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Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins reveals what unlocked his career best

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Andrew Wiggins had the best game of his career as the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics two games apiece to even reach the NBA Finals on Friday, and had an easy answer afterward for what unleashed the performance.

In the midst of what might be the best season of his eight-year NBA career, Wiggins had what might be his best singles game on June 10 in Game 4. He scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds as the Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter, beating the Celtics 107-97 to regain home field advantage.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Wiggins explained what was behind his best game of his career.

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For Wiggins, the goal in Game 4 was simple – do whatever it takes to win. In this case, that meant responding to the 47-31 rebound advantage the Celtics had in Game 3.

“I want to win,” he said via SI.com. “I know rebounding is a big part of that. i just want to win And I feel like sometimes we play small. So I’m just trying to go in and bounce to help the team.

Wiggins did more than a rebound against the Celtics. As noted by Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, he drew some of the toughest defensive plays and played a big part in slowing Jayson Tatum down. Despite having a team-high 23 points, Tatum required 23 shots and came with six turnovers.

“Wiggs was fantastic,” Kerr said after Game 4 via SI.com. “To go up against Boston you have to face Tatum and [Jaylen] Brown, and they’re just strong, experienced players. great size They keep coming at you downhill, so we had to have Wiggs out there. I thought he was great defensively.”

As Wiggins indicated, his role in the team’s small ball lineup is one of the most important. Kerr challenges Wiggins to slide to the top when the team has their small lineup on the floor, which requires him to be one of the primary rebounders.

Wiggins accepted the role. Though Wiggins averaged 4.7 rebounds per game throughout his career, he has 7.3 boards per game in the playoffs.

Wiggins had little time to adjust to the new role. The small-ball lineup Kerr featured in the opening round of the playoffs – which pairs Wiggins with Steph Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green – had never played together before the start of the playoffs as three of the four dealt Long-term injuries during the regular season.

For Wiggins, who only played in one playoff series in his career prior to this season, if the Warriors can win a championship, it’s all worth it.

“We all have to do our part. We have a lot of people that come into the game and can affect the game in different ways and everything is needed right now,” Wiggins said after Game 4. “Whatever anyone has to give, you don’t want to look back a couple of weeks from now And think I should have done that, I should have done that. You have to keep everything on the ground.”

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