On Fox Sports’ “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed,” Skip Bayless claimed the Golden State Warriors would only go until Steph Curry took them. Bayless thinks the team is relying on Curry’s genius. Bayless said:
“This new Golden State team will go as far as you know who wears them and that’s Steph Curry. He’s been too often smaller than he is in post-season games, especially the bigger.
“I’ll never get over how Steph handed that ring to LeBron that year 3-1. It’s his time. All of a sudden the sky cleared and who’s the biggest star who’s left? It’s Steph by far.”
The Warriors, led by Steph Curry, knocked out the Denver Nuggets in five games and advanced to the second round. They will face the winner of the series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Steph Curry is widely regarded as one of the best players in the league. It’s not an unpopular opinion to believe that the Warriors’ championship aspirations rest on his shoulders.
Steph Curry’s strong regular season
Steph Curry has had a relatively solid season. The two-time MVP paved the way for the Golden State Warriors in their quest for another championship.
He finished the regular season averaging 25.5 points, 6.3 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game. He shot 43.7% from the field and 38.0% from outside the arc.
He also shot 92.3% from the free-throw line and recorded 12 double-doubles, as well as two triple-doubles. Curry’s defense has also improved considerably.
However, while shooting 38.0% from the perimeter might seem like a solid percentage, it’s a significant drop by Curry’s standards. He shot 42.8% from three for his career.
This could partly be explained by its absurd shot volume. The 33-year-old attempted 11.7 shots per game from long range. However, in the 2018-19 regular season, he took 11.7 lines per game and made them at a clip of 43.7%.
Last year he took an incredible 12.7 per game and converted them at a rate of 42.1%.
He had to carry much of the scoring burden as Klay Thompson continued to build strength after a long injury absence. Although Thompson had spurts of brilliance, he hadn’t found much consistency during the regular season.
Curry also didn’t have his partner in crime, Draymond Green, for a long time. The Warriors forward suffered a back injury in early January and did not return until March 14.
Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokić and Giannis Antetokounmpo are MVP favourites. If Curry had led his team to the top of the Western Conference, he might have had a case. His injury towards the end of the regular season also didn’t help.
Either way, the two-time MVP will be focused on winning his fourth championship.
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