Stephen Curry continues to cover every Warriors flaw, pulls another 40-point rabbit out of his hat

It’s rare for an NBA win in November to be considered big, but the Golden State Warriors pulled off a big Friday rally to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-101 to improve to 5-7 on the season. No one is excited about that record, but it feels a lot better than 4-8.

More importantly, it was a reminder to the league, and perhaps even to die-hard Warriors fans who began to wonder, if only silently, whether this dynasty had, or is, starting to run toward its expiration date: Don’t the mistake of looking too deeply into the imperfections of a team that includes Stephen Curry, who, at 34, can still turn almost any blemish into the most beautiful display of basketball you’ve ever seen.

He did it again Friday, scoring 15 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter as Golden State erased an eight-point deficit that, after a four-point play by Caris LeVert, threatened to balloon with less than five minutes to go. play. That’s when Curry broke it open, promptly cutting the deficit to 5 with a 26-foot pull-up before putting Cleveland to sleep in the final two minutes.

“You run out of adjectives to describe Steph’s game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s just amazing every night.”

There was more to Kerr’s quote. He talked about Curry’s elite strength and conditioning and his ability to defend at a high level. He called his finish “unbelievable,” which it is. hit nine of his 12 2-pointers Friday and entered the game making nearly 80 percent of his shots within four feet, per Cleaning the Glass.

But somehow, getting into the weeds of what makes Curry great, at least on a night like this, feels like you’re almost watering him down. It’s like Kerr said, run out of adjectives. He is amazing. Beyond that, greatness like this, games like this, can almost be best described in the unspeakable. In the sheer sensation of watching it night after night.

Because Kerr is right, that’s one every night thing. Curry isn’t out here calling the glory days occasionally or just in the big games. He remains the most lethal player every time he steps on the floor and continues to pull rabbits out of his hat when games are over for the Warriors. Those 15 fourth-quarter points he scored on Friday? That’s two fewer than the 17 he scored against the Kings, who Curry held to a 47-point lead on Monday.

That’s what Curry does the oldest player since Michael Jordan in 1992 to record back-to-back 40-point games, and the first player in NBA history, of any age, to complete those back-to-back 40-point games with at least a 65 percent clip and five 3-pointers. He has now hit at least one three-pointer in a mind-boggling 200 consecutive games, extending his own NBA record.

Curry sank 6 of 11 3-pointers Friday and is on 44 percent from 3 for the season. He’s the league’s second-leading scorer at 33.3 points per game, despite not owning just a top-20 usage rate. He does this without dominating the ball. I remain convinced that if Kerr was passing the ball to this guy the way Jason Kidd passes it to Luka Doncic or Doc Rivers passes it to James Harden, Curry would probably average 40 points a night.

But the Warriors don’t do that, and that’s why they remain a much more dangerous team than their most imperfect attributes suggest. Yes, the defense was shaky. Yes, the bench, aside from Jordan Poole, was awful — although we have to give a shout out to Donde Di Vincenzo and my new favorite guy, Anthony Lamb. No, Klay Thompson is not the same player, as much as he hates to hear that, and yes, James Wiseman may very well be a bust. But Curry has a way of weaving it all together, because they all remain part of Golden State’s fabric.

Curry takes over when he needs to, and right now he needs to do it more often than he’d like. But the thing is, he can still do it, damn near call. Like, no big deal. Oh, we’re late in the fourth quarter on one of the best teams so far and we’re about to fall to 4-8? Wait a minute. Let me quickly jump into the phone booth and drop my cape. There, problem solved. Calm down everyone.

That’s basically the gist of what’s going on right now. Just calm down everyone about the Warriors and all these things that are supposed to be their fault. They have Stephen Curry. And while that’s true, there isn’t a team in the world that wants anything to do with them in May and June.

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