We all know how special Steph Curry has become. He has changed the way the game is being played, and it seems like he’s just toying with the rest of the league.
This past week, though, took Curry from one of the best players in the league to THE top player in the game.
It started Wednesday night in Miami. With the Heat up two with 1:06 left in the game, Curry pulled up from 28 feet and drained a three to give the Warriors a one-point lead.
That wasn’t enough, though, for the reigning MVP. Miami re-gained a one-point lead after two Dwyane Wade free throws. Golden State came back down, and Draymond Green got his three-point shot blocked by Hassan Whiteside. Green corralled the ball back, fed it to Curry, who then buried a 26-foot three over the seven-foot Whiteside, giving the Warriors the final lead of the game with 39 seconds left. Curry finished with 42 in what was the best game of the week in the NBA.
That is, until Saturday night.
The Golden State-Oklahoma City rematch was one of the more anticipated games of the season after their overtime game played in Oakland three weeks ago. All the stars came out: Kevin Durant scored 37, Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 32. The night, once again, though, was Steph Curry’s.
With the Thunder up 96-85 with four minutes left in the game, Curry took over. He scored eight points down the stretch, and two free throws from Andre Iguodala put in two free throws with 0.7 seconds left to send the game to overtime. If the Warriors lose now, you can’t even be mad at them. It was a great comeback, but surely they’re exhausted from coming back and the Thunder are going to win this is overtime.
But Steph Curry wouldn’t let it happen.
The two teams traded baskets the entire overtime, ultimately leaving the Thunder up three with 33 seconds left. Coming out of a timeout, Thompson converted an old-fashioned three-point play, tying the game at 118. Westbrook then missed a shot for OKC, and Steph Curry got the ball.
And then….it happened.
As soon as he lifted up to shoot, you knew it was going in. Every person in every sports bar watching that game across the country knew that was going in. Every player on the court and on the bench knew that was going in. Anyone with a pulse watching that game just knew that ball was going in.
And it did. And it was incredible.
To pull up from 32 feet, on the road, and bury a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to win the best game of the NBA season can only be described in two words: Cold. Blooded.
That three-pointer gave Curry 12 in the game, tying the single-game NBA record. It also gave him 288 threes on the season, breaking his own NBA record with 24 games left in the season. It’s reasonable to think that Curry is on his way to 400 three-pointers this season.
It’s night like Saturday which make you think that the Warriors are going to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72-10. They had no right being in that game when they went down 11 with four minutes to go. The quick-strike offense of the Warriors, though, keeps them in every game they play, and they used that offense to pull a shocker in OKC Saturday.
This blog isn’t about the Warriors, though. It’s about Steph Curry. I have been on this planet for 21 years, so I don’t really remember seeing Michael Jordan in his prime. I have seen some all-time great seasons from Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, and their seven combined titles speak to that.
But, without question, this is the greatest season I’ve ever seen anyone play. I can throw all the stats at you that you already know, and they’re all there. However, there’s something to be said about the “eye test” with Curry. He’s become must-see TV. I, like many others, was glued to my television Saturday night. I’ve never been glued to my television like that when LeBron or Kobe plays. I’ll be watching, but not with the amount of attention I paid to it like I did Saturday night.
What we’re all witnessing right now is one of the more special seasons in NBA history. It just seems effortless for Curry, and he is revolutionizing the game in ways that we never thought possible. He’s debunking the thought that you need big players to win a championship, and he’s doing it with a style and swagger that nobody has ever seen before.
This is Steph Curry’s world, and we should be thankful that he’s letting us live in it.
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