Good Morning Dub Nation,
Golden State Warriors fans rejoice after the team’s 120-100 Game 7 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. When the stakes were at its highest, the Warriors came through with their most important win of the season. Steve Kerr coached a great game, player grades were excellent, and Kevon Looney was dominant on the boards once again.
However, at the center of it all, Golden State’s unquestioned leader, Stephen Curry rose to the occasion with a 50-point masterpiece to close out the series and advance the Warriors to the next round.
Reporter: "Who can stop Steph Curry"— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 1, 2023
Steph: "Hopefully we'll never find out" pic.twitter.com/36sSaQEfsP
Steph told them to “Light the Beam” pic.twitter.com/DgZBtcliDF— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 30, 2023
After falling embarrassingly short in Game 6, Curry took it upon himself to carry the Warriors in Game 7. An article from The Athletic highlighted Curry’s impassioned plea to his team prior to Sunday’s matchup.
According to multiple sources in the private session, Curry told the team he believed in them, that they had enough to win. He asked for their trust in return. He assured them he could deliver victory if they all bought in. He implored them to put all of their feelings aside — which sources with knowledge of the locker room felt was messaging directed at Poole, Jonathan Kuminga and other guys who might’ve been unhappy for reasons such as playing time and role — and lock in to the unified mission. Anyone who wanted to remain in their emotions, he told them to stay home. Anyone who was ready for their vacation, he told them not to get on the bus for Sacramento. But anyone who did get on the bus, Curry took that as a signature of approval, a binding agreement to be on board with the mission. And if they did that, if they got on the bus, he promised he’d deliver. With his game, his faith, their solidarity, they’d win.
Curry delivered on his promise and was aggressive all game long making 20 of his career-high 38 shot attempts. He finished the day with a Game 7 record 50 points, 6 assists, and 8 rebounds on 7-of-18 shooting from three-point range. After the game, his teammates had nothing but praise for their superstar player.
"That's what it takes when you're a killer like Michael [Jordan] or Steph."— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 30, 2023
Steve Kerr discusses Steph's ability to take over when the Dubs' backs are against the wall pic.twitter.com/Oro90BOk52
"This is a Game 7 I'll forever remember as 'The Steph Curry Game.'" - Klay pic.twitter.com/S2krn9VSds— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 30, 2023
"When you have rare situations, rare players do rare things."— NBA (@NBA) May 1, 2023
Draymond Green on Steph Curry following Curry's 50-point Game 7. The Warriors triumphed on the road to advance to the 2nd round.
LAL/GSW Game 1: Tuesday, 10pm/et, TNT pic.twitter.com/kOQPUVW1IT
Reporter: "Have you run out of words to describe [Steph Curry]?"— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 30, 2023
Gary Payton II:
GP2 had no words to describe Steph’s greatness pic.twitter.com/C7GWpl7oZJ
Sunday’s victory advances the Warriors to the Western Conference Semifinals where they will take on their Southern California rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. The turnaround will be quick as Game 1 begins on Tuesday in San Francisco, but it’s safe to say that the defending champions are excited for the challenge.
"If I had to guess, probably his employer. I have so many great memories with him watching the Lakers, Kobe, Shaq and Pau… I'm just really excited to try and stick it to the team I grew up rooting for."— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 1, 2023
Klay Thompson on who his dad will be rooting for pic.twitter.com/upimT6sbm9
Here are the rest of today’s stories:
In case you missed it from Golden State of Mind:
- Kerr’s Warriors are 8-0 in playoffs committing 7 turnovers or less
- Full Schedule for Western Conference Semifinals: Warriors vs. Lakers
- Kevon Looney dominated Domanatas Sabonis and the Kings in Game 7
- How the Warriors pushed the Steph Curry button to shut the beam
- Player grades: Game 7
- Curry scores most points in Game 7 history, Warriors destroy Kings to move on
Other Warriors News:
- Steph Curry’s 50-point masterpiece started well before Game 7, with a speech and a promise to his Warriors(The Athletic)
- Hollywood inspiration, mutual respect and bulletin board material: Behind the scenes of Kings-Warriors (The Athletic)
- Stephen Curry’s 50 sets Game 7 record as Warriors eliminate Kings (ESPN)
- Warriors-Kings Game 7 reaction: Steph’s 50 points + Lakers-Warriors preview (Draymond Green Show)
- Kevon Looney shows why he’s one of best NBA centers in Warriors’ Game 7 win (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Heat earn another gritty win vs. Knicks, but all attention now turns to Jimmy Butler’s ankle (The Athletic)
- Brunson takes blame after ‘uncharacteristic’ outing in Game 1 (ESPN)
- Doc Rivers: Joel Embiid likely doubtful for G1 vs. Celtics (ESPN)
- NBA playoffs: Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks fined $25k for skipping media after losses to Lakers (Yahoo Sports)
- Playoffs Film Study: Nuggets cut off Wolves’ path to the basket (NBA)