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Game 5 of NBA Finals: Stephen Curry scores, Draymond Green confident in top 5 Warriors vs Celtics

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Game 5 of NBA Finals: Stephen Curry scores, Draymond Green confident in top 5 Warriors vs Celtics

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The Golden State Warriors have done what they have now done with their 27th straight playoff series.

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You won a street game.

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It was a significant win, as the Warriors now return to San Francisco with a 2-2 tie in the NBA Finals, rather than a 3-1 loss to the league’s best defensive team.

Friday’s 107-97 win at TD Garden gave us Game 6 of the series and added to the legacy of Stephen Curry, whose 43 points and 10 rebounds (almost) single-handedly led the Warriors to victory.

Curry got some help from Andrew Wiggins, who had 17 points and 16 rebounds, but Draymond Green was again a factor in the Warriors’ offense with 2 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.

For the Celtics, their problems are the same ones that plagued them in the playoffs — hello, turnovers.

What are the key things to look out for in Game 5 at the Chase Center? We are here to protect you.

Wardle Stephen Curry

If the Golden State Warriors win the championship, the Finals MVP will ultimately belong to Stephen.

He was great in the first four games — and he was especially otherworldly in the fourth.

I guess his feet are fine.

He had 43 points (7-of-14 from beyond the arc), 10 rebounds and four assists. Curry also became the first player in NBA history to score 5-3 points in four consecutive Finals games.

Curry led the Warriors’ other starters 43-39. He is the oldest player to play in a Finals game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals against Michael Jordan of the Jazz.

Given Draymond Green’s inefficiency on offense, the Warriors are basically four-on-five on offense. When you think about Klay Thompson’s quest for shooting touch, what Curry did is almost incomprehensible.

As we mentioned in the intro, he almost single-handedly wants his team to win in Game 4 and he’ll take the lead in Game 5 as well.

Draymond Green’s Confidence

Green has made more headlines this season for his postgame commentary and podcast appeal. Of course his game on the pitch won’t be affected, but it will be now.

Green has become an offensive non-factor.

In the four games of the finals, Green made 6 of 26 shots, 0 of 9 three-pointers, 5 of 10 consecutive shots for charity, two fouls, and 18 personal fouls that exceeded the series’ total score of 17 points.

At some point in the fourth game, he seemed afraid to play. It was a departure from Game 1, where Green looked like he was trying to shoot from the bottom. He finished that game on 2-for-12 shooting.

Green said both he and the team played better in Game 4.

However, the Warriors will need the old Draymond in Game 5.

Speaking of helping Stephen…

Which Warriors not named Stephen Curry will upgrade?

As amazing as Stephen was, he couldn’t win this chip alone.

Thompson has been inconsistent and is still trying to find his shooting touch points. Jordan Poole had a good game in Game 4, finishing with 14 points, but the Warriors’ second-best player in the Finals was Andrew Wiggins.

His 17 points and 16 rebounds in Game 4 were phenomenal, and the team needs him to repeat that again.

But who else can stand that high and contribute to the Warriors?

Will Jayson Tatum have that iconic Finals game?

If the Celtics win the championship, Tatum will most likely be Boston’s Finals MVP.

In his first four games, he averaged 22.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists. He’s very good, but he doesn’t have that unique game that really breaks out.

He tries to use his playmaking ability to counter his offensive inconsistency. But with the series tied 2-2 and the Warriors back to home-court advantage, can Tatum hold his own in this series like a superstar?

He told ESPN’s broadcast team before Game 5 that his signature Finals game “hasn’t happened yet, but now or never will be Tatum’s time.”

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Brown is ‘grateful’ for his All-Star selection, but he’s more focused on team goals.

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Brown is ‘grateful’ for his All-Star selection, but he’s more focused on team goals.

Jaylen Brown pulled a page from Joe Mazzulla’s book while discussing his second NBA All-Star selection on Friday morning: he appreciates the individual recognition but is more focused on his team and their collective aspirations for the rest of the season.

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Brown, like many of us, found out about his selection on Twitter Thursday night, just after the seven reserves from both conferences were announced on TNT. He took a minute to process the news and express gratitude before shifting his focus to preparation for Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.

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“I’m grateful,” Brown said of his second All-Star selection Friday morning. “However, there are many more essential things to be concerned about.”

Brown isn’t concerned about getting caught up in the All-Star voting frenzy. As much as he values the fans, the media, and his NBA peers, all of whom have a role in the voting process, he refuses to be swayed by their perceptions of his worth. He is the only one he requires as a critic.

“From a mental aspect, I’ve just gotten into the habit of not letting people judge my worth,” he explained. “People give you plaudits, or people criticize you, but I strive to stay the same. That’s something I’m prone to doing. So please forgive me if I’m not expressing my gratitude because I am.”

Brown will be one of 12 Eastern Conference All-Stars traveling to Salt Lake City for the Feb. 19 exhibition, and he will be joined for the second time by Celtics teammate and East starter Jayson Tatum. They’ll be a part of the selection process between captains Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, which will take place just before the game for the first time ever.

Brown will be representing Boston in an All-Star game for the second time in three years, having previously done so during the 2020-21 season when he averaged 24.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.

Despite a pre-All-Star stat line of 23.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 3.3 APG, he was left out last season.

However, with career highs of 27.0 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 3.2 APG, there was no chance he’d go overlooked this season. In fact, he came close to being selected as an East starter, placing just behind Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell in the vote.

Despite this, Brown isn’t allowing his All-Star status cloud his view of his team’s pursuit for an NBA title. He recently stated that he does not let the day-to-day highs and lows go to his head since doing so might lead a player to lose focus.

