Friday, April 26, 2013
What Warriors will miss if Curry sits
By Tom Carpenter
Stephen Curry's bum ankles only cost him four games during the regular season. Unfortunately, he turned his left ankle during the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 win over the Denver Nuggets, and that injury has left him as a game-time call for Friday's Game 3 battle back in Oakland, according to USAToday.com's Sam Amick. Should Curry sit, Jarrett Jack should start, but he doesn't carry the same scoring upside as Curry.
Curry (31) and Klay Thompson (20) combined for 51 points Tuesday, which, according to ESPN Stats & Information is only the fourth time a Warriors backcourt has done so in the playoffs. Coach Mark Jackson was so impressed, he said, "You talk about Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, in my opinion, they're the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game."
A pretty bold statement, considering some of the backcourt combinations in the Hall of Fame, but when it comes to 3-point shooting, there is support for what Jackson said. Per ESPN Stats & Information, Curry and Thompson combined to hit 483 three-pointers during the regular season, the most all-time dating back to when the three-point line was instituted in 1979-80.
ESPN NBA Insider Kevin Pelton takes it one step further, making an argument that Curry already is the greatest long-range shooter of all time:
Kevin PeltonIs Curry the best shooter ever?
"Curry isn't the best in any single factor, but when we combine everything, his Shooting Rating has been more than twice the league average over the past four seasons -- and better than that of any other player with at least 500 career 3-pointers. Unfortunately, when he became eligible, Curry knocked his dad, Dell, out of the top 10. Of course, there's plenty more history ahead of Curry. Through his first four NBA seasons, his 3-point pace is far ahead of the pace of Allen, Miller or any of the NBA's other all-time great shooters. Curry has made the most 3s of any player through Year 4, and some of the other names at the top of the list who peaked early might be surprising: Already, the stats show Curry is the greatest long-range shooter the NBA has seen. If he keeps up this level for a few more seasons, the topic might not even be worth debating."