Steph Curry ‘livid’ after three-point drought

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When the Boston Celtics are in the NBA Finals, they rarely lose. And it’s virtually impossible to close out the Finals in Boston.

The Celtics are 17-4 when they advance to the Finals. That’s pretty impressive. What’s more impressive is that the 1985 Los Angeles Lakers are the only visiting team to win the title on the Celtics’ home court.

Steve Kerr believes you can add the Golden State Warriors to that list.

After they beat the Celtics in Game 5 in San Francisco to take a 3-2 series lead, the Warriors’ coach told his team in the postgame locker room, “We’re going to get this in Boston. We’re going to finish this in Boston.”

So-called bulletin board material may be irrelevant in the Finals, but it did raise some eyebrows around the NBA punditry. How will the Celtics respond?

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Steph Curry ‘livid’ after 3-point drought, says Draymond Green

Steph Curry is looking to bounce back from a Game 5 shooting slump, where he turned in 16 points, his lowest point production of the NBA Finals. But that’s the exact position that Steve Kerr and Draymond Green want Curry in as the Warriors look to close out the Celtics on the road in Game 6 on Thursday.

“He was 0-for-9 from 3. He’s going to be livid going into Game 6,” Green said on Monday. “That’s exactly what we need.”

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Curry shot 7-for-22 from the field and a shocking 0-for-9 from 3-point range, ending a streak of 233 postseason and regular-season games that he’s made a 3-pointer.

“Even for the best shooter in the world, you know, games like this happen,” Kerr said Monday. “And fortunately they don’t happen too often. I like Steph coming off of a game like this, too. I like his ability to bounce back.”

Klay Thompson said the Warriors never have to worry about Curry: “I just know he’ll respond. He’s one of the greatest competitors I’ve ever been around. And he’s a perfectionist, like myself. I know he’ll be thinking about the shots he missed. And that’s a good thing, because Thursday, hopefully, most of the time, he regresses to the mean, and it’s scary when he does.”

Stephen Curry was 7 for 22 overall, finishing with 16 points while the Warriors moved within a victory of another championship.

Stephen Curry was 7 for 22 overall, finishing with 16 points while the Warriors moved within a victory of another championship.

Jayson Tatum is biggest X-factor in Game 6 for Celtics

Jayson Tatum has turned in a shaky series so far, displaying moments of pure brilliance, while pulling a disappearing act in critical minutes.

During the fourth quarter of Game 5, Tatum had only five points on 1-for-5 shooting, in addition to a critical turnover. He also missed two free throws that could have cut the Warriors’ lead to eight with five minutes left.

Celtics coach Ime Udoka said the Celtics need Tatum to “be aggressive and make the right read” all game long. That starts with Tatum getting off to a better start and finishing strong. Fatigue could have been a factor, but Tatum is going to have to turn in a consistent performance if the Celtics are going to force a Game 7.

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Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.2 points on 36.7% shooting in the Finals.

Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.2 points on 36.7% shooting in the Finals.

Could Andrew Wiggins challenge Steph Curry for Finals MVP?

A lot has been made of the Warriors’ trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins at the trade deadline in 2020.

The Warriors acquired Wiggins and a 2021 first-round pick for for D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans III and Omari Spellman.

Earlier this season, Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said it was “one of the greatest deals, certainly maybe the greatest deal we’ve ever done.” He has gotten plenty of agreement. And the deal looks better by the day.

Offered stability for the first time in his career, Wiggins, who played for four head coaches in Minnesota, is thriving to the point that he could get some Finals MVP votes if he has another monster game to carry the Warriors.

“When he (Wiggins) first came here, and I’ll never forget, it was when Thibs wasn’t with the Knicks, and Thibs was like, ‘You’re going to love him. He competes. He defends,’ ” Draymond Green said after Game 5. “And he was telling us Jimmy loved him. And we all know how Jimmy Butler is. If you have any softness to you, Jimmy don’t like you. That’s how Jimmy is cut.”

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Steph Curry’s golfing buddies may attend Game 6

Steph Curry has a lot of friends on the professional golf circuit. Many of them will be playing at the U.S. Open in Brookline, Massachusetts – about 40 minutes away from TD Garden, where Curry is trying playing the Celtics in Game 6.

Curry did not attend any of the first round of the U.S. Open, which began Thursday. But Curry, who got a close-up look at the U.S. Open Championship Trophy on Wednesday, expected to hear from some of his golfing buddies.

“Got a couple friends on the tour who will probably hit me up between now and next week if they get the early tee time, the early/late on Thursday. We’ll see. Or Thursday/Friday, we’ll see,” he said earlier this week. “I’m not going out there. Obviously, all of my attention is on rest and recovery, getting ready. I’ll pop in front of the TV and make sure I watch as much of it as possible, though.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals live updates: Game 6 score, highlights

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