What the Warriors are saying after Game 5 win puts them on title cusp

The Warriors brought themselves one win away from an NBA championship with a Game 5 win on Monday night. And the guy who led them there was Andrew Wiggins.

The 27-year-old had his second brilliant game in a row, leading the Warriors with 26 points and 13 rebounds on the night and helping Golden State’s defense lock down the Celtics en route to a 104-94 win.

It was a night where Stephen Curry didn’t make a 3-pointer at all, going 0-for-9, making it the first playoff game he’s ever gone without a 3-point make and ending an NBA-record 132 straight playoff games with a 3-pointer.

Curry did score 16 points, mostly by attacking the basket, like so many on Golden State did all night. No one did that better all night than Wiggins (who went 0-for-6 from 3-point range himself), though Klay Thompson scored 21 points and made five from deep, Gary Payton II added 15 points and Jordan Poole contributed 14 — including an impressive buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

Now, Golden State is one win away from their seventh championship in franchise history and fourth with the Curry-Thompson-Green and coach Steve Kerr core. They’ll have the luxury of not needing to win on Thursday in Boston to win the series, but they will surely try to end it on the parquet floor.

Here’s what the Warriors are saying after the win:

STEVE KERR

On Wiggins’ renewed rebounding effort:

I think throughout the playoffs, really, he’s rebounded well. I think it ‘s just a sense of what ‘s needed and being on this team, where he ‘s got veteran guys who are helping him to understand what we need from him, and he ‘s just using his athleticism his in a lot of different ways. He’s just been fantastic, not just in this series but throughout the playoffs.

On winning with Curry having an off night:

Well, the key to our game is defense, and Steph was a big part of that. They were trying to attack him over and over again, and he held up really well. I thought Gary Payton and Wiggs and Draymond really keyed our defensive effort to hold that team to 94 points. That’s what it takes to win a Finals game. It’s got to be about the defense. I think Steph was probably due for a game like this. He’s been shooting the ball so well that, at some point, he was going to have a tough night. But we’ve got a lot of talent and a lot of depth that can make up for that, and the guys did a good job of that tonight.

On if Boston’s defense impacted Curry:

It was both. Boston did a really good job defensively, as we would expect. They are a great defensive team. I thought they put more pressure on him early in pick-and-roll. And Steph missed some open ones, too. So it’s always a combination. But even for the best shooter in the world, you know, games like this happen. And fortunately they don’t happen too often. I like Steph coming off of a game like this, too. I like his ability to bounce back. So to be able to win the game with our defense, with our depth, is a great team effort.

On how much poise matters at this point of the season:

I thought that was the most important part of the game tonight because we had a 12-point lead at the half, and they came and just stormed right through us in that third quarter for the first, whatever it was, eight, nine minutes. And that was a crucial part of the game for us to respond to that. Jordan hit a couple big ones late third and then had a good stretch to start the fourth as well. But the response to Boston’s run to me was the key to the game.

On Green’s bounceback night:

That’s a guy I’ve been watching for eight years. He’s always over the place defensively. He’s distributing the ball. He’s bringing that intensity and competitiveness and energy. I thought Draymond was brilliant.

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