Phife Dawg wouldn’t even have to ask. Steph Curry can hit it. Yes he can.
The Warriors superstar put on a performance for the ages in Friday night‘s 107-97 win at Boston Garden as he became “MVP!” songs at the end of it. As he tore apart the Celtics defense en route to a mesmerizing 43 points, Curry sported the same purple kicks that are becoming legendary in the playoffs.
The Warriors are now 3-0 in Steph’s playoff purple shoe era.
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Is he wearing purple velvet?
The kicks made their playoff debut in Game 3 of the Memphis Grizzlies series in the Western Conference Semifinals. Steph was down 30 points and the Warriors won by 30. If you’re superstitious, that bodes well for No. 30 here.
Then came The Great Shoe Swap in Game 4 against the Grizzlies.
Curry initially wore Craig Sager-inspired orange boots, but scored 14 points on 18 field goals in the first three quarters. Steph switched to the Purple Playoff Shoes before his fourth quarter run and dropped 18 points on seven field goals, including 14 of 14 from the free throw line. The Warriors picked up a nasty 101-98 comeback victory to take a 3-1 series lead.
At the time, Curry simply said he wanted to “shock the system a bit,” but he might have done more than that. Perhaps he unlocked even more superpowers, as Friday’s Purple Playoffs Shoe-inspired performance was a Finals record.
Looks aside, these Lavender legends also kept his all-important left foot in good shape. Curry showed no ill effects from the mild foot sprain he said he felt in Game 3 just 48 hours earlier.
As ESPN’s Nick DePaula noted, Andre Iguodala also wore the Curry 4 Flowtro on Friday night. DePaula also shared the full line of shoes Curry has used so far in the Finals.
Will Steph bring them back for Game 5 at Chase Center? Will he keep them locked up until Game 6? Keep them for Game 7?
You don’t want to go to the pit too many times, but this is the final. The whole fate of the 2022 season and therefore the history of the league could rest on these shoes. If the Warriors get this win, they may have to make room for a shoe display at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.