Bedtime? Mavericks must counter Curry’s nighttime routine


Maybe the Mavericks should come up with some kind of cool move, a sign for themselves, a joke on everyone else.

Like Steph Curry.

You saw it Friday night near the end of Game 2 when the Warriors finished an impressive 19-point rally that ended in a 126-117 victory and a 2-0 lead in the League Final. Western Conference traveling to the American Airlines Center on Sunday. night.

The move that Curry made popular overnight is when he puts both hands together on one side of his head, as if he were lying down.

Bedtime, he calls her.

He made the move when he hit his last 3-pointer with just over a minute to play, putting one final exclamation mark on the win.

And put the Mavericks to sleep, figuratively speaking.

It’s the same move Curry made before, starting, it’s believed, in the first round against Denver.

“I have no idea,” Curry said after Friday’s win, why he became so obsessed with bedtime in the playoffs. “You can say that I don’t choreograph any of that. Just having fun. You talk about having kids, you know how important bedtime routines are.

“It’s the final signal of a job well done that day. So quite special.

While a lot of attention has rightly been focused on Warriors center Kevon Looney, who had a career-high 21 points with 12 rebounds on Friday, Curry remains the head of the snake for Golden State.

And admittedly, a bite of him can knock out an opponent.

But the Mavericks didn’t come out for the count. Not even close.

They were amazed, that’s for sure. Going down 2-0 against a team that has as much firepower on both ends of the field as the Warriors is a tough position to occupy.

But Golden State has every right to feel good about themselves. Overcoming the 19-point second-quarter deficit was impressive. They handled a very strong backlash after the Game 1 loss to the Mavericks.

It was something they expected, Curry said.

“We knew they were going to be aggressive, take shots,” he said. “(But) we didn’t think they were going to be this hot. No matter what we did, it seemed like they always found the right guy.

“But also you look at the scoreboard and we’ve brought it down to 14 (at half-time) and 14 is more than manageable for us if we go out and influence the game on the defensive end.”

And the Warriors did. They stopped the Mavericks, who couldn’t do the same to the Warriors in the second half, including a 40th-place finish in the fourth quarter.

Give the Warriors credit for running their business in the first two home games.

Maybe fans should bring pillows to Game 3 on Sunday night, just in case it’s the Mavericks who give the Warriors a sleeping pill to protect the field.

At the very least, the Mavericks need to remember the bedtime story, since Curry was close to their bench when he unleashed his theatrics.

“I was looking at the ball and looking at the rim, so I was talking to myself. I don’t know who heard it,” he said. “It’s a good way to end the game, and we have to integrate it into the third game.”

And the Mavericks must fight him or risk losing 3-0. And we all know what that means since no team in NBA history has ever come out of a 3-0 hole.

Bullock contributes, in more ways than one: Reggie Bullock had a strong start to his first trip to the Conference Finals. He averaged 16.5 points in the first two games and made 9 of 20 3-pointers.

But that has nothing to do with his nomination as a finalist for the 2022 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which honors the NBA’s most influential social justice advocates who carry on the league’s tradition of activism.

“It means a lot,” Bullock said. “Obviously it’s something tragic that happened with my two siblings. Being nominated for everything I do off the pitch and having my name linked to a great like Kareem. That’s very dope. The only thing I wish is that my sisters could be here to see the moment and that I was nominated for an award like this.

Bullock, a long-time LGBTQ equity advocate, has participated in the New York City Pride March and many other initiatives. He lost two sisters in separate incidents that solidified his belief in LGBTQ rights.

Familiar feeling: Golden State coach Steve Kerr was asked what he compared playing against Luka Dončić to.

It didn’t take him long to come up with a comparison.

“The most similar game was Houston a few years ago with James Harden because it was a similar look in terms of having a superstar player who can step back and make a three, get to the edge and he has four teammates. behind the 3-point line that can make three,” Kerr said. “So the game was similar.

“I don’t know how useful it is. We have a very different team now. But it reminds me, Luka and James, there’s a similar pressure you feel on every possession. They can create an easy shot for a teammate or for themselves.

Clearly, with Dončić racking up 42 points in Game 2, the Warriors found a way to lose the battle, but win the war – also known as the game.

Twitter: @ESefko


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