Warriors guard Stephen Curry is playing out of his mind lately, but he’s not the only one behind Golden State’s recent run of brilliant basketball.
The club is in the midst of a three-game winning streak with a chance to win a season-high four games in a row against the Cavaliers on Thursday night. Curry set the franchise’s all-time scoring mark with his incredible 53-point performance on Monday against the Nuggets, and he backed that game up with a 42-point explosion in just three quarters against the Thunder on Wednesday.
Golden State ran Oklahoma City out of its own gym, 147-109, amassing an incredible 50 points in the third period. Forward Draymond Green bolstered Curry’s exhibition with a triple-double, which means he scored double-digit points yet again. Green has been scoring with more regularity lately, and postgame, Curry hopped on Twitter and gave his longtime co-star credit amid all the clamoring over his own play.
What a performance. Green missed both of his 3-point attempts but shot 5-for-10 from the floor overall. He threw in three steals and two blocked shots for good measure.
While Green will never be a prolific scorer, he’s left open often due to Curry’s well-established brilliance, and he has to look at the hoop when such opportunities arrive. Curry must know how important that is and is encouraging the behavior.
With the two relying on each other more after the injury to rookie center James Wiseman, Curry and Green are dialing back the clock a bit, minus guard Klay Thomson, of course. They simply know how to win. A large part of that is Green looking for his shot, as he did during the team’s 73-win season in 2016 when Green averaged 14 points a game.
Can the two lead Golden State to a rise in the Western Conference standings? They’ll need some help from the rest of the roster, but the answer to the question is clearly yes. Curry and Green have done it all in the NBA.
The Cavaliers game will be tough, however, since it’s the second of back-to-back contests. The Warriors’ two locked-in NBA champions certainly want that four-game winning streak though, so watch for another inspired game from Golden State on Thursday night.
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