three lead the way together with the next generation of Golden State star players.
Although court victories aren’t standalone efforts, organizational victories can be detailed. Safe to say that Steph Curry achieving his fourth NBA championship and becoming the MVP will level him with the NBA legends like Shaquille O’Neal and Lebron James.
Coach Kerr said, “Without him, none of this happens. And that’s not taking anything away from Joe and Peter’s ownership. Because they are amazing owners, they’ve built an incredible organization. Bob Myers a hell of a GM. Our players. We’ve had so many great players. But Steph is ultimately why this run has happened. Much like Timmy (Duncan) in San Antonio. I’m happy for everybody, but I’m thrilled for Steph. To me, this is his crowning achievement in what’s already been an incredible career.”
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Moving forward to the game’s highlights, Curry had failed to hit his 3-points in Game 5, which could have bought them winning earlier. The team was aware that Curry might be “livid.” However, the two-time MVP responded otherwise. Making the typical Steph moves, he has managed to put up 34 points.
Although it’s evident that Curry was overwhelmed by emotion in the final seconds, he thought just how much effort the whole team had placed just to return to this point.
Curry said before the NBA finals started, “You hit rock bottom with injuries and the long road ahead. Never take this for granted because you never know when you’ll get back here. To get back here means the world.”
He was named the NBA Finals MVP with an average point of 31.2, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists versus the Celtics. He has a record shooting of 41.8 percent from deep.
Just a disaster of a finish to that first quarter for the Celtics.
Draymond hits his first 3 of series, Steph hits an impossible one, and Jordan Poole takes one with 18 seconds left on the shot clock and banks it in.
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Moreover, Green and Thompson also played a significant role in the Warriors getting to the top again. With Thompson shooting all 12 points and Green with 12 points too, 12 rebounds, and eight assists) But looking more in-depth, this championship is more than just their trio.
Other Warriors’ stars also shine in this finals. Jordan Poole scored 15 points off the bench. Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II contributed significant scores just right about when the moment called for it. Kevin Looney stood out on the offensive board with seven rebounds.
Moreover, the efforts of Jaylen Brown at 32 points didn’t go unnoticed. They did their best as Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams, and Marcus Smart contributed.
With a remarkable 21-0 run record, it is the longest in the 50 years of NBA Finals history. The Warriors got back up after a slow, dragging start. However, the Celtics couldn’t recover and even booed at their home court at some point.
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At first, the Warriors were sloppy on the offensive side. While Boston’s significant issues are their turnovers. Nevertheless, the Celtics took over for the first two minutes on a 12-2 lead.
Tatum and Brown led the way to score, but Smart also helped with two points and two assists, while Horford was already aggressive from the start. He led two free throws, which busted off Boston’s scoring.
Meanwhile, Klay Thompson scored the first five points out of 10. The Warriors are struggling at this point scoring just 28.6%. While Bostons scored 50 percent after seven minutes.
Boston Celtics led the way at 18-10 before Curry started to score his first points. Curry used his speed to pass by Williams and hit the rim.
No doubt that Boston did everything to keep Curry at bay. Poole and Payton II are trying to spark Curry with Wiggins and Thompson on the floor.
Then the Warriors took the lead after Green, Curry, and Poole drained three straight pointers in 80 seconds. Golden State ended the quarter on an 11-0 run to get a 27-22 lead.
Celtics saw a spark of hope in the last minutes of the third quarter when they hit an 8-0 run. But Green scored the bucket in the previous 30 seconds, which led to the Warriors scoring a 76-66 lead in the game’s final stretch.