Celtics still seeking answers for Stephen Curry

Try as they may, the Celtics haven’t figured out how to effectively defend Stephen Curry in the Finals.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As the Boston Celtics search for answers to stop Stephen Curry in these NBA Finals, they know that even their best defense won’t always be good enough.

“Steph Curry is pretty good, in case you haven’t noticed. He’s an incredible shot of the ball,” Boston guard Jaylen Brown said on Sunday. “Even watching it, playing against it and even in the final I feel like he’s doing a little bit better. He did a damn good job in Game 4 and we have to respond to that.”

Whether the Celtics can better contain the two-time MVP will be a major key if the best-of-seven streak continues with a 2-2 draw at the Chase Center Monday night.

Coach Ime Udoka is urging the Celtics to shake things up and get more physical after Curry’s 43-point masterpiece in the Warriors’ 107-97 win in Boston on Friday.

Udoka gives his guards some leeway in deciding where exactly to start pressuring the Golden State superstar – often starting well past the 3-point arc, with the big men remaining ready to help.

Curry went 14-for-26 with seven 3-pointers and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Once he gets a rhythm, he can strike from anywhere, even with a defender’s hand to his face. But Udoka realizes that the 3-point leader of his career can quickly become an equally dangerous playmaker.

“Obviously the range extends the ground a bit. Some of the shots he hits are just shots he can hit that were hard fought,” Udoka said. “He hit a few of them.”

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Curry, 34, recorded the second-best scoring performance of his career in the final stages – only second to the 47 points he scored in Game 3 of 2019 against eventual champions Toronto – and joined Michael Jordan and LeBron James in a player-only finish 34 years with at least 40 points in a final game.

So, did Curry enjoy watching the Friday game film session almost as much as what he did during it?

“Whether you play well individually or not, you always know what will happen in the end. It’s like watching the end of a movie. It’s always nice to know that the movie ends up being great,” he said.

“But I think it’s more about observing what worked and trying to understand those patterns so you can replicate that for the next game. Maybe expect some adjustments that might happen. Try to slow it down and try to be one step ahead of it. In the meantime also a lot of different reactions in the crowd and on the bench and so on. It’s always good entertainment.”

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