After Golden State’s slow start, there’s been plenty of blame to throw around.
Fans and critics were saying that Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr were both a liability, and some were looking at rookie James Wiseman not putting up enough numbers, some are pointing fingers at Steve Kerr, stating that he can’t really coach.
But the main man that’s been under a microscope is the two-time league MVP: Steph Curry.
Despite averaging 32.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists and 1.2 steals and a PER of 27.92, everyone is saying that Curry can’t play without a “Super Team” and that he was only good because of the team he was part of.
Even his rival Portland’s Damian Lillard had some words for Curry.
"He's seeing that it's tough to get those quality looks right now… It's different than what it's looked like the last 4-5 years."— Chris Montano (@gswchris) January 2, 2021
– Dame Lillard on Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/oQutiosRZP
But yesterday, the greatest shooter of all-time decided to create some shockwaves around the league.
Curry dropped a whopping 62 points, shot 18-31 from the field, 8-16 from the three-point line and 18-19 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed five boards and dished out four dimes.
Curry’s hot night even made Lillard acknowledged his game afterwards.
As a matter of fact, the whole NBA community had to react.
No Lie🔥🔥💯 https://t.co/QagdaZs4WM— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 4, 2021
62!!!! Stop playing w/ my guy!!— andre (@andre) January 4, 2021
Steph heard Y'all huh?— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 4, 2021
A career high 62 points for Steph Curry! STILL proving he’s the greatest shooter we’ve ever seen and a MVP candidate along with LeBron, AD, KD, Kyrie, Luka Doncic, Kawhi, and Giannis!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 4, 2021
sheesh steph 🥴— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 4, 2021
Sheeeesh @StephenCurry30 🔥!! Welcome to the club big bro #62 🐐— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) January 4, 2021
Man y’all was talkin crazy bout Steph…..— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) January 4, 2021
Chef Curry followed that performance up with a near triple-double of 30 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists against the Sacramento Kings. Those numbers may not look like much compared to the Blazers game, but it should be noted that he did it in only 31 minutes of play – as he didn’t really have to play the fourth quarter thanks to the monumental lead that they built through the first three stanzas.
He definitely got a lot of help against the Kings, as six teammates scored in double digits, but he was the only one who scored more than 20. While he led the team in assists, his unselfish play also inspired the rest of the team to pass the ball for a total of 41 dimes throughout the game.
Simply put, Curry is still the guy, is still the best point guard in the league and is a strong contender to be the league MVP once again this season should the Warriors get back to the playoffs.
After all the criticisms he received, Curry responded with his game, reminding us why he is called the “Baby Faced Assassin”.
With more strong performances, things could start to shift for Golden State and we might once again be looking at a potential MVP season for the Dubs’ main man.
Do you think Curry can win the MVP this season? Is this the start of a great run for GSW? Sound off below in the comment section.