The 33-year-old guard scored 41 factors throughout Friday’s 119-97 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, the ultimate preseason sport earlier than Tuesday’s regular-season opener in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Middle.
“He is been build up completely from earlier than camp began to all the coaching over the summer season to now,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated after the sport. “Clearly missed the sport in L.A. the opposite evening, that was a part of the plan, he did not must play all 5 video games, however the previous couple of days he acquired a number of particular person work in and he is clearly able to roll for the common season, so he is in an ideal place.”
The 41 factors are tied for the third-most in a preseason sport over the previous 15 years. It is also Curry’s third profession 40-point sport within the preseason, essentially the most by any participant over the previous 15 years, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data.
The efficiency additionally capped a 5-0 preseason document for a Warriors group that’s now not shocked when it sees Curry go off offensively the best way he did Friday — even in a preseason sport that has little which means.
“The man’s a machine,” Kerr stated. “It is simply superb how he takes care of himself bodily, emotionally, he is simply an unimaginable athlete on the peak of his powers nonetheless at 33. He is simply outstanding to watch, and clearly we’re fortunate to have him main the best way for us.”
Chants of “MVP! MVP!” echoed via Chase Middle as followers embraced the kind of Curry efficiency that has turn into commonplace via his time with the group. Curry went 13-for-23 from the sector and 7-for-14 from the 3-point line in half-hour.
“It is at all times enjoyable to observe when Steph places on a present like that,” Warriors middle Kevon Looney stated. “We see it lots, and it is getting near the actual video games so that you see him flip it up. Our crew performed fairly properly, so [it’s] thrilling to get to opening evening.”
The Warriors introduced after the sport that they’ve waived Gary Payton II, Jordan Bell, Avery Bradley and Mychal Mulder. Kerr stated that, in the intervening time, the Warriors would depart the fifteenth spot on the roster open.