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GAME ESSENTIALS: Celtics (51-31) vs. Warriors (53-29), at 6 p.m. (PT). TV: ABC
ODDS: Warriors -4. OVER/UNDER: 210.5.
FINALS SERIES UPDATE: Series tied, 2-2. LAST PLAYOFF MEETING: Celtics won 1964 NBA Finals 4-1.
The Warriors had the whole weekend to bask in the glory of Stephen Curry’s legendary Game 4 effort to get an NBA Finals-tying win in Boston.
It’s now Monday and it’s go-time for Golden State, back on their home floor for Game 5 against the Celtics. And now, the Warriors have to hope that either Curry can do it again … or someone can step up to ease the burden on their all-time great.
Golden State will be relying on Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney to continue to impact the game in massive ways, just as they did in Game 4. It would also be a welcome sight to the Warriors if Draymond Green can get out of his funk and start to provide the type of energy, tenacity and ferocity that they’ve come to know and love over the years.
And perhaps Klay Thompson’s big fourth quarter on Friday night can carry over to his best playoff series game. Even though he carries the “Game 6 Klay” nickname proudly, Thompson actually averages more points per playoff series game in Game 5s (22.15 in 20 games) than in Game 6s (20.7 in 12 games).
The Celtics carry a perfect 7-0 record in games after a loss in this postseason onto the road, where they’ve won 8-of-11 games during these playoffs. The Warriors, meanwhile, are 10-1 on the Chase Center floor. Something will have to give.
Can Curry give a repeat of his marvelous Game 4? Can any other Warrior – or multiple Warriors – make it so he doesn’t have to? Do we see a Thompson explosion? Can the Dubs win back-to-back games and set themselves up for a shot at clinching their fourth NBA title on Thursday?
Follow along as reporters Madeline Kenney, Shayna Rubin and Cam Inman and columnist Dieter Kurtenbach break down those questions and more in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
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