Steve Curry proves Richard Jefferson was wrong at all times Game 4

It seemed like an easy prediction for ESPN analyst Richard Jefferson to make at the time: Neither the Golden State Warriors nor the Boston Celtics had one of the best Game 4 performances ever in the NBA Finals on Friday. However, he ended up being wrong thanks to Steve Curry.

Prior to the Warriors’ 107-97 victory over Celtics Friday, ESPN’s “NBA Today” ran a segment featuring the best 4 game performance ever. This list was by location and includes four Hall of Famers (Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), as well as a future Hall of Famer (Kawhi Leonard).

Then host Malika Andrews asked a question about whether a Game 4 performance at all would happen in Friday’s game. It will be Jason Tatum, former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said, and Jaelyn Brown, ESPN senior writer Zac Lowe said. Jefferson was a bit more pessimistic.

“I don’t think anyone would have a chance to join that roster… I looked at Karim’s roster, Charles Barkley, MJ…” Jefferson said before Lowe reminded him Curry was playing. “I don’t think anyone has a chance, we’ll see if I’m wrong.”

Lowe continued to be in disbelief about it, and said, “So you’re telling me this game is going to feature Steph Curry, Clay Thompson, Jason Tatum and Jaylene Brown. Nobody has a chance in a 30-point, 10-rebound match?”


Jefferson replied, “Let me say this: You don’t necessarily have to have a chance, I don’t think that will happen.”

Then Lowe sarcastically replied, “Well, what a bold prediction! The greatest Game 4 in basketball history isn’t going to happen tonight. We’re just asking if there’s a chance!”

Lowe’s mark of 30 points and 10 rebounds mentioned by Lowe was a reference to Leonard’s performance against the Warriors in 2019. Leonard finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds. It’s also worth noting that Andrews calmly agreed with Jefferson when he responded with “I don’t think so” for the last time.

Yes, regarding that prediction: Curry went on to put in 43 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists in not only the best Finals performance of his career, but one of the greatest Finals performances of all time. Not only was Steph’s total score higher than some ESPN-listed performances, but there is also an important context for Curry who appears to be the only competent basketball player on the team for most of the game. He pulled the Warriors kicking and screaming into a 2-2 tie, and he did so two days after a traumatic foot injury.

This just goes to show the greatness of the Golden State star. Even though Jefferson has been out of the league for quite some time, and it’s been a while since he and Curry last faced off on the basketball court, Curry still found a way to defeat him in the Finals. How many other players are able to do that?

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