As an example, he mentioned not getting too depressed after missing two crucial free throws against the New York Knicks last week, and not getting too high when he redeemed himself the next week by sinking a crucial free shot to send the Celtics to overtime against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It’s all about the following day,” Brown explained. “So, after the All-Star (announcement) yesterday, it’s all about the next day. And tonight we play in Phoenix.”

Brown may be as casual as he wants about his All-Star selection, but his fans and teammates are ecstatic for him. He deserves to be back on stage among the game’s top stars because he’s one of the best.

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Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown enters NBA health and safety protocol

The Sacramento Kings announced on Tuesday (27) that their head coach Mike Brown has entered NBA health and safety protocols. The head coach will not be in charge of the California franchise against the Denver Nuggets, and will not be cleared to return to the bench until he receives clearance from the league.

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In a statement released on their official website, the Kings announced that Brown is on the league’s health protocol list, and will not be allowed to return to the helm of the team until he receives clearance from the league. The head coach, who, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN, is suffering from mild symptoms, will not be on the bench for Tuesday’s game against the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets (21-11) at 0:00 a.m. at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, and hopes to have a brief return to the franchise’s activities. In his place, associate head coach Jordi Fernandez will be at his disposal.

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Brown’s absence for the duel against the Nuggets is already confirmed, but the Kings could still be without Domantas Sabonis for this match. The forward fractured his right thumb during the loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday (24) by 125-111 and is listed on the league’s injury report as questionable for the 32nd game of the Californian capital franchise.

Brown is in his second stint as head coach of a franchise in the NBA, returning to the job for the first time since May 2014 when he was fired from the position by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had previously coached the Cavs during the LeBron James era between 2005 and 2010, when he took over as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers between 2011 and 2013. In 677 games in Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, Brown has a 60.7 percent record with 411 wins and 266 losses, including winning the Eastern Conference title for the Cavaliers in 2007.

In addition to his experiences as a head coach, Brown also has stints as an assistant coach with the Wizards, where he began his career in 1997, the San Antonio Spurs, the Indiana Pacers, and the Golden State Warriors. In the position, he was part of the coaching staffs for the 2003 Spurs titles and the 2017, 2018 and 2022 Warriors titles.

Fernandez has been in the NBA since 2016, when he entered the league as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets, a franchise where he continued in the position until he decided to join Brown’s committee on the Kings. This will be Fernandez’s second time in charge of the Sacramento franchise. In the first opportunity, he led the team from the Californian capital to a 124-123 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto in mid-December after Brown was ejected in the third quarter.

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Luka Doncic of the Mavericks records a triple-double in his historic comeback.

“I’m dead exhausted,”

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That was Dallas Mavericks player Luka Doncic’s initial, instinctive response to one of the most extraordinary performances in NBA history as well as the most spectacular game of his young career.

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It makes sense. It was exhausting enough to merely take in the magnitude of his performance during Tuesday’s 126-121 overtime victory over the New York Knicks:

  • 60 points, which is more than Dirk Nowitzki’s 53 points for the most points ever scored by the Mavericks in a single game;
  • 21 rebounds, a career record; the first 60-point, 20-rebound triple-double in league history; and
  • 10 assists to complete the 52nd triple-double of his career.
  • 16 of the 23 points Dallas scored in the fourth quarter and overtime came from him or him with an assist.

And it all counted, enabling the Mavericks to win by a lopsided margin in overtime after they astonishingly overcame a nine-point deficit in the last 26.8 seconds of regulation.

The pivotal moment occurred at the conclusion of that game-tying run, when all of Doncic’s talent and cunning, as well as a little bit of luck, were put to use just when Dallas needed them the most.

With 4.2 seconds left and the Mavericks behind by three, Doncic took the shot. Doncic purposely missed his second shot after making his first one in the hopes that a Mavs player would retrieve it and, against all chances, tie the game.

Doncic replied, “I know it was two seconds or something.” Hope it went in, I just tossed it up.

The person in question turned out to be Doncic, who, well, just watch.

Doncic was that kind of player, capping off the comeback and adding the final touches to his masterpiece with seven of Dallas’ 11 points in overtime on 21-for-31 shooting from the field.

The 23-year-old made the shot that necessitated overtime, and the thinned-out audience anticipating defeat erupted in frenzied celebration as he danced about and waved his arms.

Many people questioned me about this in the locker room, and I said that I believed we had won, according to Doncic. “I went to the audience in this manner because of that. When I looked at the score, I believed we had won. My reaction was “Oof.”

Owner of the Mavericks Mark Cuban, who saw Nowtizki’s 21-year career from the front row, had the following to say:

Others haven’t either.

Doncic joined James Harden, who recorded a 60-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist performance with the Rockets in 2018, as the only players in NBA history to record a triple-double of any kind.

Even a triple-double of 50 points would have been exceptional. Only Wilt Chamberlain (of course twice) and Elgin Baylor had ever accomplished the feat previously, and only they had 20 boards in their respective games.

Doncic outperformed Nowitzki, who had set the previous club record on December 2, 2004, with 53 points. He also made history by being the first Mavs player to score 50 points or more twice in a three-game period (he scored 50 points on Dec. 23 vs. Houston). A statue of Nowitzki was erected outside the arena by the Mavericks two days before to Doncic’s record-breaking performance.

Surprisingly, the most remarkable statistic may not have had anything to do with Doncic’s particular performance. NBA teams had a horrifying record of 0-13,884 in the previous 20 seasons when down by at least nine points with 35 or fewer seconds remaining going into Tuesday’s game.

So, Luka, get some rest. You undoubtedly deserve it.

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