Curry was returning from an 11-game absence due to an ankle injury, so he was limited to 26 minutes. Other than that, you wouldn’t know anything was wrong. He splashed in 38 points, and made 10-13 shots from beyond the arc.
After the game, Steve Kerr was effusive in his praise for his point guard. Is there a word that’s stronger than “effusive”? Because that’s what I’m looking for.
Here’s what Kerr said:
He brings something different than anybody ever has, to be honest with you. There have been plenty of guys who have dominated the game in different ways. You think of Shaq overpowering people, or Michael Jordan, a combination of power and skill and tenacity. But nobody has ever tilted the floor like Steph does at such a deep range, and with such incredible ball-handling skills. It’s crazy what he does to the defense. As a coach you try to come up with a scheme to force the ball into certain area and shrink the floor. You have all these expressions that coaches use. But Steph just blows that stuff out of the water. Schemes kind of go awry when Steph’s on the floor because it’s hard to account for 35 feet of perimeter space rather than 25, like most people. I don’t remember anybody ever impacting the game the way that Steph does in that regard. And then you add the entertainment value. You could hear the building tonight. Everything just looks better, the food in there is going to taste better tonight, my wife is going to be even better looking than she already is, my kids are going to be happy. Steph just has that impact. It’s the way it is. He’s a franchise player for a reason. On and off the court, what he does for this franchise is just crazy.
I don’t really feel like I need to add anything to that. Kind of sums it up.