The MVP of the night | Stephen Curry while drumming
There is no time for the Warriors to lose their title defense! This Saturday morning, the NBA champions are 7th in their conference, and while the teams are standing on some victories, the teammates of Stephen Curry is very close to 4th place, held by the Pelicans in freefall (6-game losing streak). Stephen Curry showed his teammates the way tonight against the Raptors.
Facing a towering defense to stop 3-point shots, the All-Star point guard just took what the defense gave him, and he first beat the “box” of Fred VanVleet.
The Raptors point guard sticks to him, without worrying about the ball. The Warriors had a good idea to serve Stephen Curry behind him, and the leader of Golden State stood up with two easy baskets. Author of great assists for Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, Stephen Curry actually waited six minutes before registering his first 3-pointer, and he kept the Warriors alive with 13 points in the first quarter, including five lay-ups!
“It’s because of their way of defending, and it took me years” confirmed Stephen Curry in a press conference. “They have athletes with long arms and they try to take advantage of them. In front of it, the goal is to penetrate, to find unmarked players, or even go to the circle to finish. You have to try to take advantage of it, especially that’s against a defense that moves all the time. I was countered once, but it offered a lot of opportunities. I thought we played smart basketball against this type of defense. »
The sequel will have the same barrel with only baskets in traffic, and the ability to attract the defense also allows it to deliver caviar. At the break, Golden State was ahead. Back from the locker room, the same scenario and Stephen Curry followed a complicated lay-up and pass for Kevon Looney. And as soon as the defense leaves him a little space from far away, he gives the sanction to 3-point! It’s very clean, and we notice its rebound activity.
The amount of 3-pointers down
Finally, we’ll have to wait until the last quarter to see a “Curryesque” basket. The 3-pointer from 9 yards that sets the room on fire. The Raptors couldn’t recover, and by just taking what the defense gave him, he signed off on a game as clean as this one: 35 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds on 13 of 21 shooting, including 4 of 8 from 3-pointers.
It’s now three games that Stephen Curry has taken just eight 3-point shots, while he’s averaging 12 all season. His 11 assists added to the Warriors’ total: 40, their season high.
“It wasn’t what we planned, but when you get the ball and you cut the circle, that’s what happens” explained Steve Kerr about the 62 points recorded in the racket and 40 assists. “Especially when they are under pressure. Toronto is not a great blocking team, but it is an interceptor team and they bring loose balls. If you execute the systems properly, there are openings in the racket. »