For Stephen Curry And The Golden State Warriors, Impossible Is Nothing
If you’ve been watching the NBA champions in action, you’d concur that there are moments when you sit open-mouthed with astonishment, pondering whether anything is impossible for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.Advertisement
Besides their excellence at both ends of the floor, the most amazing thing about the Warriors is their ability to wipe off huge fourth quarter deficits. In last year’s playoffs Game 3 against New Orleans Pelicans, the Warriors erased a 20-point fourth quarter deficit, forced the game into overtime, and emerged victorious. Needless to say, no team had ever accomplished such a feat.
Last night, going up against a strong Los Angeles Clippers outfit, Warriors gave up a 69-42 run between the third and fourth quarters, trailed Chris Paul’s team by 10 points with 7:48 remaining in the fourth. At the stage, it looked like Clippers had the game wrapped up. But Harrison Barnes scored 10 straight points in less than 90 seconds, Curry followed up with flurry of late threes, including a few 30-foot jumpers (watch video below) as the Warriors once again reminded the NBA why they are the top dogs.
For Curry, it has become ever so simple to pull up from anywhere between 25 and 30 feet and make a mockery of opposition defenses. And since his teammates set such efficient screens, it has become impossible to guard the reigning MVP.
Curry and his squad are operating on another level now. They are outscoring opponents over 20 points per 100 possessions. Earlier this week, they squashed Memphis Grizzlies – widely regarded as one of the best defensive teams in the league – by 50 points. That’s right, 50 points.
Curry is averaging 35.8 points at 52 percent from deep and 58 overall. Curry’s aggregate of 179 points from five games is the greatest start to an NBA season since Michael Jordan in 1991.
If the Dubs keep this up, you wonder if an all-time best season record of 74-8 is possible. Remember, they achieved a 67-15 record last year despite resting Curry and Klay Thompson for a few games.
One thing is certain. All those who pronounced the Warriors “lucky” to win at all last year are awfully quiet right now.