One game into this fresh NBA season, and I’m already uncertain as to what I’m most excited to watch this year.
Because even with a historic three-peat on the line, the tease of another epic Stephen Curry season where he rains hellfire upon the league, somehow wets my appetite more.
We all noted how good he looked during the preseason. But echoing that classic moment between Allen Iverson and Tyronn Lue, Curry came into this season opener, and walked right over the Oklahoma City Thunder without missing a step — just a dap from the security guard.
The Splash God was unconscious from the field during the first half, compiling 19 points on 9 shots, three 3-pointers, and 4 rebounds — a sterling stat line to match the championship ring he received less than a hour before.
He partially let go of the turbo button sometime during the second half. But not before unveiling to the world that Raymond Felton might be a few years past his stay in the NBA.
Then when it counted most, with the game teetering around a single possession between the two teams, he delivered a clutch and-1 to give the Warriors all the extra room they would need to solidify the win.
Steph breaks out the shimmy on opening night. pic.twitter.com/wx0IHlr5vk— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 17, 2018
What’s most remarkable about Curry’s game last night however was the stark contrast between his production and that of another former MVP who sat on the Thunder’s bench.
While his near triple-double of 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists may mirror the gaudy numbers Russell Westbrook tends to attain, the efficiency with which Curry works, shatters the illusion that all MVP award winners are equal.
If last night was a glance into the type of season Curry may have, I hope for the league’s sake that they have some extra water stashed away to put out the flames this Splash Brother is about to engulf them in.
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