My philosophy when it comes to sports is that the regular season is where you make your money and the playoffs is where you make your name. This goes for all sports but it’s especially true in the game of Basketball. All of the greats of the modern celebrity basketball star era dating back to Julius Erving in the 1970s to LeBron James have been faced with this reality and now, it is especially true for the one they call the “Baby Face Assassin”, Steph Curry. Wait a minute, hold up! Steph Curry is a two-time league MVP and two time NBA Champion, so how has he not solidified his name Ladale? The answer to that is quite simple, he never shined on the game’s brightest stage until NOW! But before I go further in depth on that, check out the highlights of last night’s game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors courtesy of FreeDawkins YouTube channel.
It is hard to outshine arguably the best player in the world, LeBron James, on the big stage, but that is exactly what Steph Curry did in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The “Baby Face Assassin” broke Ray Allen’s record for most three-pointers made in a single NBA Finals game with 9.
Chef Curry continues to splash his way into #NBAFinals history! 💦
— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 4, 2018
You could likely argue that Steph Curry could have got the Finals MVP last year if it wasn’t for KD’s stand out numbers. During last years Finals, Curry averaged 26.8 ppg, 9.4 ast, and 8 rpg on 44% shooting from the field and 38% shooting from three-point range. Through the first two games of this series, Curry is averaging 31.0 ppg, 8.5 ast, and 6.5 rpg on 45 % shooting from the field and 50% shooting from three-point range according to Pro Basketball Reference . Steph has been more efficient in this year’s Finals and has contributed in crucial key spots throughout the first two games of this series.
However, Curry has gotten some help along the way unlike his counterpart, LeBron James according to last night’s boxscore. Kevin Durant had a huge bounce-back game as he led all in +/- with 24 and contributed with 26 pts, 9rebs, and 7 ast on 10-14 shooting from the field (.714 %) and 2-3 from three-point range (.667 %). Klay Thompson also poured in 20 pts on a banged up ankle and role players JaVale McGee and Shaun Livingston combined for 22 pts on a perfect 11-11 shooting from the field.
The series will now move to Cleveland, Ohio for games 3 and four. And while it’s hard to envision a LeBron James led team getting swept in the NBA Finals, Steph Curry is playing like a man on a mission and as a player that understands that he has an opportunity to cement his legacy not only as a member of arguably the greatest team of our generation but as the alpha dog and most pivotal piece of this Warriors Championship puzzle.