SAN FRANCISCO – The Warriors’ locker room hardly equals the milestone murmur. While Steph Curry knows what’s possible on Wednesday, what everyone else knows is soon inevitable.
“Anything is possible,” said Curry, slyly, after firing seven more 3-pointers, within striking distance—or at least sniffing distance—of Ray Allen’s all-time record, bringing his career total to 2,958. extended to “What is it, 15?”
he is right. It’s hard to ignore, with the countdown flashing on the scoreboard after every third.
Wednesday’s defeat against the Portland Trail Blazers – the league’s worst defense so far this season – takes on added significance, though it also means Curry’s last chance to eclipse the record in front of the home crowd of all. Not more likely. He could snatch the all-time 3-point record from Allen and the single-game mark from Klay Thompson that same night.
In addition to guaranteeing Curry would reach the home-away mark, he would have to do the latter, in order to meet the former before the Warriors hit the road for five games. Thompson set a record 3-pointers in singles games with 14 against the Chicago Bulls October 29, 2018; Curry is 15 away from Allen’s record, 16 from grabbing the only right on the leaderboard.
“It’s weird, because I know what it means with Kel’s record and all that,” Curry said. “So, we’ll see.”
The last time the Blazers came to the chase center on November 26, Curry scored six 3-pointers and scored 32 points in a comfortable win. The former visit to Portland, almost a year from now, marked Curry’s career high as he put in 62 – including 24 points for eight 3s.
Last season, after joining 11 triples against the Thunder, Curry said he thought Thompson’s record was “achievable”. In both cases, he said, the result was that the hot shooter did not play in the fourth quarter.
Remember, before Thompson’s spectacular night, Curry was the single-game record holder with 13 in the November 2016 game against New Orleans, breaking the record – 12 – that he had previously held with Kobe Bryant and Daniel Marshall. How about 11? He has done this 10 times, including four last season.
Curry’s comments on reclaiming the record from Thompson came in the middle of a heated streak in the second half of last season that helped Curry clinch the title scoring 32 points per game. He is down this season with a scoring average of 27.7, but he is taking (13.2) while maintaining his career average of 6.5 assists per game and making the most 3-pointers (5.5) of his career.
“He’s got the greatest combination of humility and arrogance I’ve ever seen. It’s a beautiful, perfect combination for a star athlete,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “The arrogance of knowing he’s the best on the floor The player and the humility that makes everyone around him, he has in his team. It’s an amazing combination.”
It’s this same mindset that – along with his unique form – attracted Curry to shooting comfortably from far away from the three-point line, allowing a more open look and ultimately changing the geography of the game on hardwoods. Gave.
Oakland native Damien Lillard and Wednesday night’s opposing point guard with the Portland Trailblazers have similarly adopted the super-long ball to a remarkable degree. He is often cast as a loyal leader and aggressive dynamo in comparison to Curry.
Lately, he has taken the best out of curry. Lillard and the Blazers last came at Chase Center on November 26, with Curry scoring six 3-pointers and 32 points in a comfortable win. The former visit to Portland, almost a year from now, yielded Curry’s career-high marks as he put in 62 – including 24 points on eight 3s.
Curry acknowledged that the record is hard to ignore, but added that he is not actively counting. As the milestone draws closer, teammates say it is not a matter of discussion.
“He hits a lot of 3’s in every game, so we see low number counters on the screen,” Kevon Looney said. “It’s not really something we’ve talked about yet, but when it comes to the sport where it happens, I think it’s going to be a special sport that we talk about. ”
Added Juan Toscano-Anderson: “He never talks about himself. He never makes a position about himself. …He is the epitome of a great leader. He is not phased by high or low. He is positive But he never gets too excited.”
It will be the greatest performance of all by a showman in a generation, for the record that fell on Wednesday.
Get your tickets now, says Looney.
“I always tell people, going to see Steph is the best show on earth right now,” Looney said. “He’s an entertainer when he’s out there. He has complete command of the team and the crowd when he lets them. … He’s taken us on a crazy ride as his teammates, so I’m a fan of him.” Excited and excited to be a part of it.”
As far as accessing Curry’s record, the big man had made a prediction.
“It’s probably going to help Drummond,” he said.