All eyes on Steph Curry in loss to 76ers as 3PT- record looms
Curry's rough shooting stretch is the talk of the town
The Golden State Warriors lost 102-93 to the Philadelphia 76ers, a game that I’ll remember most for the way Stephen Curry (mis)fired repeatedly at Philly’s athletic and intelligent defense. Let’s give a shout out to that defensive effort, because they forced the Warriors' leading scorer to really work for his points.
Curry’s stats: 18 points, 6-of-20 from the field, 9 rebounds, 5 assists. Mattisse Thybulle had a lot to do with that.
Daaaaamn, that dude was on Curry like white on rice. Tyrese Maxey was another athletic defender Philly threw at Curry to keep him from getting easy looks. But to my amusement, Curry was firing away like their defense meant nothing to him psychologically.
This is the type of game that is annoying because of the defeat, but hella enjoyable if you’re into a legend testing his shotmaking ability over dangerous defenders. We’ve seen Curry win games like this with incredible long range flurries; there will be times when the bombs don’t fall and the team loses. It’s a part of the Curry experience, especially when the team’s shorthanded and the bench isn’t hot.
Obviously I’d like a W, but for sheer entertainment I loved the audacity of his offensive approach in the face of elite defense. Please feel free to chastise me for my snickering appreciation of NBA 2K style spray-and-pray shooting.
Okay it’s clear that the NBA has banded together to ensure that Curry doesn’t break Ray Allen’s all-time 3PT record. The aggressive defense he’s been seeing since he got into arms length of the hallowed mark has been NBA Finals level.
Funnily enough, as Curry closes in on the all-time 3PT shooting record, people are complaining about him not playing spectacularly in recent games. The audacity!