Ten games into the new NBA season and it looks like defending champions, Golden State Warriors, have moved up a notch. Their point guard, Stephen Curry, moved up two notches.
At 10-0, the Warriors are on their best starting record to a season in their franchise history. The 1960/61 team held the record at 9-0 but Curry has lifted his team above that.
In the 10 games, the Warriors have scored 1148 points – an average of 115 points/game while Curry, who scored 46 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Centre on Thursday night is averaging 33.3 points per game and 44% accuracy from three-point shooting. And the Warriors also scored 75 points in the first half – the most by any team this season.
The frightening aspect of his game is that now he is shooting from deeper positions, making it almost impossible to guard his approach to the basket.
Curry leads the NBA with 124 points on pull-up shots, 41 more than anybody else, and he is making over 40% of these shots.
At 6-foot-3, Curry is almost invisible with his movement and ball-handling while his passing range is exquisite.
Timberwolves’ manager, Sam Mitchell, explained the dilemma that most opponents are going through at the moment, “You commit so much effort to try and slow Steph Curry down and he still scores 46 points.
“You sit there and wonder, if you don’t do those things and you just try to play him conventionally, he might get 60.”
Eurosport reported that It was the fourth time this season Curry scored at least 20 points in a single quarter and his third 40-point game. He shot 15-for-25 on the night, including 8-for-13 from 3-point range.
Warriors interim coach Luke Walton added cheekily that Curry “was decenttonight. He was okay,” Walton finished with a smile. If this is just decent, then the other teams should just get together and hand over the titles to Curry and the Warriors.