Here are four things to watch for in Game 4, the fourth and final game in the NBA Finals. We’ll look at Steph Curry’s injury, Jayson Tatum’s sloppiness, and the relationship between Stephen Curry and Dell and Sonya Curry. If you’re a big fan of the Finals, you’ll be thrilled to see these players go head-to-head once again in Game 4.
Stephen Curry’s injury in Game 3 of the NBA Finals is serious, but the Warriors will likely get him back on Friday. The Warriors are trailing the Celtics 2-1 and are desperate to reclaim home court advantage. Curry is averaging 31.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in the playoffs and is shooting 48.6% from the field, 46.9% from three-point range, and 83.3% from the free-throw line. However, the Warriors are not expecting Curry to play in Game 4 after the injury.
The Warriors’ chances of turning the series around depend on Stephen Curry’s recovery. The Warriors opted to rest Curry on Thursday, and are also resting the other starters, including Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. While Curry’s injury will definitely hinder his chances of playing in Game 4, it will make it more difficult for the Warriors to get a win. With that in mind, they have decided to rest the rest of the team ahead of Game 4 at the TD Garden.
Jayson Tatum’s sloppiness
Despite Stephen Curry’s 43 points in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics, the Warriors are tied with the LeBron James-led Heat at two games apiece. Jayson Tatum, who has been struggling all series, was less than efficient in this game, finishing with just 23 points on 8-of-23 shooting (including two-pointers) with six turnovers. Even though Tatum was hot early in the game, his performance dwindled during the final quarter.
In his fifth NBA season, Jayson Tatum has improved his game. He’s been the go-to scorer for the Celtics, and he’s been a three-time All-Star. But despite his struggles in the series, Tatum still needs to elevate his play if he wants to help his team win its 18th championship.
Stephen Curry’s relationship with Dell and Sonya Curry
Following his divorce from Sonya Curry, Dell Curry went to Game four of the NBA finals with a new girlfriend. Dell’s new girlfriend, who is not named yet, was spotted with Curry in the stands. It was unclear whether or not his relationship with his new girlfriend was a result of social media. Dell Curry and Sonya Curry reportedly separated in 2015 after Dell’s affairs with multiple women.
The Warriors star’s relationship with his ex-wife, Dell Curry, is a hot topic after the couple’s ugly divorce. Dell Curry has accused Curry of having an extramarital affair. In turn, Curry has gone on to other partners. The rumored woman is Steven Johnson, a former NFL tight end who was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1988.
Steph Curry’s status for Game 4
Stephen Curry’s status for Game 4 of the NBA Finals has been uncertain after the Golden State Warriors missed Game 3 due to a foot injury. Although the injury was not a serious one, it did cause the Warriors to miss 12 games during the regular season. The injury occurred on April 16, when Marcus Smart landed on Curry’s leg during a scramble for a loose ball. The Warriors forward has been running constantly during the game, typically off the ball, to get a clearer look at the hoop.
If Curry is sidelined, it could be crucial for the Warriors to win Game 4. The Warriors have struggled in the post this series and will likely need their leading scorer to perform at the highest level. Curry has led his team in scoring in all three games, but their secondary scoring has not been as effective. The Celtics have targeted Curry’s movement off the ball and have had difficulty guarding him.
Celtics’ aggressiveness on the interior
Boston is back in the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth time in six seasons, and they are ready for revenge. The Heat sent Boston home from the NBA bubble last year, and while they still feature many of the same players, the Celtics have a much different makeup than that team did back then. As a result, expect a high-scoring, defensive Game 4 if Boston can stay on its feet inside.
In Game 3 of the 2010 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics were the visitors, and they were a bit ahead of the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors luring them into traps was a mistake by Al Horford, but his mistake turned into a seven-point play. The Celtics didn’t make it easy for the Warriors, and the play-on call made things a lot easier for them.