He additionally needed to battle off the Warriors’ bench.
“It does not assist when your teammates are yelling at you each useless ball what number of factors you bought,” Curry instructed broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike after Golden State’s 137-122 win over Portland. “However apart from that, [I just tried to] not do something in a different way. Preserve being aggressive, preserve being decisive and good issues occur.”
After connecting on simply 42 % of his photographs by the Warriors’ first 5 video games, Curry was ultra-efficient in his sixth. His 62 factors got here on 31 field-goal makes an attempt and 19 free throws, with the two-time MVP making 58.1 % of his subject objectives (18 of 31), 50 % of his 3-pointers (8 of 16) and 94.7 % of his free throws (18 of 19).
Curry related from each spot on the ground. He made a handful of photographs on the rim, knocked down a trio in midrange and splashed some signature warmth checks from nicely past the arc.
It was a efficiency evocative of Curry at his unanimous MVP finest, however these Warriors are a lot totally different than 73-win predecessors. Curry’s nonetheless attending to know a lot of his teammates and so they’re nonetheless attending to know him, however Sunday definitely represented progress of their budding relationship.
“[I’m taking] totally different photographs than years previous, and plenty of that’s simply not dashing,” Curry mentioned of how he handled the Blazers’ double groups and assist defenders. “Regardless that they’re is perhaps double groups and a crowd, I at all times have choices; transfer it, get a shot or get to the basket. I’ve simply bought to ensure I see every part proper, and tonight I slowed down somewhat bit and it clearly labored it.”
Curry will proceed to obtain heightened consideration from opposing defenses with Klay Thompson out for everything of the season, however he’ll solely want to fret about that between whistles. He needed to have his head on a swivel for his teammates after Sunday’s win, as Damion Lee doused him with water throughout his interview with Fitzgerald and Azubuike.
When Curry shoots like he did Sunday, a water bottle bathe is perhaps one of many few issues able to cooling off his scorching hand.