‣ The Golden State Warriors have been struggling, but Stephen Curry led them to a victory over Brooklyn, scoring 37 points and becoming the first NBA player to ever make 3,500 career three-pointers.
‣ Curry has been carrying the team through a difficult season, particularly with the drama surrounding teammate Draymond Green.
‣ Curry agrees with the league’s punishment of Green for his misconduct, emphasizing the importance of player integrity and accountability.
.@stephenasmith speaks on Steph Curry’s leadership in Draymond Green’s suspension.
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The Warriors have had a rough start to the season. They’ve lost 12 of their last 16 games, one of the worst starts in the franchise’s history. The drama surrounding the team, especially the Draymond Green situation, has been a significant contributor to this slump.
This past weekend, Stephen Curry decided it was time for a change. He was tired of the drama and was determined to turn things around.
Curry led the Golden State Warriors to a 124-120 victory over Brooklyn. He scored a whopping 37 points, making him the first NBA player to ever score 3,500 career three-pointers. Not only did he make six of his eight attempts from beyond the arc, but he also recorded a career-high three blocks.
Coach Steve Kerr acknowledged the importance of this win for Curry and the Warriors. He commented on how Curry had been carrying the team for the first quarter of the season. The team had struggled to build momentum and find lineups that clicked. The news about Draymond had also taken an emotional toll on Curry.
Despite a slow start to the game, Curry managed to flip the switch. Kerr said, “He was incredible. And that’s what we needed. We’re in a bit of a rut, and your best players have to get you out of that.”
Brandin Podziemski, another Bay Area player, also played a crucial role in the win. He produced 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and one blocked shot. In 32 minutes of play, he shot 7-of-15 from the field and 4-of-9 from the deep.
Curry praised Podziemski after the game. He said, “Some of the stuff that he does, you can’t teach. It is a feel of being in the right place, anticipating plays (and) hustle. He is a master right now of the things you can control in the game of basketball: Trying to make the right play, giving the extra effort and the will to impact the game. Those intangibles are huge. … Keep doing that, and he’ll get rewarded for it.”
Podziemski explained his performance. He said, “I think when you’re not as athletic as maybe a Jonathan Kuminga, you have to kind of rely on your positioning to sort of overlook those deficiencies. For me, being in the right spots, knowing basketball and knowing what the team is trying to get to at a certain moment has helped me tremendously throughout my career.”
Curry also spoke about Draymond Green’s third ejection of the season. The entire NBA has been frustrated with Green’s constant misconducts. Everyone has been wondering what Curry might think of his teammate’s aggressions. After the victory against the Nets, Curry finally shared his thoughts on the matter. He agreed with the league’s punishment.
Curry said, “We had a conversation about holding each other accountable. Holding Draymond accountable to what’s been going on and what needs to change. The conversations we had were about him. Making sure the focus is getting right and getting on a path that’s going to allow him to be who he needs to be as a person, a man, a father, a husband and a basketball player. All in that order.”
Curry believes that the integrity of the players is the most important aspect of the game. He understands why the NBA is taking their time to determine the best possible punishment for Green.
Curry noted, “The tone has obviously changed from any other suspension. Times have passed where we’re just here because we’re playing basketball. You’ve got to take a step back and make sure everybody is right.”