Most Pinoys don’t exactly have the ideal height for basketball—no wonder many love the three-point shot. We also like rooting for the small guy, so it's no wonder many of us love Steph Curry who is not exactly small but is easily the shortest in any room filled with NBA players. What he lacks in centimeters, however, he makes up for in scores.
Curry has been the beating heart of the Golden State Warriors, at least when talk comes down to the team’s most recent games. Not a few have noted he’s been on full steam ahead for the first time in a long time.
His team, Golden State Warriors, has a rich franchise history under its belt. Noteworthy elite players include Sleepy Floyd, Ricky Barry, Chris Mullin and Wilt Chamberlain. More recently, there are Antawn Jamison, Jason Richardson, and Latrell Sprewell. And then there’s Klay Thompson and, of course, Steph Curry.
The player seems set on another MVP type season. He is leading the NBA in three pointers with 140 shots beyond the arc to date, with only Zach Lavine and Joe Harris shooting a little better. If you look at the stats, he is averaging 34.6 points this year and made five or more three-pointers in all but three games. He is the first guard since Michael Jordan in 1995 to score 25+ in 10 games on 50% from the hardwood.
It’s important to note how good Curry has been playing in his last 12 games. He scored 386 points, 62 rebounds, 73 assists, with 71 three pointers—that's an average of 32.16 per game, 5.1 rebounds, and 6 assists with almost 5.9 three pointers per game. And he is playing the guard position.
Curry double-doubled in the team’s comeback win over the Miami Heat with 25 points, 8-of-25 shooting from the field, 4-of-4 from the free throw, 11 assists, seven rebounds, five triples, two steals, and three turnovers in 42 minutes of play.
In their recent win over Miami Heat, the Golden State Warriors focused to get three games above .500 for the first time this season. They are coming from a blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers where Curry led the way with 36 points and 6 assists.
Many fans thought that when GSW’s Dray was out on a sore ankle, Curry needed to score 40 for the Dubs to win. Instead, he had a horrible shooting night but still managed to beat Miami in overtime with the help of key Golden State players like Kent Bazemore with 26 points, and Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. scoring 23 points each.
“Just a great comeback. Baze was fantastic, as was Eric (Paschall). The Jayhawks were great tonight, Kelly (Oubre) and Andrew (Wiggins) both had big nights, hit big shots,” Steve Kerr said in an interview. “The last few minutes of the fourth we were just scrambling out there. I thought Baze really led the charge, he really made some huge plays for us, kept us in it … really an amazing team win, and a lot of fun.”
Although he struggled all game long, Curry had the go-ahead three with 1.15 seconds left in the extra period, and the killer three with 15.9 seconds left in the game.
The Miami Heat punished Curry on defense with 25 points with 8-25 shooting but the team compensated with their leader struggling. The team's veteran player kept the team alive all throughout.
Curry still has that big fire on his belly to win and get back to the promised land if the past dozen games are any indication. Things are certainly looking good for them to reach the playoffs. Golden State can make a nice run with the team in beast mode and Curry's scorching hand. Who knows how far it will take them.