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Warrior Wonder: Stephen Curry’s second half

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Steph Curry channelled his inner Michael, and shocked the basketball world with a vintage second half performance.

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors entered halftime with a 54-43 lead, built off good defense rattling the Houston Rockets, and some timely hooping from Kevin Durant.

But not all was right in the Kingdom of #DubNation. After a poor Game Two, our beloved leader Steph Curry was continuing to struggle. He was pressing, and looked more than a little frustrated at his extended malaise.

At that point the greatest long range shooter the world has ever seen was an astonishing 3-20 in this series. As the basketball world looked on perplexed, the murmurs and doubts began to crescendo.

And then Steph Curry reminded everyone that this was his {insert expletive} house.

True, it was not quite as shocking as a preacher rocking up to a royal wedding and delivering a passionate, enthusiastic, joyful celebration of the power of love and god, that took us from Instagram to slavery, to a room full of the British aristocracy. But Steph Curry’s second half outburst definitely resembled some kind of divine intervention in this series that’s been hyped so hard all year, and was certainly enough to leave the Rockets shook like Prince Philip.

Frankly, Steph Curry blew the {insert expletive here} doors off this thing. His 18 third quarter points came at a crucial juncture and turned the game on it’s head. All of a sudden those threes were dropping, and the Rockets ended up losing by a whopping 41 points. Yep, 41.

How demoralizing is it to think all year you’re level with, or better than, the greatest team in the world, battle hard to stay in the series, and then have this happen to you?

As ESPN’s Baxter Holmes wrote about a few weeks back, these Curry fueled explosions are what the Warriors really live for.

Curry hunts for these moments when an opponent is staggering. “We call it a dagger shot,” he says. So after dancing for a moment to earn whatever distance he needs, which isn’t much, Curry will fire from distances unfathomable to all but him -- and there is a reason he takes such deep shots in such moments.

”It’s the one that takes the energy, it’s the one that takes the heart,” Green says. “And you look, and all of them are just like, ‘Oh my god ... this is crazy.’”

”If he pulls up for a deep 3, that’s him saying, ‘All right, I’m trying to get this s--- over with,’” Durant says. “He’s trying to knock you out. He’s trying to end you. That’s what killers do. That’s what mentally strong people do -- like psychopaths.

”Steph,” Durant adds, “wants to stab you in the heart.”

The Rockets will come back with more force in Game Four. It’ll be much more of a battle. But if this Steph Curry is back, then the Kingdom of #DubNation will as joyful as an excitable child.

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Who was your Warrior Wonder in Game 3 against the Rockets

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  • 76%
    Steph Curry
    (487 votes)
  • 5%
    Michael Curry
    (33 votes)
  • 2%
    Kevin Durant
    (18 votes)
  • 7%
    Draymond Green
    (47 votes)
  • 0%
    Klay Thompson
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    Kevon Looney
    (23 votes)
  • 0%
    Andre Iguodala
    (6 votes)
  • 2%
    Shaun Livingston
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (answer in the comments please)
    (1 vote)
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