Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins key to Golden State’s title chase vs. Celtics

BOSTON — It’s easy to forget: Prior to this postseason, Andrew Wiggins had only experienced one playoff series in his entire career. Basketball is basketball for someone nearing the end of their eighth year in the NBA — and just played in their first All-Star game — but the intensity from possession to possession, emotional swings from quarter to quarter and game to game Missions are new for Wiggins, whose battle-hardened teammates can’t win this final without him.

Steph Curry could have bent a spoon with his mind on Friday night and it would have been an afterthought; His stunning 43 points (on 7-for-14 shooting from three) was out of body. But the show would have been for nothing if it weren’t for Wiggins, who remains a barometer for Golden State in this particular matchup. In Game 3, he disappeared and the warriors fell apart. In Game 4, he had the most important night of his professional life: 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, with some big shots in the first quarter that decided Golden State against a Boston team that immediately plunged into a deafening arena.

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