Curry makes history

 

Nobody has done what Curry has done on a basketball court. (USATSI)
No person has performed what Stephen Curry has done on a basketball courtroom. (USATSI)

 

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Last season, Stephen Curry did something we had never seen before. He hit 272 three-pointers in a single season, breaking Ray Allen's earlier report of 269. He achieved that by making a ridiculous forty five.3 p.c from downtown to set the document with the utmost effectivity.

While he didn't quite scorch the nets in the identical way we saw final season, Curry once again made history together with his exterior shooting. With 24 seconds left within the second quarter of an overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Golden State Warriors' star knocked down a three-pointer off of a Harrison Barnes pass to grow to be the first participant in NBA history to hit no less than 250 3-pointers in consecutive seasons.

Solely four gamers have made 250 three-pointers in a season. George McCloud and Dennis Scott did it in the 1995-ninety six season, after which Allen's report 269 makes happened as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics in 2005-06. McCloud and Scott's 3-point marks have a slight asterisk subsequent to their totals within the file books because it occurred in the course of the three-12 months stretch in which the NBA tried to spice up scoring by moving the line in to a fair 22 ft around the total arc.

Curry hasn't been as prolific this season as he was final season, however he's still managed to shoot 42.1 p.c from beyond the three-level line. His present total of 254 three-pointers has come on 602 attempts from beyond the arc. His 602 makes an attempt are the tenth most in a season, beating out his 600 attempts during his file-breaking season in 2012-thirteen. If Curry performs within the last two video games and holds to his common of seven.7 makes an attempt, he'll end with 617 makes an attempt on the season, which would transfer him to the seventh highest whole tried in a season in NBA history.

McCloud's 1995-96 season holds the attempts file with a ridiculous 678 tried.

Curry made 7-of-14 within the loss to the Blazers, but if he has two more video games comparable that, he may threaten to tie or break Allen's document once again. He is made eight 3-pointers or more in a sport six instances in his profession with three of those happening this season.

He's additionally the owner of probably the most three-pointers made by way of the first five years of a profession and it isn't even close. Curry's seven made 3-pointers Sunday night put him at 898 by means of his first five seasons (with two games to go). The following closest within the first 5 years of a career are Ben Gordon at 770 and Nick Van Exel at 750. Allen's complete by the first five seasons of his career was 699 and he is the present all-time chief 2,969.

If Curry is able to sustain his current pace, especially considering the elevated quantity we've seen the last two years, he would cross Allen's probably final profession complete within a decade.

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NBA Prediction Sunday Game Preview/Pick- Phoenix vs. Golden State

 

 

NBA Free Pick & Prediction Suns v. Warriors

Phoenix Suns (36-25, 14-13 away) @ Golden State Warriors (39-24, 19-10 home) 03/09- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: GSW -7.5

Over/Under- 213.0

 

After a huge home win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Phoenix Suns will look to win the season-series against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday evening.

 

The Warriors, known for their offense all season have been getting it done with some solid defense as of late, winning three straight and all with a slumping Stephen Curry, who has failed to score over 20 points in four consecutive games for the first time in 2014. Golden State (39-24) is 8-2 since the All-Star break and understand it will be the defense that will ultimately win them games as no team as scored over 100 points during their three-game win streak and are 30-4 when they can keep their opponents under the century mark.

 

All in all I think we’re doing a great job of understanding who we are. We are a defensive-minded team,” center Jermaine O’Neil said. “We’ve got guys who can score the basketball, but I don’t want anybody to be fooled; we are a defensive-minded team and if we’re going to win it all, that’s what’s going to help us win it all.”

 

For Phoenix (36-25), despite winning three-of-four games, defense has taken a back seat to this high-scoring team who have allowed an average of 112.0 points over their last seven games. But, the bright spot has been the play of 7-year veteran Gerald Green over his last two games going for 33 in a 129-120 win over the Atlanta Hawks and for a career-high 41 in a 128-122 victory over Oklahoma City to help the Suns rally from a 16-point deficit.

 

I love the way he’s playing right now,” coach Jeff Hornacek said of Green. “We knew he could shoot the ball. There’s not too many guys that can get on a roll like that.”

 

Green entered this season with his seventh team with a career average of 9.4 points per game, however since Feb. 8 has been among the league leaders with 23.3 points per contest. Green scored 25 in a 122-109 win over the Warriors that night.

 

Goran Dragic has been big as well coming off a 40-point win last week against New Orleans and is averaging 25.2 points in his last five road games and with the Suns opening a nine-day stretch in which they play five of six on the road and trailing the Warriors by two games for sixth in the Western Conference…. Sunday’s game is a huge one along with every other game from this point on.

