Warriors Observations: Klay Thompson, Steph Curry Earn Dominant Victory Over Celtics

SAN FRANCISCO — The first regular-season rematch of last season’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Boston Celtics was guaranteed to be a battle. It certainly was, and the end result might surprise many.

Although the Warriors are the defending champions, after beating the Celtics for the ultimate prize six months ago, Boston has been the best team in the NBA this season. As the Warriors try to figure out who they are, the Celtics have looked like a cohesive unit whose off-season upgrades have paid off in a major way. Meanwhile, the Warriors are a team whose puzzle is missing pieces.

Under the bright lights, the Warriors gave everyone a stern reminder Saturday night at Chase Center with their 123-107 win: Until proven otherwise, they are still the champions and everyone still looks on with hope. to reach their peaks.

The Splash Brothers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson led the way, combining to score 66 points on 55.3% shooting overall and 45.5% from beyond the arc. Adding to a winning formula, Jordan Poole with 20 points, Kevon Looney grabbing 15 rebounds and role players like Donte DiVincenzo being a plus-20 over/under off the bench providing eight rebounds and nonstop energy.

The Warriors improved to 14-13 this season. No victory has been more important than defeating the Celtics again.

Here are three takeaways from the Warriors’ home-court win.

Klay under control

One thing was clear Saturday in San Francisco: Thompson was a man on a mission. Don’t throw wild shots and rack up points. But to make up for his costly mistake of falling asleep late in the Warriors’ loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

What was most encouraging was the way Thompson scored his points early on. He had 12 points in the first quarter, and none came from 3 points. The sniper went 5 for 9 down the field, scored two points and made both of his free throws.

Nothing was rushed. Thompson was in total control, and it continued as the night wore on.

By halftime, Thompson had 24 points, his fifth most for an entire game this season. It also gave him more points than he scored in five of the six games in the finals last season. He scored 10 more points in the third quarter, giving him his second 30-plus-goal night so far this season.

In the end, Thompson scored a game-high 34 points while going 14-for-26 from the field and 4-for-11 from deep. He has now scored 20 or more points in four consecutive games, his longest such streak since 2019. Mission accomplished.

The Steph Factor

Whether they’re cursing him from the Chase Center, at home in Boston or in a local pub, Celtics fans must be sick of Curry. Many felt the Celtics were the better team last season. Boston didn’t have Curry, however.

Saturday night was a reminder that there is only one Steph. And it usually comes with at least a bit of sizzle. For Curry, that means a no buzzer beating 3 dots to end the first quarter – giving the crowd something to cheer about.

Curry began by sniffing out the Celtics defense, finding the best way to dissect them. In the end, his tools cut the tusk into pieces. Curry scored 32 points – 17 in the first half and 15 in the second. He went 12 for 21 overall and 6 for 11 from long range, also adding seven assists and six rebounds.

If there’s one thing the Celtics can be happy about right now, it’s the fact that they just have to revisit number 30 this season.

Ultimate learning experience

With Andrew Wiggins against the Celtics due to his right adductor strain, much of the attention has turned to 20-year-old Jonathan Kuminga. Some even thought Kuminga might start dating Celtics stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Instead, he made his presence felt against said stars with a hard-hitting 21 minutes off the bench.

Taking advantage of another opportunity, Kuminga scored 14 points, effectively going 6 for 9 from the field. Impacting the game in more ways than one, Kuminga also had five rebounds and three assists.

Kuminga’s most telling moment of the night came against Tatum. The young Warriors striker tried to back Tatum onto the post, but the ball was eventually swept away. His recovery couldn’t have been better. Kuminga grabbed the ball and in a flash showcased his outstanding athleticism with a strong dunk on Tatum.

Before the whistleblower, Steve Kerr said facing the Celtics would be Kuminga’s biggest test yet. Kuminga more than passed the test, and Kerr’s confidence must continue with the former lottery pick. Next, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

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At the start of the evening, the Celtics led the NBA with an average of 120.8 points per game. Kuminga’s offensive point defense is one of the main reasons Boston is nowhere near that number. The Jonathan Kuminga experience gets more interesting with each passing game.

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