Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Currey played through the pain and helped his team defeat the San Antonio Spurs in Game four of the Western Conference semifinals.
Curry injured his left ankle during Friday’s Game 3 loss to the Spurs and it was unclear until Sunday’s game that he would return.
After the game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Curry’s enthusiasm:
“He said, ‘I’m going to give you what I got, coach,’ That’s not the language he speaks. I knew right away that he was not 100%. Once again, it’s that same spirit flowing through that locker room that refuses to quit.”
Curry ended the first half of play with just six points on three shots and finished the match with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting. Also helping rack up points were Barnes with 26 and 9-for-26 from the field shooting and Jack who added 24 points on 9-for-16 shooting.
While the Golden State Warriors were a formidable force on offense, it was their defense that really helped win Game 4 of the conference finals. The Spurs were held to just 35.5% from the field with reserve guard Manu Ginobili finishing with 21 points. Tim Duncan also suffered with just 19 points on 7 of 22 shots. Tony Parker also stumbled against the Warriors, finishing the game with 6 of 17 from the field.
After the game and following his team’s inability to control a lead, Tim Duncan proclaimed:
“We put ourselves in a position to win the game and it’s frustrating because we feel like we gave it away.”
Do you think the Golden State Warriors can push pass Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs to advance in playoff play?