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Steph Curry put on the show of a lifetime at NBA All Star 2022
He still owns Cleveland.
If I had to put a Stephen Curry game into a time capsule to show to my grandkids how great he was, All-Star 2022 may just be the choice. On a night where the NBA honored it’s greatest stars ever both current and from yesteryear, Curry shined brightest. He led Team LeBron to a 163-160 victory over Team Durant in a performance that set the standard for long-range shooting theatrics.
His spectacular night started off with the high-octane fuel of disrespect when the bitterly cold city of Cleveland booed both he and his fellow All-Star teammate Draymond Green. What these two men did to the LeBron James-era Cavaliers still has the city shellshocked; who knew losing 3 outta 4 NBA Finals to one team could hurt so much? #3-1
Did you hear the deep rumbling boos mixed with a cascade of piercing high-pitched screams? That’s what greatness on the road sounds like. That’s what breaking hearts for years sounds like. I thank the good Lord for letting the Bay have a player so dominant that he elicits that reaction from tens of thousands of people at the same time bahahah.
At halftime he was officially introduced amongst the top-75 players in NBA history. While the list has some curious omissions (Dwight Howard chief among them IMHO, with Green and Klay Thompson’s absences also head scratchers) there’s no denying the honor it is for any hooper.
Curry even got an affectionate headrub from his dad’s boss and fellow top-75 member Michael Jordan.
And then of course there was the game itself to be played, and Curry made sure he did just that. 50 points on 17-of-30 shooting, 16-of-27 (!) from beyond the arc, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! In the building against the best players of today, with the best players of yesterday in attendance, he proved he’s the most unique monster in the history of the game. Not a single hooper in the building past or present could replicate what Curry pulled off last night.
And for those who want to mention Trae Young, who Reggie Miller referred to as the “heir apparent” to Curry’s shooting throne, the Unanimous MVP showed there are levels to it by incinerating Young with soul destroying bombs.
HE DID NOT STARE THAT MAN DOWN WITH THE BALL STILL ON ITS FLIGHT TRAJECTORY!!!! GET OUTTA HERE!
I can’t even take it. Let’s roll the tape of the full onslaught, a domination so thorough that even the ornery Cleveland fans melted into vociferous appreciation:
Man, what a show. The Warriors are truly blessed to have him and to have been the only franchise he’s ever played for. He’s an unselfish guy and always looks to make his teammates better; it was nice to see him have a night where he could just flamethrow and show off his individual superpowers.
And most importantly it came in a win! LeBron hit the game-winning fadeaway to ensure that Curry’s heavy lifting wasn’t in vain, and after the game he showed much love to his fellow kid from Akron.
Yes LeBron, he is indeed from a different planet. Planet Splash, where all his enemies go to have their dreams drowned under the icy cold waves. Can’t wait for the season to start back up, but in the meantime let’s take a second to appreciate Curry’s FIRST EVER ALL-STAR GAME MVP!!!!