Sometimes a players performance doesnt quite sink in untila little bit after. Which is what Stephen Currys game against Dallas just did.The boxscore will say Curry had 31 points on 9-for-21 fromthe field, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range and nine assists in 43minutes in the Warriors 105-101 overtime win against the Mavericks. And thatscertainly a nice game.But it doesnt really capture the impact Curry had on thegame. Currys had big games before, but hes never had one like this where hetook over a game late and brought home a win for the Warriors.In short, it was the best game of Currys NBA career. Howcould it not be? Of the Warriors 15 overtime points, Curry had a hand in 13of them. He had six points and three assists in overtime, including aspoon-feed to David Lee with 31 seconds left, which put the Warriors up two andwas the games biggest basket.The only two points he wasnt in on were two meaninglessfree throws inside of 10 seconds. Other than that, heres how Currys overtimebasically went: bucket, assist, assist, two foul shots, assist, two foul shots.Truth be told, Curry did miss a shot in there and commit aturnover so it wasnt quite perfection.But Curry might have been even better at the end of regulation.In fact, after he tweaked his ankle with 8:07 remaining in the fourth quarteron a drive, he was by far the best player on the court and that includedDallas O.J. Mayo, who was doing some things of his own.Curry scored the teams last eight points in regulation, andthey were all must-haves. His jumper with six minutes left put the Warriors upone; His two foul shots with four-and-a-half minutes left tied the game at 84,and two more free throws 50 seconds later pulled Golden State withinone.His foul-line jumper put the Warriors up 90-88 with 1:57left.Taking Currys play back a little further, youll find thathe had a hand in 16 of the Warriors last 17 points of the fourth quarter 14points and an assist in the last eight-plus minutes.He also had two steals in the final eight minutes ofregulation.On top of all that, if you take a look at Currys oppositenumber, Darren Collison, youll find that he didnt play very well, to say theleast.Collison finished with seven points on 2-for-11 shooting,five assists and five turnovers in 38 minutes. Now, all of that wasnt Curry,of course, but some of it had to be.Which means in addition to making virtually every big playin the last 13 minutes of a big road win, Curry also shut down the opposingpoint guard.That would have to be Currys best-ever game as aWarrior.
OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.
The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.
“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.
Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.
“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”
What fans have is history made, with more in the making.
The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.
Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.
The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.
Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.
Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.
Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.
Even if he suspects others may not.
“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.
“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”
Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.
Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy."
In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes.
Ayesha Curry just dropped bars at Bottlerock pic.twitter.com/ljtaSuITWG— Sam Hustis (@SamHustis) May 26, 2017
All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.