SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has run out of phrases to explain the play of Stephen Curry to start out the season. Earlier this week, he mentioned Curry was “breathtaking.” After Friday night time’s 106-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kerr used “spectacular.”
Curry scored 40 factors in opposition to the Cavs, together with 18 within the fourth quarter, marking the sixth time he has scored a minimum of 10 factors within the fourth this season. Curry shot 15-of-23 from the sphere, together with 6-of-11 on 3-pointers.
“I classify it as being aggressive,” Curry mentioned on his quite a few late-game takeovers. “Obviously, shots have to fall, but it’s about having aggressive attacks off of pick-and-roll, getting other guys involved, getting to the paint and finishing, coming out shooting. A lot of confidence carried over from our playoff run last year. It’s understanding the balance of playmaking and scoring.”
Curry has now scored a minimum of 30 factors in 9 of his 11 video games. At 34, he’s additionally the oldest participant with consecutive 40-point video games since Michael Jordan in 2002.
“He’s just amazing night after night,” Kerr mentioned. “Given the circumstances with our team kind of in a rut, trying to dig our way out of a hole, he’s just been spectacular. He’s never been better, I can say that.”
For Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced, what has stood out probably the most via Curry’s scorching begin are the reads he’s making.
Inexperienced identified one play down the stretch Friday night time the place Curry heard Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff inform his bigs to remain within the paint. Curry came visiting to the Warriors’ bench and instructed his teammates to face out so he may pull the ball nearer to half courtroom.
The next play resulted in Kevon Looney setting a display screen on Jarrett Allen, liberating up Curry for a 3-pointer.
“He is setting all of this stuff up,” Inexperienced mentioned. “We have seen [Curry do this] for years, but I think it’s how he is doing it and how he is putting guys in the spots that he wants them in, that’s what I’m impressed with. The growth there is absolutely amazing.
“To note all of these issues and really get to the precise shot that you simply need to get to after which making it’s a entire totally different factor … to really set that up after which go ship may be very spectacular.”
The Warriors (5-7) have counted on Curry to deliver these kinds of moments and performances all season. He has undoubtedly been carrying a heavier load to help his team find any kind of success so far this year.
But as it stands, the Warriors aren’t concerned about Curry’s stamina or workload.
“On the finish of the day, Steph goes to hold the vast majority of the load offensively. That is simply who he’s and what he does,” Green said. “No have to panic or get weary now. However I believe guys are beginning to discover their rhythm and it will all come collectively. It is a course of.”
Curry got help Friday night from Andrew Wiggins, who finished with 20 points; Jordan Poole, who after struggling to start the year scored 18 points; and two-way player Anthony Lamb, who added 10.
Kerr says that Curry’s fitness and strength are the areas where he has seen the most growth during his nine years in Golden State.
Curry doesn’t consider this to be the best he has felt to start a season but said it’s more about maintaining the rhythm he had toward the end of last season and carrying it over to now.
“Contemplating our struggles early and the way we’re making an attempt to recover from the hump as a crew, it is good to know you possibly can will your method into huge video games like that to assist us get some strong momentum,” Curry said. “We’ll see how lengthy it lasts.”