Do Curry and Green have the Warriors looking playoff ready?
Golden State's two captains are righting the ship as the regular season comes to a close; will they push the Dubs even higher up the standings?
Tonight the Golden State Warriors have the second half of their back-to-back on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but first we gotta take a look back at the havoc they unleashed in their 147-109 victory over the tanking Oklahoma City Thunder.
Stephen Curry is TOO HOT TO HANDLE
This might just be the best version of Curry we’ve ever seen, folks. He poured in 42 points in 29 minutes on 14-of-20 shooting (11-of-16 from 3PT range!!!). This was the second highest scoring game in his career for so few minutes played (he scored 43 in 29 minutes against the Clippers in 2017).
Did you know that since 1962 there’s been 41 times that a player scored 40+ in 30 or less minutes? Curry has 4 of them, tying him for the most such games. Funny enough, the guy he’s tied with is his own teammate Klay Thompson! Golden State has two guys who get microwave hot (in Thompson’s case that’s toaster hot) at a rate we’ve never seen in NBA history.
But since Curry is the only Splash Bro who can play this season, what he’s doing is all the more ridiculous. He also slathered on 8 assists and 6 rebounds to the box score, a dominant and efficient performance that helped to end this game basically by halftime.
Curry’s performances are so dominant this season that we might have to put him in the MVP race despite his team’s very meh record.
Draymond Green is looking playoff ready
Of course if Curry’s rolling, there’s a very high chance his running mate Green got involved. Green did some quick damage to OKC as well: 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 16 assists in 30 minutes. Golden State’s crafty floor general had the Warriors popping on offense like grease on a hot skillet. His teammates were flying around the court, screening for each other, cutting at beautiful angles, knowing that if they were open Green would find them on-time with a beautiful pass.
Green is averaging 10 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and just under 3 steals for the month of April.
Last night, he became the third player since 1984 to tally a 16-assist triple-double in 30 minutes or less. He also added 3 steals and 2 blocks, helping a stifling Warriors defensive effort that kept the Thunder’s band of young rapscallions in check.
Warriors continue taking out the trash
The Dubs love playing bad teams: they’re now 16-6 against teams below .500. This version of OKC looks like a bunch of generic NBA 2K characters that the game generates as draft picks during the 10th year of My GM mode.
So it was a great opportunity for the Warriors stars to go for the kill early and allow for their younger role players to feast on the scraps that remained.
The Dubs tallied 39 assists on 52 field goals. #sharingiscaring
50 point third quarter is highest scoring quarter in NBA this season, per the broadcast team.
Tied franchise record for made threes in a game with 24. 24-47 (51%!) from beyond the arc.
Jordan Poole had 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting and 4 assists but needs to clean up the 5 turnovers he had off the bench.
Juan Toscano-Anderson continues to have an impact beyond the box score, with pestering defense and heady passing contributing to a pretty +17 plus/minus. He’s going to get under somebody’s skin and force double technicals in a play-in game, I guarantee it.
Speaking of defensive chops, how about Gary Payton II? 9 minutes, 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting, and 4 steals!! Is he already more impactful than the departed Brad Wanamaker?
What a beatdown. The Dubs will look for their fourth straight win of the season tonight against the Cavaliers.
If they keep this hot streak up, we’ll have to check the standings and see just how high these guys can get…which is also probably what you’re wondering when you read some of the zany stuff we write here at LGW.
We’ll have coverage on the Cavs game later in the day, so stay tuned!