January 18, 2022

Victory for the Warriors, but still no record for Stephen Curry | NBA

Could Stephen Curry’s record hunt disrupt the Warriors machine, so well-oiled this season? Not impossible, since Steve Kerr’s troops have long struggled to enter their match tonight. Some will even say that they have never returned, which is ultimately not so far from reality.

However, despite the domination in the racket of Domantas Sabonis (30 points, 11 rebounds), their clumsiness at 3-points (27%) or their many faults (25, resulting in the face on a 23/31 at the throws) and ball losses (17), the Golden State players managed to snatch the victory from Indianapolis (102-100).

Author of 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (with however 7 losses of ball), Stephen Curry (5 successes with 3-points) alternated all evening the good and the less good. However, keeping the best for last, as evidenced by his solid “money-time”, like his entire team.

A success in the experiment, therefore, for this formation of Golden State which is preparing to challenge the Knicks, for a poster of legend in perspective, in “back-to-back”.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

Only two left for Stephen Curry. With his 5/15 behind the arc, the Warriors point guard now only needs two small, award-winning baskets to become the most prolific 3-point player in history. Tickled in the standings by the double MVP, Ray Allen can therefore fall asleep one more night as the owner of this record, but there is a (very) strong chance that it will be the last time. As of tomorrow evening, Golden State will be moving to the mythical Madison Square Garden, and everything seems to come together for the “Baby-Faced Assassin” to become a little more legendary, in the most emblematic room in the country …

Golden State too strong at the end. Still led 93-98 two minutes from time, the Warriors turned their backs to overthrow the Pacers, despite Domantas Sabonis. Relying first on the serenity of Andrew Wiggins to return to a possession, before letting Stephen Curry hit the mark at 3-points then on a complicated “layup”. And 13 seconds from the end, it was finally Kevon Looney, on a lucky offensive rebound, who gave the advantage to his team, for the first time since the third quarter.

At 102-100, Steve Kerr’s poker move was to put Gary Payton II on the floor, in place of Stephen Curry. The son of Defender of the Year 1996 then brought honor to his father (and his coach), padlocking Caris LeVert to cause his opponent to lose the ball. A loss of the ball synonymous with victory for his team, long led to the score but who had the merit of believing in it until the end.

Domantas Sabonis reigned in the racket. Just elected “Player of the week”, the Lithuanian shone for the occasion, carrying the Pacers on his broad shoulders throughout the evening. Always also accomplice with Malcolm Brogdon (23 points, 8 assists) and Caris LeVert (19 points, 5 assists), who find him with his eyes closed, the regular inside All-Star was feasted against the tandem Green / Looney. A performance of choice, unfortunately marred by a defeat, but which once again brought to light the limits of Golden State at post 5.

TOPS/FLOPS

Draymond Green. To support a clumsy and hesitant Stephen Curry, the interior All-Star did violence in attack, finishing with 15 points on the clock, his season record (in addition to his 9 rebounds and 5 assists). Aggressive towards the circle from the first minutes, the Defender of the Year 2017, who obviously set the tone in this sector, despite the faults and the frustration linked to the referees’ whistles, demonstrated that he was clearly changing the face of the Warriors when he decided to look more at the basket and take his chance spontaneously. To reiterate, therefore.

Oshae Brissett / Otto Porter Jr. Out of the bench, the very versatile 3/4 positions of the Pacers and Warriors did a good job, thanks to their activity on both sides of the field. While Brissett had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals, Porter Jr. finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both combative, they brought in times when their respective franchises were in the offensive and needed it most.

Golden State shooters. Like an often hesitant and awkward Stephen Curry on his open shots, other Warriors players also had a hard time adjusting the sights from afar in Indiana. And after pointing at 14/46 then 12/48 at 3-point, against Portland then Philadelphia, the Californian franchise ends this time at 8/30 behind the arc. Far from being correct and cheerful, but enough to win, when the defense is able to tighten the screws if necessary.

Myles Turner. Not sure that this horrible performance of the Pacers’ pivot will allow him to convince other teams to offer him a more important role in attack. Limited to only 6 points, 1/10 on shots and 0/6 on 3-points, the best blocker in the league has had a beautiful hole and, even if he weighed in defensive cover (4 blocks) and on the rebound (10 catches), his offensive productivity weighed down Indiana, which lacked alternatives behind its trio Malcolm Brogdon – Caris LeVert – Domantas Sabonis.

WHEN COVID-19 WEAKEN … THE ARBITRAL BODY

It’s not just players or coaches who can be subject to the league’s strict health protocol. Evidenced by this night, the placement in solitary confinement of one of the three referees of the match. Consequently, only two of them made up the refereeing body for this part. A reduction in staff which has, no doubt, sometimes led to a few hazardous whistles.

THE FOLLOWING

Indiana (12-17) : travel to Milwaukee, Wednesday night to Thursday (02:00).

Golden State (22-5) : “Back-to-back” in New York, for a night of legend, tomorrow evening (1:30 am).

Pacers / 100 Tirs Rebounds
Players Min Tirs 3pts LF THE D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
D. Sabonis 36 12/17 0/1 6/10 6 5 11 0 2 2 1 1 -11 30 34
M. Turner 36 1/10 0/6 4/4 1 9 10 1 2 0 1 4 +4 6 11
M. Brogdon 36 7/14 1/3 8/10 2 4 6 8 1 2 2 0 +5 23 28
C. LeVert 37 7/18 3/6 2/2 1 1 2 5 2 1 3 0 -6 19 13
C. Duarte 22 1/6 1/3 0/0 0 4 4 1 4 0 3 0 -7 3 0
O. Brissett 25 3/7 2/5 0/0 1 3 4 0 2 5 0 0 +6 8 13
B. Wanamaker 5 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 -9 2 3
J. Lamb 17 1/7 0/3 3/5 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 +12 5 2
K. Martin 26 2/7 0/3 0/0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 -4 4 0
Total 35/87 7/30 23/31 13 29 42 16 18 11 10 5 100
Warriors / 102 Tirs Rebounds
Players Min Tirs 3pts LF THE D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
D. Green 31 7/10 0/1 1/2 2 7 9 5 4 0 3 0 -4 15 22
A. Wiggins 34 7/15 0/3 1/1 2 3 5 1 4 1 2 3 -6 15 15
K. Looney 27 7/10 0/0 0/0 2 6 8 3 3 0 0 0 +10 14 22
S. Curry 35 8/20 5/15 5/5 1 5 6 6 1 1 7 1 +17 26 21
J. Poole 29 3/9 1/4 1/3 0 4 4 4 4 0 2 0 -5 8 6
N. Bjelica 9 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 -1 3 4
J. Kuminga 6 1/3 0/1 1/2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 +11 3 0
O. Porter Jr. 25 5/9 0/2 0/0 1 5 6 0 1 0 0 0 -7 10 12
J. Toscano-Anderson 14 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 3 2 3 1 1 0 +9 2 6
D. Lee 19 1/3 0/2 1/1 0 3 3 0 1 2 0 1 -5 3 7
M. Moody 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +3 0 -1
G. Payton II 9 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 -12 3 5
Total 42/84 8/30 10/14 9 38 47 21 25 6 17 6 102