Warriors’ Steph Curry draws comparison to Mike Tyson amid scorching stretch: ‘Teams are terrified of him’
For anyone wondering if 33-year-old Stephen Curry will return to form after missing most of the 2019-20 NBA season with a broken hand, the Warriors point guard has repeatedly proven the answer to be a ‘yes Resounding. The NBA’s top scorer, averaging 31.4 points per game, has been on a scorching streak for most of the past month. And despite the Warriors’ poor record, he placed them well to make a run in the NBA play-in tournament.
Curry had another top performance on Monday against the Pelicans, in which he scored 41 points on 53.8% shots from the field. It was his ninth game of the season in which he had scored at least 40 points and increased his scoring average since the start of April to 37.1 points per game. After the game against the Pelicans, Curry’s teammates expressed disbelief at the incredible effort of their star player.
“Every time you walk on the floor with Steph Curry, there is an advantage there,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green, per. ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “So teams are terrified of him – and wherever he runs on the floor, with or without the ball, teams are terrified. That kind of gravity, he pulls a lot of weight.”
“I wouldn’t want to see a team with Steph Curry. We all know what he’s capable of. The guy can pick up a game and make it tough for any team in the NBA any night.”
Green certainly has a point, and on nights when Curry has scored over 40 points, the Warriors are 7-2. On the two nights the Warriors didn’t win in those scenarios, it took superhuman effort from Jayson Tatum (44 points) and a 42-point game from Luka Doncic for Golden State to lose. In essence, if Curry exceeds 40, the Warriors are likely to win. If they don’t, it’s probably because another superstar did just enough to put his team on top (the losses were six points combined).
Indeed, Curry’s score can be a punch, and that’s why one member of the Warriors compared Curry to legendary boxer Mike Tyson participating in a street fight.
“If you get into a street fight and have Mike Tyson by your side, how are you going to feel?” Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson said. “That’s the best analogy I can give you. He’s right – he’s different, man. So I know if I get involved in things I’m looking for him; he’s going to make something happen more often than not. . Defense is just a magnet; defense gravitates right towards him, so it opens up a lot. “
It’s clear that Curry’s impact on the Warriors has been enormous. In eight games without him this year, the Warriors are 1-7. They were just 14-46 last season in the 60 games Curry missed, so their combined winning percentage without him is 0.221. On a full season without Curry, it would be worse than any team in the NBA, just as their .231 winning percentage was the worst of the 2019-20 season.
What Curry has done this year has been nothing short of remarkable. He took the Warriors from the basement of the league to the eighth seed in the Western Conference with a 33-32 record. He practically had to lead the team with Klay Thompson and second overall pick James Wiseman. He deserves a lot of credit for the team’s position, even though it is in the middle of the pack.
If Curry stays hot during the NBA play-in tournament, he could take the Warriors to the first round of the NBA playoffs. Whatever potential opponent they face, they’ll need to focus on slowing Curry down.
But as we have seen this season, it will not be an easy task.