Stephen Curry goes on a scoring rampage within the 4th quarter to present Golden State a win in Sport 4.

SAN FRANCISCO — As soon as the clock stopped, Stephen Curry picked up the basketball, shook his proper fist and ran across the courtroom.

He lastly felt some aid after the Golden State Warriors had absorbed quite a few challenges Monday, together with an sudden teaching change. However after Draymond Inexperienced made a key block on the high of the important thing, Inexperienced roared in pleasure towards the courtside followers. Curry adopted swimsuit. Then, the 2 Warriors teammates pointed at one another.

The Warriors escaped with a 101-98 Sport 4 win towards the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday to seize a 3-1 collection lead. The Warriors can shut out the collection in Sport 5 on Wednesday in Memphis (9:30 ET, TNT).

Listed below are the 5 takeaways from a memorable Sport 4.


1. Mike Brown dealt with a well-known (albeit sudden) function

The day began with Mike Brown sporting two teaching obligations. Simply as he had for the previous six years, he assumed his function because the Warriors’ lead assistant coach. He additionally formally turned the Sacramento Kings’ coach, a job he’ll begin as soon as the Warriors’ playoff run ends.

Because the day continued, Brown would be taught that Golden State coach Steve Kerr had examined constructive for COVID-19,  and that he must take the reins for Sport 4 Monday evening. Brown had no forewarning. Kerr attended morning shootaround. Carrying a masks and talking with a raspy voice throughout his media availability, Kerr examined later within the day after feeling symptomatic. Brown then discovered about his new project after arriving on the enviornment at about 5:15 p.m. PT, about 105 minutes earlier than tipoff.

“To have that sort of thrown at you, you’ve bought to change gears as a result of I do know what my obligations are getting in as Mike Brown the assistant coach, and it adjustments,” Brown mentioned. “Now it’s important to handle the whole lot and never essentially handle the precise issues that you’re requested to do earlier than sport time. So I needed to change hats rapidly.”

On quick discover, assistant coach Mike Brown stuffed in as Golden State’s coach in Sport 4 of the West semis.

Brown felt ready. He coached the Warriors to a 11-0 playoff file in 2017 whereas Kerr handled problems from again surgical procedure. As Kerr’s lead assistant, Brown screens the gamers’ minutes and takes meticulous notes for sport prep. And he leaned on each the remainder of the Warriors’ teaching employees, Inexperienced and Andre Iguodala for extra teaching assist.

“Clearly there’s butterflies, as a result of once more you’re going into the sport with a sure mindset and it’s a giant sport,” Brown mentioned. “Each sport that we play at this level within the yr, it’s big.”

Will Brown be sitting in the identical chair for Sport 5? It appears seemingly. To clear protocols, the NBA requires gamers and coaches that check constructive for COVID-19 to supply two consecutive damaging assessments taken inside not less than 24 hours of one another. That leaves Kerr with a really tight window to return.

As for his future teaching gig, Brown politely declined to speak in depth out of respect for his present job with the Warriors.

After being a part of two of the Warriors’ three NBA title runs, Brown might be tasked with main the Kings to the playoffs for the primary time since 2006. After his three different teaching gigs with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2005-10 and 2013-14) and Los Angeles Lakers (2011-12), Brown is keen to deal with his subsequent problem. He plans to put in his acquainted defensive philosophies. He hopes to include among the Warriors’ ideas of ball-movement and collaboration. And he’ll attempt to join with a company that has had 11 completely different head coaches since final making the playoffs.


2. Golden State grinds it out

The Warriors missed their first 15 3-point makes an attempt Monday evening. They dedicated 11 turnovers within the first half. And though the Grizzlies had their very own points enjoying with out level guard Ja Morant, their offensive miscues had extra to do with their very own sluggishness than the Warriors’ protection.

“That’s playoff basketball,” Brown mentioned. “Generally it’s dirty. Generally it’s gritty.”

However the Warriors are skilled and resilient.

