When Game 5 began Monday night at the Chase Center, Steph Curry trotted out of the tunnel carrying kicks that looked like orange and white cream. After scoring 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting and going 0 for 3 from 3-point range, Steph decided to turn things around and change to his trusty Purple Playoff boots.
While Curry’s individual numbers actually went down in the second half, the Warriors used a strong fourth quarter to outlast the Celtics in a 104-94 win and take a 3-2 series lead.
After halftime, Steph went 3 of 12 from the field and 0 of 6 in the Purple Playoff Shoes and scored six points. He finished with 16 points in the Finals and didn’t hit a 3-pointer for the first time in 234 games, ending his NBA-record streak. But the Dubs find themselves one win away from another title.
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Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous when it came out in the purple Curry 4 Flowtros. Especially when the Celtics started the first half on a 10-0 run. It’s become a legacy game for my Twitter mentions.
Steph also took the kicks for Game 3 against the Memphis Grizzlies, when he scored 30 points in a 30-point win. Then he changed for them in the fourth quarter of Game 4 against the Grizzlies and helped earn a comeback victory. The piece de resistance came with his legendary 43-point night against the Celtics in Game 4 of the Finals last Friday.
On Sunday, I asked Curry about his undefeated record in the Curry 4 purples. Since Steph seems to be so hyper aware of everything, I figured he knew he landed those kicks in three games – and they were all wins. It turns out that was not the case.
“I didn’t even know that, so I appreciate you – I don’t know if it ruins the juju there if I know about the record now,” Curry said Sunday. “I have a lot of different colors, so we’ll see. We’ll see what happens. It makes me think now too.
My bad, Dub Nation. I thought he already knew. He was also asked about the shoes after his Game 4 change in the fourth quarter during the Memphis Series, so I figured it was something on his mind.
As for possibly jinxing his 3-point streak: He’s overcome plenty of stiff defenses, double-teams, triple-teams and shooting drops since November 2018. There’s no way a question on his shoes made it 0 for 6 from Ground to 3 points in the second half. That streak of 233 games — and 133 consecutive playoff games — was going to come to an end for a while. But hey, the Dubs are still 4-0 in the Purple Playoff Shoes Era.
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Now, what if the Warriors lost the game AND he shot like that? I would have felt guilty and maybe I should have deleted Twitter.
Steph has impacted the game in other ways, however. Sporting News’ Scott Rafferty detailed how Curry’s gravity led to this MJ-like finish from Game 5 star Andrew Wiggins. Notice how Curry draws a double team despite being 0 for 6 from 3-point field at this point in the game.
Marcus Thompson of The Athletic shared a tweet highlighting Steph’s fingerprints from Game 5:
So Steph may have had night shots, but still played a huge role in the Warriors’ Game 5 win.
Curry wore the shoes in his Game 4 masterpiece in Boston, will he knock them out for a third straight game in a title-closing situation?
“He was 0-for-9 out of three,” Draymond Green said. “He’s going to be livid before Game 6, and that’s exactly what we need.”