He returned from a sprained knee and came off the bench for the Warriors Monday night. As you would expect, he looked rusty for three quarters, 6-of-18 shooting and 0-of-9 from three. But forced into extra playing time with Shaun Livingstonejected, Curry woke up and dropped 27 in the fourth quarter in overtime, playing like the vintage Curry.
Wade has been the best Heat player in this series, averaging 27 points a game and shooting 50 percent, turning back the clock and showing some of the athleticism that helped him lead the Heat to a championship a decade ago. That he’s still doing it now speaks to the kind of longevity that gets you past people like Magic on all-time lists. And it wasn’t just Magic these playoffs, as Tim Reynolds of the AP noted.
Players Dwyane Wade has passed on the playoff career scoring list in 2016: Wilt, Elgin, Scottie, Dirk, Magic.
Do you expect Warriors players to say that? No. But Draymond Green did just that in his postgame press conference, which you can see above. Green had been testy and combative all night, drawing one technical and dancing with another, so this fit in with his evening. What he’s saying has some logic — if you believe in your team, and you’re up 3-1, you have to believe the other team is done. It’s just refreshing and a little surprising to hear a player say that.
Don’t think he was backing down from the statement either; Draymond said he wanted to give them bulletin board material. (As a side note, how is “bulletin board material” still a phrase? I can’t remember the last time I saw a bulletin board in a locker room.)
Somewhere, Steve Kerr is just shaking his head.
Dwyane Wade’s shot sits on rim, quickly spawns jokes on Web