Held in verify for many of Sport 4, Stephen Curry erupts over the ultimate 7:55 to carry Golden State.

By crunchtime, Curry seemed like his regular self. Regardless of capturing 10-of-25 from the sector and 4-of-14 from deep, Curry completed with 32 factors, boosted by sinking 8-of-9 free-throw makes an attempt.

Curry tied the sport at 90 after hitting a fall-away baseline jumper with 3:25 left. He gave the Warriors a 94-93 lead with 45.7 seconds left — their first lead of the evening — after sinking a pair of free throws. He then made six extra free throws within the ultimate 25.9 seconds.

“He has that mindset the place he’s one of the best shooter of all time and it simply takes one good take a look at the rim or free-throw line,” Brown mentioned, “When that occurs, the floodgates open.”

The Warriors’ win went past Curry making clutch photographs.

Inexperienced blocked Jaren Jackson Jr.’s 3-point try on the high of the important thing whereas the Warriors clung to a 98-95 lead with 19.5 seconds remaining. Andrew Wiggins was the lone Golden State participant to shoot above 50% (17 factors on 7-of-13 capturing) and in addition grabbed 10 rebounds. Inexperienced, Wiggins, Otto Porter Jr. and Kevon Looney all supplied hustle performs.

That each one turned sufficient for the Warriors to beat a poor capturing evening from each Klay Thompson (6-of-20 total, 0-of-7 from deep) and Jordan Poole (4-of-12, 0-of-3 from 3).

“If it’s a one- or two-possession sport down the stretch, whether or not you’re down or up, you’re feeling fairly assured,” Brown mentioned. “A whole lot of it has to do with the playoff expertise that these guys have however their expertise and IQ for my part is second-to-none.”


3. Grizzlies battle with out Morant

Memphis could have sensed it might be a tough evening as quickly as lineup introductions began.

Main scorer Ja Morant was in road garments, lacking Sport 4 (and presumably past) due to proper knee soreness. Warriors followers showered Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks with boos as he was about to play for the primary time since serving a one-game suspension in Sport 3.

Did Golden State take Memphis frivolously in Sport 4 with Ja Morant out?

Initially, the Grizzlies tapped into the identical formulation that ensured a 20-5 regular-season file with out Morant. Tyus Jones began in his place. Steven Adams assumed his function on the middle spot to reduce the Warriors’ paint factors. After Desmond Bane nailed a 32-footer on the finish of the third quarter, the Grizzlies nursed a 69-62 lead and confirmed they only may get out of San Francisco with a break up.

However they couldn’t maintain that effort within the fourth quarter. And that’s once they missed Morant.

Brooks scored 12 factors on 5-of-12 capturing after going a mixed 3-of-16 in Video games 1 and a pair of. Jenkins nonetheless caught with Brooks in crunch time, although, due to his eight assists.

“He compelled a pair; making an attempt to get his groove again,” Jenkins mentioned. “Clearly he’s been off for a few days. However when he was enjoying with power below management, I cherished the playmaking that he had.”

The Grizzlies allowed the Warriors to shoot 10-of-17 from the sector and 4-of-8 from deep within the ultimate interval. They dedicated 10 private fouls. And the Warriors outrebounded the Grizzlies, 8-4.

“I really feel like their stress sort of sped us up. We let their stress sort of dictate us into some photographs,” Jones mentioned. “That begins with me out entrance, having the ability to deal with that stress, be certain that our guys are relax the stretch, and whether or not it’s getting us into an motion, getting us right into a set or creating one thing myself or creating one thing for others, simply bought to ensure we don’t let their physicality or their stress sort of velocity us up.”


4. Wiseman offers an replace on his progress

Throughout this collection, Warriors middle James Wiseman has felt each at dwelling and like he’s in overseas territory.

After starring at East Excessive Faculty and the College of Memphis, Wiseman joined the Warriors for the primary two video games in Memphis so he might be round household and luxuriate in his mother’s home-cooked spaghetti. However like he has all season, Wiseman remained on the sidelines due to a proper knee damage.

