As regular-season and postseason three-point records fall and Stephen Curry continues to far outpace the likes of Ray Allen and Reggie Miller, he can’t simply be looked at as the greatest shooter of his generation. There’s a growing case that he’s the greatest shooter in the history of basketball.
That’s certainly the conclusion that many of the all-time greats are coming to. One of the most vocal members of the Curry fan club is the just-retired Steve Nash, himself in that conversation. He had some insights on just what makes Curry so great in a new interview with Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher:
“Steph takes it to another level,” Nash said. “I was able to do it going left and right, and we can both do it at speed, but I was always trying to get to the three-point line. He can do it from deeper and, frankly, I never took a step-back. He has no trouble taking a step-back and making it. You add that to all the other shots. It could be a clincher in this game of deciding who’s the best.”
Bucher’s story also features heavy praise for Curry from the likes of Kiki Vandeweghe and Dana Barros. At age 27, that’s already intimidating company to be in. And if the Warriors prevail in the NBA Finals this month, that’s yet another notch in Curry’s belt. As it is, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny the historical greatness of Curry as a shooter.
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I’m not sold yet, and so I tell Jenna Corrado my prediction is the Golden State Warriors to win the Finals in six games.
I’m not comfortable picking against LeBron James, but I’m less comfortable picking against a Warriors team that has been the best, most consistent team in the NBA all season. Plus one that has Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Klay Thompson goes through practice, extra workout, will be evaluated for concussion Tuesday
It feels like Klay Thompson is going to be ready to go in Game 1.
His father Mychael was at his usual radio broadcasting job in Los Angeles Monday and said Klay was showing no ill effects from the knee to the head Thompson got from Trevor Ariza in Game 5. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said again on Monday, as he had before, he expects Thompson to play in Game 1.
Thompson went through a full practice with the Warriors Monday, saw the team doctors for an evaluation, and after that was back out on the court for some extra work and shooting drills, reports Monty Poole of CSNBayArea.com.
No sign of concussion as Klay shoots around after practice @Warriors HQ. Expect full clearance for Gm 1. Now in 3rd hour of workout.
Part of this is still the Warriors going through the official league protocol. While the team doctor makes the final call on when Thompson is cleared, he does it in consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the Director of the NBA’s Concussion Program. Those conversations are likely still taking place.
Because the NBA Finals do not start until Thursday, there is not a lot of pressure on Golden State to try and rush through it.
In today’s edition of the PBT Podcast, we’ve got PBT’s Kurt Helin and Brett Pollakoff, plus NBCSports’ Dominic Ridgard breaking down the NBA Finals. We talk about the matchups — how does Golden State deal with Tristan Thompson? How much of the small lineups will we see? — as well as all laying out our predictions.