The Memphis Grizzlies were sunk after that and lost 100-84 to the Warriors as once again, Curry torched them from way downtown at the third quarter buzzer.
“It’s deflating for them in that it’s an ugly game, real physical and congested the whole team, and we were able to open it up with an 11-point lead.
“We’d like to have something to show for how well we were playing.”
The sequence that led to the shot shows why Curry has established himself as the frontrunner for MVP again. Yes, he’s shooting crazy shots and making them. But he also has a well-rounded game, as he collected one of his five steals to set up the shot.
The last time Curry was in the building, he threw up a 62-footer that also went in at the buzzer and killed any momentum the Grizzlies had. The Warriors went on to close them out in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.
“He has a knack for doing that in this building,” Klay Thompson said.
Stephen Curry was doing what Stephen Curry does in the Warriors’ preseason opener Monday night.
Curry is already in postseason form, as evidenced by this incredible play during the world champions’ 95-87 victory over Toronto. (The “world champions” part is fun to get used to, eh?)
Curry’s dazzling play begin with his behind-the-back pass to Klay Thompson, who dished inside to Draymond Green, who re-directed the ball to Curry in the corner. The reigning MVP cooly launches a 3-pointer and, while the ball is still in the air, Curry does a Larry Bird-esque celebration and reaches out to high-five teammate Andre Iguodala on the bench. A split second later, the ball lands where everyone figured it would — in the bottom of the net.
Stephen Curry definitely got wind of comments made by Ty Lawson, the former Denver Nuggets point guard now with the Houston Rockets, about why the NBA MVP was so successful in the playoffs last year.
Lawson told Yahoo Sports earlier this week, “Steph Curry needed someone to go back at him. I thought Steph was just chillin’ on defense – and then going crazy on offense. He looked like he was just putting shots up and not working so much on the defensive end … he wasn’t really working at the other end.”
Curry just shook his head and smiled when asked about it Saturday.
“It’s funny,” he said. “That’s all I’ve got to say. It’s funny.”
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) exchange some words in low tone toward the end of the fourth quarter of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Warriors 112-94. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
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