SAN FRANCISCO – Golden State Warriors Observatory Stephen Curry has won two MVPs and three NBA championships, but those who have watched him closely for years believe he will continue to play the best basketball of his life in a year when his team struggles to hold onto a place in the western conference .
The latest example came on Tuesday evening 122-121 win from behind above that Milwaukee Bucks in which Curry lost 41 points and carried his fighting team – losers of seven of the last eight – across the finish line.
“I thought it was just phenomenal,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “I mean, Jrue HolidayHe’s one of the best defenders in the league, and I thought Jrue did a great job at Steph all night, just putting pressure on him with his strength and physicality. And Steph still goes out and gets 41. Pretty impressive game. Amazing.”
Curry shot 14:21 off the field, grabbed six rebounds, distributed four assists and played 38 minutes – in the fourth quarter at 8:09 a.m., a few minutes earlier than usual.
“He plays with a lot of confidence,” said Kerr. “But it’s hard to say more than ever because he’s always, since the day I was here, I’ve never seen him how he doesn’t play with confidence. I think the greatest thing for me is him, too watching is that he just looks stronger, physically stronger than ever … I just think his body, his mind, everything is, it has really peaked this season.
“It just feels like his level of awareness, his understanding of the defenses he sees combined with the physical strength that allows him to come through a man like Jrue Holiday tonight, or Brook Lopez On the edge, its strength is really impressive. “
It was an assessment Curry agreed with.
“Absolutely,” said Curry. “I’m just trying to keep moving forward and find ways to get better. That’s the confidence and the mentality. And this has been a frustrating season overall, just with the disagreements and what is our record, but going through it all and.. accepting that challenge has honestly spawned a new love for the game. “
Noah Graham / NBAE via Getty Images
Curry, who suffers from a painful tailbone injury, knows how much his presence means to the rest of the young group. He understands that he can set the tone that his teammates should follow. Tuesday’s performance is another reminder of how much the group will rally around Curry.
“I think we should all just stop and appreciate what he’s doing,” warriors guards Kent Bazemore said. [After] missed much of last season and came in with so many uncertainties: “Will he be himself?” All of these questions around him, all of this noise, but for him to tune in he still has enough confidence, it inspires and uplifts everyone. “
Whether the Warriors can build on that kind of performance remains to be seen given the disagreements they have grappled with all year but for a group that felt as dejected after four straight losses as they did during the entire season, the Victory – combined with the fact that Curry continues to dominate the games when he’s on the ground – gives the organization hope that they can finish the season on a higher level.
“Steph is Steph”, Warriors Rookie Center James Wiseman said. “I’m just looking at his focus and how he’s approaching the games. That makes him great, the focus and the leadership role. He goes out and gets buckets and has fun. Steph is definitely one of the best point guards in history. Just his focus and how intense he is and how he focuses on the game, it’s very inspiring to me and younger players. He’s just great. “