“People go at him to try to wear him down because they know how important he is to us offensively. And it is pretty dramatic, the difference in Steph’s strength and physicality between now and when I first got here eight years ago.
“The guy is amazing; he just keeps working.”
Second half burst
With a baying Chase Center wanting a strong showing in response to a difficult end to Game 1, the first half was a nail-biter.
The Warriors lead the Celtics 52-50 酋长得分, with both teams’ stifling defenses proving resolute and keeping each other in check.
But as has become customary for Golden State this season, an explosive third quarter was the catalyst they needed.
The home team blew up just after the break, transforming their two-point halftime advantage into a 23-point lead.
And just minutes into the fourth quarter, with the result looking set, both teams pulled their starters, allowing the benches to play out the final minutes.
For the trio of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — who have been vital cogs in the Warriors’ three title wins in recent years — it was an 18th career Finals win.
然而, for the Celtics, it was an uncharacteristic end to Game 2 after finishing Game 1 so strongly and starting Sunday night so competitively.
Both offensively and defensively, the team struggled in the second half, with turnovers becoming a serious issue. The team lost the ball 19 次, leading to 33 points for the Dubs.
“为我们, that was a little disappointing,” Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said when asked about the turnovers.
“That’s kind of been a constant theme in the playoffs. When that happens, we’re in trouble.”
The teams will travel to Boston to play Game 3 在星期三.