“It’s at all times good to only really feel that power and environment whereas being dwelling. Nevertheless it ticked me off a bit of bit as a result of I wished to play,” Wiseman mentioned. “I used to be pissed as a result of I wished to play and I wished to play this season. It’s what it’s. It’s life.”

Wiseman has performed in solely 39 video games since being chosen because the No. 2 total decide within the 2020 Draft and has but to play an NBA sport in his hometown. However in his first session with the media because the Warriors dominated him out indefinitely in March, Wiseman appeared constructive with each his physique language and phrases.

Former No. 2 total decide James Wiseman has but to play in a sport this season.

“It made me stronger. It simply will depend on the way you reply,” Wiseman mentioned. “I can simply quit and say, I don’t wish to do that. However that’s not in my DNA. I’m going to maintain working and preserve persevering. However I bought religion and I bought God on my facet.”

Wiseman additionally has numerous mentors on his facet. One in all them is Shaun Livingston, the Warriors’ director of participant affairs and former NBA participant who himself missed 101 of 246 regular-season video games in his first three seasons after struggling a horrific leg damage.

Kerr additionally has inspired Wiseman to check Jackson Jr., who performed 11 video games final season with a torn meniscus to turn out to be an All-Defensive candidate.

“It’s useful for James to have that instance in entrance of him,” Kerr mentioned. “He’s a diligent employee and he’s placing within the time. We’re very assured that he may have an extended and nice profession.”

It stays to be seen whether or not that might be with the Warriors. They should resolve by Oct. 31 whether or not to select up Wiseman’s $12.1 million choice for the 2023-24 season. However within the meantime, Wiseman mentioned he has studied numerous massive males — together with Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid — in addition to observing the Warriors’ playoff preparation.

Does that imply Wiseman can swimsuit up for NBA Summer time League in July?

“If it progresses nicely, then in fact,” Wiseman mentioned. “Nevertheless it’s nonetheless up within the air. It will depend on the coaching employees.”


5. Adreian Payne’s demise hits near dwelling

It was a giant win for the Warriors, however a painful day for Draymond Inexperienced. Inexperienced mourned the demise of former Michigan State teammate Adreian Payne, who was shot and killed in Orlando, Fla., early Monday morning.

“My feelings are sort of all over now,” Inexperienced mentioned. “I’m sort of dropping that emotion from the sport. So I’m going to go dwelling and simply sit on my podcast and speak as a result of I can pause that and cry if I have to cry. I don’t prefer to cry in entrance of individuals.”

Inexperienced then introduced that he and his spouse, Hazel, plan to donate $100,000 to honor Payne and kind a basis. He referred to as on Spartan coach Tom Izzo and numerous Spartan luminaries, together with Jackson Jr., Magic Johnson, Miles Bridges and Mat Ishbia to assist honor Payne. Inexperienced steered the muse might fund scholarships.

The NBA pays tribute to Adreian Payne, the No. 15 total decide from the 2014 Draft, who died Monday at 31.

For Sport 4, Inexperienced wore footwear with the phrases “Lengthy reside 5” and “RIP AP” to honor Payne, whom the Atlanta Hawks drafted at No. 15 in 2014.

“I’m going to go dwelling and speak about Adreian, and I’ll speak a bit of bit about this sport. However I can do it at my very own velocity and at my very own area,” Inexperienced mentioned. “I apologize. I gives you guys the best press convention after Wednesday’s sport, however I simply don’t have it in me tonight, I really apologize.”

Earlier than taking questions following morning shootaround, Kerr provided condolences to the Payne household in addition to empathy for Inexperienced and Jackson.

“Undoubtedly shook us all up,” Jackson mentioned. “It’s tremendous robust. I’ve already talked to plenty of alumni, and I noticed Dray this morning. It’s robust on all of us.  Life man, it’s treasured.”

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Mark Medina is a senior author/analyst for NBA.com. You’ll be able to e-mail him right here, discover his archive right here and observe him on Twitter.

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