Marcus Smart, Celtics react to Steve Curry’s legendary Game 4 performance

Guarding Steve Curry is no joke, and the Boston Celtics learned that the hard way Friday night at TD Garden.

The Warriors star broke out at 43 points as his team tied the NBA Finals in two games each, breaking several records along the way to help Golden State take Game 4 of the series with a score of 107-97.

After their loss, the Celtics reflected on Curry’s performance and how it came about. All Boston guard Marcus Smart could do was raise his hat to greatness.

“We were there. He’s a great player. He made a lot of shots as we were competing from behind,” Smart told reporters after the match. We had someone there, and he was just making them.

“That’s what he does.”

Curry’s 43 points came in 14 of 26 shots from the field and 50 percent of shots from behind the arc. His seven three-pointers in Game 4 made him the first player in Finals history to score five or more three-pointers in four consecutive games.

“Obviously we have to do a better job to reduce that,” Smart said. “We have to make it more difficult for him. That is what it is. We have another chance to do it again on Monday.”

Friday night marked the first real nail-biting of these finals, and Curry managed to capitalize during crunch time by scoring eight points in the final two minutes of the game.

And as Dub Nation knows, there’s nothing more lethal than Curry in a beat – especially in a game to be won.

“…you have to be aware, especially at the end,” Smart said. “That’s the one guy you can’t let hit you with. Like I said, he obviously made a lot of hard shots on us tonight. When you get a guy like that, some early rhythm, those shots, the basketball hoop starts to come out a bit bigger.” a little for him.

“We made a conscious effort to find him and Clay and his shooters, especially in transitions.”

Celtics coach Im Odoka explained that once Boston started switching to defense to try to keep the Warriors’ 3-point shots out, it created some uneven games that allowed Golden State to pick up more offensive boards and throw off some unexpected shots.

“…in general, it wasn’t even old and young; it was more [Andrew] “Wiggins crashes from the wing,” Odoka said. “They’ve got some extra jobs as much as that.”

Andrew Wiggins was Golden State’s other star in Game Four as he finished with a crucial double, racking up 16 high rebounds to pair with 17 points.

Odoka felt the Celtics did enough to win on Friday, but the Warriors did more than that – meaning Curry went off the field and Golden State beat them on the glass.

“Like I said, defensively other than the late free throws, we kept good enough to win, even though Curry kind of lost,” Odoka said. “Our attack wasn’t as good as it should have been, and he helped them defend.”

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The Boston coach gave the Warriors their flowers for what proved to be a great match between two talented teams. In the end, Golden State showed his heart during the deciding match.

“Credit to them. Odoka said. “They will not come and lie down. We had our chances, especially in the first half.”

Now, the best of seven series returns to Chase Center Monday night for Game 5 as the Celtics try to figure out how they can stop the Warriors.

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