Due to Steph Curry’s sprained right knee, it was highly expected the Golden State Warriors would be eliminated from playoff contention. But just as they’ve done since season opener, the Warriors proved they’re capable of overcoming even the most seemingly insurmountable odds, as they were not only able to succeed with Curry on the bench, but also dominate upon his return.
Curry rejoined his teammates in game four of the series against the Portland Trail Blazers, where he earned 40 points, 17 of which he scored in overtime, where he set an NBA record for most points recorded in extended regulation.
But Curry’s dominance didn’t end there, as his performance in Wednesday night’s game five matchup ultimately ensured the Warriors’ progression into the Western Conference Finals, with a 125-121 victory over the Trail Blazers.
“It obviously wasn’t easy but we found a way to get it done,” said Curry postgame. “I look forward to the next round, we’ll get some rest and then we gotta play better…it was a battle. We came back from a lot of deficits and pretty much every game after game one. It was important for us to take care of tonight so that we could get a little bit of rest.”
And while Curry’s talent is undeniable, his teammate and Splash Brother counterpart Klay Thompson played an equally explosive game by earning 33 points in 35 minutes.
“I will have to say one thing, though,” Curry said. “I think Klay was in here earlier. That dude had the best series I’ve ever seen him play on both ends of the floor, defending [Lillard], exhausting all his energy to make it uncomfortable for him and what he’s able to do offensively. Hopefully that doesn’t get lost in our series and the way we played as a team.”
Needless to say, the Warriors appear unstoppable as they move even closer toward their second championship title in two seasons.
“Klay’s shooting was incredible tonight,” said Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr. “Then the way Steph finished the game, that step back shot to put it to a five-point lead was probably a shot only he can make. So I thought a gutty effort from a lot of guys.”