It was a great night for the Warriors on Thursday. Wait. Scratch that.
It was almost a great night for the Warriors on Thursday night. Superstar Stephen Curry was on fire from the outset, finishing with 38 points 11 rebounds and eight assists. But the Warriors lost to the Celtics, 111-107, unable to grab rebound when they needed one, in large part because all of their centers are now injured.
But as Golden State was in the midst of losing, Curry did something no other Warrior has done except for the great Wilt Chamberlain, who thrived for the Philadelphia and San Francisco Warriors for five and a half seasons in the early 1960s.
That fact prompted coach Steve Kerr to make a claim that seems bold and obvious at the same time. Curry is the greatest Warrior to have ever walked the earth. Here’s how Kerr said it, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
So is Curry really the best Warrior of all time? Yes, he is. Although he may need a few more seasons of prime Curry scoring and production to convince everyone of that fact. But he’ll end up having scored the most points in the franchise’s history, and he’s led the team to three NBA titles.
But that won’t help this season if the Warriors waste another scorching performance. Watch to see how the team reacts to a lack of depth at center (after short-term injuries to Kevon Looney and James Wiseman) on Thursday night against the Mavericks.
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