Stephen Curry, the indecipherable password of the Warriors


Talking about Stephen Curry and NBA records is not a new conversation. The point guard of the Golden State Warriors has become a badge for his institution thanks to the statistics that he is constantly breaking, and that rhythm has not been the exception during the 2022 Finals against the Boston Celtics, where said player has stood out for getting to his team on his shoulder.

Curry has already topped 130 playoff games during the 2021-22 postseason (he’s 132 through Game 4 of the Finals against the Celtics), giving him plenty of experience as a backup on the floor. But it’s not just the number of games, it’s the way he has executed them, with a quality that was on display in the 2-2 final series draw against the Celtics.

In Game 4, held on Friday and in which the Warriors managed to overcome by a 107-97, Curry achieved his second highest scoring quota of his Finals history, achieving 43 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, only behind the mark he left against the Toronto Raptors in 2019, when he scored 47 points.

In addition, with those figures from Game 4 against the Celtics, he became the 12th player in NBA Finals history to match the mark of 43 points and 10 rebounds, even being the oldest on the list at 34. years.

Also speaking about age, and specifically at 34 years and 88 days, Curry also entered the record books as the second-oldest player in NBA Finals history to record a 40-10 game, behind only of what LeBron James did in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers against the Miami Heat, when he was 35 years and 284 days old.

This remarkable performance from Curry came at a time when the Warriors needed him most, as they were looking to win in Game 4 so as not to go 1-3 in the series in their return to California, but also because he himself was in he was hesitant to participate because of an injury to his right foot that forced him to retire early during Game 3 and which was feared to be a sprain.

A motivated Steph returned to the court of the TD Garden on Friday night to give an injection of adrenaline and statistics to his team, to the point of reaching the historical level of figures such as LeBron James, Michael Jordan or Shaquille O’Neal.

For example, among his records that night, Curry had 24 of his 43 total points during the second half of the game, while in Finals history, only LeBron James (21), Michael Jordan (18), and Shaquille O’ Neal (14) had more 20-plus halves than Stephen, who had 11 against the Celtics.

Additionally, Stephen Curry joined LeBron James and Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to record 40-plus points in a Finals game at age 34 or older. His balance also drew attention for entering the select group of players who accumulated more than 40 points, more than 10 rebounds and more than six triples in Finals history along with Kevin Durant in 2018 (Warriors vs. Cavaliers) and LeBron James in 2020 (Lakers vs. Cavaliers).

“After four games, Curry isn’t just having the best finals of his career. You can extend it to any playoff series. He has never had so much control. He never looked so comfortable attacking any form of defense. And he certainly has never been asked to carry that much weight on his shoulders in a playoff series,” describes Forbes Sports Money NBA specialist Shane Young.

In four games in this series, Curry is averaging 34.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists. In scoring production, he has up to 137 points in 138 minutes and 1.46 points per shot (his career high for a Finals). Curry is shooting 51.2% from 2 points, 49% from 3 and 85.7% from the free throw line. For perspective, Klay Thompson, currently the Warriors’ second-leading scorer, would have to double his total points scored (69) just to catch up with Curry.

Curry’s great performance in the 2022 Finals is even recognized by the opposite coach, Ime Udoka, who mentioned about the Golden State point guard: “The number of his three-point attempts is the one we don’t like, he shot 14 times and nine of them in the first half. But we defended very well on some three-pointers. They were well closed, if you connect them there is nothing to do. Some of his shots were crazy, those can’t be defended.”

Curry’s show with the Warriors jersey will continue this Monday at 8:00 p.m. during Game 5 of the 2022 Finals and the final series could be Thursday in Game 6, which will return to Boston. Curry and Golden State are seeking their fourth title in the past eight seasons and the seventh star overall for the franchise.



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