 

Phoenix is playing great basketball. They’re trying to knock on our door for that sixth spot,” said O’Neil. “They play with great speed, they play together, they shoot a lot of 3s. We’re going to try to slow those guys down and put them in a difficult situation on the defensive end.”

 

The Suns have taken two of three so far, but they got spanked 115-86 back in Oakland on Dec. 27 to give them four-straight losses in the Bay Area and with the way the Warriors are playing defense, the oddsmakers have made Golden State a (minus -7.5) point favorite, but get the latest spread up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Stephen Curry went for a triple-double in that big win with 14 points and career-highs of 16 assists and 13 boards and I expect him to shake off his slump and lead his team to a big win on Sunday night to help give the Warriors some breathing room over the charging Phoenix Suns.

 

Prediction/Pick- Golden State

 

 

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Irving, East get past Durant, Griffin to win All-Star Game

NEW ORLEANS – The Jap Convention lastly stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin – then stopped its shedding streak on the NBA All-Star Game.

Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the game’s MVP, Carmelo Anthony made a file eight three-pointers and scored 30 factors, and the East rallied for a 163-a hundred and fifty five victory over the West on Sunday night within the highest-scoring All-Star Sport ever.

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NBA: Who makes the West All-Star team?

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 With the NBA All-Star Game taking place in less than eight weeks, it’s time to look at who will be representing the respective conferences in New Orleans. With injuries plaguing both conferences, a fresh crop of talent could be finding themselves on the rosters. We’ll take a look at the Western Conference standouts first.

 

Last year, the starting lineup for the Western Conference in Houston included Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant in the backcourt, and Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Dwight Howard in the frontcourt. This was the first season the balloting eliminated the “Center” position and included three selections for frontcourt players (comprised of Small Forwards, Power Forwards, and Centers). Injuries to Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant have opened up the possibility of a new starting backcourt.

 

With the second All-Star vote returns from December 26, the West’s leaders in the backcourt included both Bryant (723,031 votes) and Paul (533,647). Rounding out the top five are Stephen Curry (481,698), Jeremy Lin (358,725), and James Harden (270,476). Injured OKC Point Guard Russell Westbrook comes in at sixth with 216,070 votes, followed by four more Point Guards in Tony Parker, Damian Lillard, Ricky Rubio, and injured Lakers Point Guard Steve Nash.

 

Assuming Bryant’s and Paul’s exclusion from the game, the starters would then comprise of Curry from the Warriors, and either Harden or Lin from the Rockets. Given Lin’s strong fanbase in China, we could see Lin holding on to the second spot, though inconsistent play may give way to his backcourt mate in Harden.

 

As for the frontcourt returns, Durant is the leadingvote-getter in the West (850,728), and he is currently looking to be joined by Howard (408,623) and Griffin (399,357), which would result in the same starting frontcourt as last year. Howard, playing in his first year with the Rockets, would be making his appearance as a Houston representative instead of a Los Angeles representative. The next four contending starters are all having standout seasons from the Power Forward position, including Kevin Love (377,941), Tim Duncan (312,809), MVP candidate LaMarcus Aldridge (282,613), and Sophomore phenom Anthony Davis (188,589).

 

In anticipation of the starting lineup comprising of current vote leaders (not including Paul or Bryant), we would then see Curry, Lin, Durant, Griffin, and Howard leading the West. The bench, which comprise of two guards, three frontcourt players, and two wildcards, could wind-up being more difficult to select. These bench players are voted on by the Western Conference Head Coaches, and no coach can vote for a player on his own team.

 

The most likely candidates for the last two backcourt spots include Harden, Parker, and Lillard. Two of these three will likely take the backcourt spots, and the third could potentially be used as a wildcard. The most competition for these spots will come from Dallas’ Monta Ellis, Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, and Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio. Lack of exposure will likely prevent these three from overtaking the spots, however, as Harden, Parker, and Lillard represent three of the best teams record-wise.

 

In the frontcourt, Love, Duncan, and Aldridge are all worthy candidates for the bench based on both team success and individual success. Love is dominating the league individually, and both the Spurs and Trailblazers are in the hunt for the best record in the West.

 

With the game taking place in New Orleans, it would be extremely fitting if Pelicans forward Davis made the roster for the first time. This will likely be fulfilled as either a frontcourt or wildcard selection. The most notable competition for the wildcard spots should come from Andre Iguodala, the stabilizing factor on a surging Golden State roster, and DeMarcus Cousins, a young beast in Sacramento’s frontcourt. Iguodala may end up missing out due to being outshined by fellow Warrior Stephen Curry. If Cousins misses out, it is unlikely to happen again due to his rising presence and exposure as one of the top young Centers in the league.

 

Stay tuned for more coverage as the next returns from voting should be coming soon. Look for our follow-up feature detailing the prevailing candidates from the Eastern Conference later this week.