Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals: Stephen Curry’s broken 3-point streak could bode well for Golden State in Game 6

Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals: Stephen Curry’s broken 3-point streak could bode well for Golden State in Game 6

Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals: Stephen Curry’s broken 3-point streak could bode well for Golden State in Game 6

In Game 5 of the 2022 Finals, Stephen Curry scored at least one three-pointer in 132 consecutive postseason games (which, incidentally, is every postseason game he has ever played in), and made multiple three-pointers in 38 straight playoff games. Including the regular season, Curry had scored at least one three-pointer in 233 consecutive games. Those were all NBA records.

And on Monday they all came to an end.

After a historic start to this series, becoming the first player in history to make at least five three-pointers in four consecutive Finals games, Curry finished 0-for-9 of 3 in Game 5, and he doesn’t care. The Warriors won the game 104-94 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. They can close their fourth championship in the past eight years in Boston on Thursday.

It wasn’t just Curry who was cold on Monday. The Warriors missed 31 three-pointers as a team (9-for-40), which tied the record for the second most misses ever collected in a final win. Boston was more aggressive in defending and doubling up on Curry above the three-point line, and in response the Warriors weren’t as pick-and-roll heavy as earlier in the series, using Curry a little more in his signature off-ball fashion, which can make it hard to get your favorite shots in favorite spots by the change of Boston. Curry never really found a rhythm. Most of his misses weren’t close.

“I think Steph was probably ready for a game like this,” said Steve Kerr. “He shot the ball so well he was going to have a rough night at some point. Boston did a really good job defensively, as we would expect. It’s a great defensive team. I thought they asked for more pressure on him in the pick -and-roll. And Steph also missed some outstanding ones.

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

Curry agrees.

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

By the way, Curry is right about his track record. Consider this:

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