Klay Thompson praises teammate Steph Curry after historic performance

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Saturday. A success that allows them to return to two wins everywhere in the series.

For Warriors fullback Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry’s performance, author of 43 points on Friday in Friday’s victory in Boston (107-97), is « probably the best » ever achieved by his teammate in a final match NBA.

The “Splash Brothers” have known it all in five consecutive finals previously played together, the joys of three titles (2015, 2017, 2018), the disappointments of two defeats (2016, 2019), the serious left knee injury for Thompson and several individual exploits to fuel their successes.

But the 43 points scored by Curry (10 rebounds, 4 assists), 14/26 shooting including 7/14 from long distance, to carry his team almost single-handedly to a crucial victory, synonymous with equalizing at 2- 2 in this intense series, is apart.

Especially since two days earlier, he had hurt his left leg and the question was whether he would be in full possession of his faculties.

“He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve played with. No matter how opponents defend on him, he doesn’t care much. he just keeps doing what he knows how to do. It says a lot about his tenacity, his competitiveness and what it really means to be a winner. »Thompson said.

“He was incredible, he carried us on his back. (…) He showed why he is one of the best players to have ever played basketball.added his teammate Draymond Green.

The best three-point basket scorer in history made 7 on Friday, making him the only player to register at least five award-winning shots in each of the first four games of a final.

“What he did is just dazzling. Boston has the best defense in the league. And for Steph, enduring this kind of pressure throughout the match shows that he has never been so physically strong. Which allows him to do what he does”synthesized his trainer Steve Kerr.

The person concerned refused to say what place his evening “masterclass” occupies in his career: “I don’t rank my performances. I’m happy to win the game. Especially knowing the sense of urgency that drove us to stay alive in the series, reclaim home court advantage and try to create momentum in our direction.

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