At 35 years previous and with quite a few particular person information behind him, Stephen Curry nonetheless had issues left to do within the NBA. For instance, changing into the primary participant in historical past to attain 50 factors in Sport 7 of a playoff collection. He crossed that off his checklist on the finish of a historic recreation in opposition to the Sacramento Kings (100-120) that despatched the Golden State Warriors, the champions, into the second spherical, the place they are going to now face the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I am going to at all times bear in mind it as Steph Curry‘s recreation now,” Klay Thompson stated.
“There is a motive he is a two-time MVP and Finals MVP: he takes us excessive at occasions like that. When he is in a trance like that, you attempt to put him within the good spots, give him the ball and get out of the best way,” stated his teammate, who poured in 30 factors in a sensational second half, his most after halftime of a Sport 7 for the reason that 96-97 season.
Curry took an NBA career-high 38 photographs, scoring 20 of these on 7/18 three-pointers. However he additionally scored 22 factors within the paint, one other private finest. How do you defend somebody who’s going to pound you inside and outside? He’s the primary participant in Warriors historical past with greater than 40 factors in a seventh recreation, he’s, together with Karl Malone, the participant who has reached 50 factors in a playoff recreation after his thirty fifth birthday, he completed with just one turnover and from his palms, between factors and assists (six), 66 of his group’s 120 factors got here from his palms.
“To see Steph with that complete domination? I am a basketball fan, and as a basketball fan, you’ll be able to respect that. However as his teammate, that is the man you wish to go to warfare with. Surely,” Draymond Inexperienced said.
“You take a look at all of the issues we have been by as a group, successful the fifth in Sacramento, going dwelling and screwing up, coming again right here and doing all the pieces even higher…. That claims loads.”
“He is Steph Curry. He is that good,” Steph Kerr summed up. “His strategy in these video games is he will drop photographs. He shot 18 three-pointers and solely had one turnover. As a result of he had area, he was capable of assault and be actually aggressive.”
“On the finish of the day, it is simply enjoying basketball,” Curry stated, with the naturalness of somebody who’s used to performing heroics.
By no means write off the Warriors
As a result of it is price remembering that the Warriors have certified after beginning the playoffs with losses within the first few video games and after seeing Harrison Barnes miss a three-pointer in Sport 4 that will have put them at a really tough-to-overturn 3-1. However the Warriors ought to by no means be left for useless even when their playoff collection begins poorly.
They’re now 1-9 when down 2-0 in best-of-seven-game playoffs.
“We’re defying the chances by persevering with to play at such a excessive stage. All people needs to see you fail. That is the place we at the moment are. We like it after we nonetheless show lots of people incorrect. It is a part of our motivation now,” Curry stated. They’re already ready for the Lakers.