Looking deeper into Curry's 54-point game

Curry lights up The Garden with 54 points

Looking deeper into Curry's 54-point game
February 28, 2013, 8:00 am
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Stephen Curry made 18 of 28 shots - including 11 of 13 3-pointers - on his way to a career-high 54 points. (USA Today Images)

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Well, that Stephen Curry performance was one for the books. His 54-point game – on 18-for-28 from the field, including 11-for-13 from 3-point range – was one of the most impressive Warriors’ performances of all time.

Yes, the Warriors ended up falling short to the Knicks 109-105 but that doesn’t mean Curry’s evening shouldn’t get some extra attention.

So, let’s get to it:

--One noteworthy aspect of Curry’s 54-point night was that he scored all those points in a game that was mostly competitive from start to finish.

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Lots of times when you see a player put up a huge scoring night it has at least partly to do with the game itself. You tend to see these kinds of nights when one team has a fairly secure cushion against another team.

Doing what Curry did is even more difficult when the game is in doubt. And Wednesday’s game was in doubt until the final minute or two.

In other words, with most everyone in Madison Square Garden knowing Curry had to get the ball and shoot the ball, he was still able to do it.

Had the Warriors been up 10 or, say, down 10, the stakes wouldn’t have been nearly as high and the performance wouldn’t have had the oomph that it did.

--A game like Wednesday night makes it legitimate to ask the question: Are Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson compatible in the backcourt?

A couple of weeks ago, Charles Barkley said that Curry and Thompson “can’t play together” and that the Warriors would likely have to trade one of them at some point.

Curry disagreed with Barkley’s statements, but there’s little doubt that Barkley might be on to something.

Curry proved once again on Wednesday that he is one of the greatest shooters the game has ever seen – and, yes, we know he’s still a young player.

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It absolutely makes sense to ask whether it might be more beneficial to Curry, and the Warriors, if he played alongside more of a playmaker/passer.

Put it this way – it would be nice if one or more of Curry’s teammates could look for him like he looks for them.

--Another impressive part of Curry’s game was that he never forced the issue – even though had plenty of reason to do so. During those times in the second half when he was being pressured and double-teamed, he never got out of his game and tried to do too much.

That’s not easy to do when you’ve got it going like Curry had it going.

There were plenty of times when the Knicks tried to force Curry to give up the ball, and that’s what he did. Curry made the simple and right play just about every time he got double-teamed and the result was teammates playing in 4-on-3 situations.

Now, Curry’s teammates certainly needed to do a better job of making shots. But Curry shouldn’t spend any time second-guessing his decision making against the Knicks … because it was spot-on.