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 stated Curry was “breathtaking.” After Friday evening’s 106-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kerr used “spectacular.”
Curry scored 40 factors towards the Cavs, together with 18 within the fourth quarter, marking the sixth time he has scored at the least 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 stated on his quite a few late-game takeovers. “Clearly, photographs must fall, nevertheless it’s about having aggressive assaults off of pick-and-roll, getting different guys concerned, attending to the paint and ending, popping out taking pictures. A number of confidence carried over from our playoff run final 12 months. It is understanding the steadiness of playmaking and scoring.”
Curry has now scored at the least 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 is simply wonderful evening after evening,” Kerr stated. “Given the circumstances with our crew form of in a rut, making an attempt to dig our approach out of a gap, he is simply been spectacular. He is by no means been higher, I can say that.”
For Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced, what has stood out essentially the most by way of Curry’s scorching begin are the reads he’s making.
Inexperienced identified one play down the stretch Friday evening 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 advised 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’s setting all of these items up,” Inexperienced stated. “We now have seen [Curry do this] for years, however I feel it is how he’s doing it and the way he’s placing guys within the spots that he needs them in, that is what I am impressed with. The expansion there’s completely wonderful.
“To note all of these issues and really get to the precise shot that you just need to get to after which making it’s a complete totally different factor … to truly set that up after which go ship could be very spectacular.”
The Warriors (5-7) have counted on Curry to ship these sorts of moments and performances all season. He has undoubtedly been carrying a heavier load to assist his crew discover any form of success thus far this 12 months.
However because it stands, the Warriors aren’t involved 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,” Inexperienced stated. “No have to panic or get weary now. However I feel guys are beginning to discover their rhythm and it will all come collectively. It is a course of.”
Curry obtained assist Friday evening from Andrew Wiggins, who completed with 20 factors; Jordan Poole, who after struggling to start out the 12 months scored 18 factors; and two-way participant Anthony Lamb, who added 10.
Kerr says that Curry’s health and power are the areas the place he has seen essentially the most development throughout his 9 years in Golden State.
Curry does not contemplate this to be the perfect he has felt to start out a season however stated it is extra about sustaining the rhythm he had towards the top of final 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 may will your approach into large video games like that to assist us get some strong momentum,” Curry stated. “We’ll see how lengthy it lasts.”