Steph Curry was on fire in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, and there really is nothing you can do when that happens.
Curry made an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, going 9-for-17 on threes as part of a 33-point game. 16 of his points came in the fourth quarter, including this ridiculous shot.
This ain't even human pic.twitter.com/OObDLr6Yiy
— Born Salty (@cjzero) June 4, 2018
The Golden State Warriors star added seven rebounds and eight assists for good measure. Twitter had all sorts of plaudits for Curry.
Steph Curry got into it with Kendrick Perkins at the end of the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night in Oakland.
Curry attempted a shot in front of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench just before the quarter ended. He missed and then tripped over Kendrick Perkins, whose legs were extended. The two got face-to-face after that:
Steph Curry gets in Kendrick Perkins' face after Steph trips on Perk's legs on final shot of third quarter pic.twitter.com/ScS8FBFVRZ
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 4, 2018
Perkins was signed by the Cavs late in the season and has only played 15 minutes — in one game in April. He’s even just wearing a suit on the bench rather than a uniform. But between this and his incident with Draymond Green in Game 1, he’s managed to capture plenty of attention. That’s not even counting his beef with Drake too.
No shot is too far out of Stephen Curry’s range.
Curry nailed a 3-pointer from way downtown just before halftime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith gambled by going for a steal and was burned by Curry, who ended up with a wide open shot.
J.R. Smith with the world's dumbest gamble pic.twitter.com/oTmzA38nct
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) June 1, 2018
Instead of being down by three entering halftime, the shot from Curry tied the game at 56.
Curry shot 7-for-12 in the first half, good for 18 points. You have to wonder what Smith was thinking, which is a question frequently asked about him.
Stephen Curry doesn’t really give a hoot about a big perceived blemish on his NBA resume.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors star was asked if he was concerned about taking home the Finals MVP Award this year.
“It took to the second question of my first media availability [of the 2018 Finals], so I’m pretty sure that narrative’s going to take life, as it has since 2015,” said Curry, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. “But it doesn’t make or break my career or whatever you want to say looking back. If we win this championship and I don’t win Finals MVP, I’m going to be smiling just as wide and just as big.
“I’m going to play aggressively, confidently with that right energy and motivation to help my team win,” he continued. “And usually when I’m in that mindset, good things happen, whether that means it’s a Finals MVP or not, who cares, but I’m going to be playing like it for sure.”
Curry, the two-time regular season MVP, has two championships to his name but has yet to win a Finals MVP — Andre Iguodala won it during the Warriors’ title in 2015 and Kevin Durant took it home during their 2017 title.
If Curry never wins the award, many would see it as a knock on his legacy, particularly relative to other all-time greats. But the ring will always takes precedence over individual accolades, as Curry’s rival this series would agree.
Stephen Curry had to have known it was only a matter of time before he was asked a question about the situation involving Philadelphia 76ers general manger Bryan Colangelo, and it sounds like the Golden Warriors star may have rehearsed his response.
When ESPN’s Rachel Nichols asked Curry about Colangelo and his alleged burner Twitter accounts, Curry joked that he had a stern chat with his own GM about it.
Steph Curry on the Colangelo burner account situation: "I walked up to Bob Myers and told him I need to confiscate all his phones… Nah, you want to make sure the NBA is a safe place for everybody." https://t.co/0BrVxYTjZi
— Daily NBA Scoop (@dailynbascoop) May 31, 2018
Colangelo has already had shots fired at him by his own players, so he is probably getting used to the ridicule by now. Hopefully that’s the case, because it probably isn’t going to let up anytime soon.
For the fourth year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will meet in the NBA Finals. Unlike past years, it hasn’t been a cakewalk for either team, with the Cavaliers forced to win Game 7s against both the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, while the Warriors had to fight back from 3-2 down against the Houston Rockets.
The Warriors are heavily favored, owing to Cleveland’s thin roster and lack of support for LeBron James. Still, this series isn’t a slam dunk, and several players on each side will determine how it goes. Here are ten players who will determine the next NBA champions.
10) J.R. Smith, Cavaliers
Once such an important part of Cleveland’s 2016 title run, Smith’s influence has diminished a bit, though he still holds down a starting role. Nobody will mind in Cleveland if his defense is good; the Cavaliers will need him to be at his very best defending Golden State’s perimeter scorers such as Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson. He’s arguably their best option to defend that perimeter outside of James, and if he can knock down a few threes in the process, that’s even better.
Contrary to popular belief, Stephen Curry thinks that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA Finals berth this season was more than a one-man effort.
Speaking with reporters on Monday before Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors star responded to the notion that LeBron James had no help in bringing the Cavs to the Eastern Conference title.
“I hate when people say that,” he said, per 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. “They’re NBA players, and yeah they’re new and whatnot, and Bron’s amazing, he played an unbelievable playoff run to date and just willed his team to his eighth straight Finals. It’s unbelievable to think about the consistency and longevity and the level of greatness he has shown in the Eastern Conference.
“Shoutout to him, it was an amazing performance, but don’t disrespect the other guys out there,” Curry added. “They fought hard too.”
True, basketball is a team sport, and James still needed big performances from the likes of Jeff Green and JR Smith to topple the Celtics in a Game 7 on the road. But arguably no superstar has ever done more with less (as many would agree), so the answer here probably lies somewhere in between.