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Warrior Wonder: The Chef continues to cook

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Steph Curry drops 45 on the Clippers.

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors have nothing to prove against the Los Angeles Clippers anymore.

This “rivalry” hasn’t been a rivalry in the purest sense of the word since 2014 but for whatever reason, the Dubs take sadistic joy in repeatedly beating the breaks off of the Clippers.

And you know something? I’m perfectly fine with that. Obviously, so is Stephen Curry.

Curry scored 45 points in three quarters

The Chef was hot from the gate. Curry scored 17 points in the first quarter, including a blistering 4-for-6 from three, and ended up with 29 points at the half. However, the Clippers kept in close in the first half because the rest of the Warriors sans David West struggled to score. Collectively, the Dubs shot 17-for-51 (33 percent) from the field in the first half.

Once again, the turning point for the Warriors came in the third and Curry continued his assault on offence; pouring in 16 of the Warriors’ 39 points in the third quarter. Curry ended the game with 45 points, 6 boards, and 3 assists in 30 minutes of action.

MVP?!

After missing 11 games over nearly a month, Curry returned to the lineup on Dec. 30 against the Grizzlies. He has averaged a line of 36 points on 58 percent shooting and 53 percent from three. It is easy to be dismissive and say, ‘Well, the Warriors went 9-2 without Steph’ or ‘Steph and KD cancel each other out’. Those points are irrelevant. This man came back from an injury on his surgically repaired ankle better than he was before.

If that’s not enough for a narrative, how about this: Curry has led the Warriors in scoring all season long. Even in Curry’s absence, Durant’s scoring average for the season was a shade under Curry’s. Or how about comparing the offense without Curry vs. with him on the floor? If Curry continues playing at this level, we will have no choice but to include him in MVP conversations regardless of the circumstances around him.

An in-depth MVP discussion is worth having, but not today — Curry always emphasizes living in the moment. With that said, in this very moment Stephen Curry is hands down the Warrior Wonder with a line of: 45 points/6 rebounds/3 assist on 52/50/93 shooting.

Poll

Who was the Warrior Wonder for the Warriors’ win over the Clippers?

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  • 92%
    Steph Curry
    (729 votes)
  • 0%
    Draymond Green
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Andre Iguodala
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Zaza Pachulia
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Klay Thompson
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Patrick McCaw
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Nick Young
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Jordan Bell
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Omri Casspi
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Kevon Looney
    (10 votes)
  • 1%
    JaVale McGee
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Shaun Livingston
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    David West
    (13 votes)
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