Golden State coach Steve Kerr congratulated Stephen Curry on his “breathtaking” contribution after the Warriors star was inspired by Sunday’s series-level win over Boston in the NBA Finals.
Curry led the Warriors in scoring 29 points in a 107-88 blowout, tying the best seven of the series 1-1.
The 34-year-old two-time NBA MVP was his glorious best in the third quarter who decided to play effectively as the Warriors beat Boston 35-14.
Curry contributed 14 points to that third-quarter attack and was also a key contributor to a stillly Warriors defensive display that stopped Boston scoring.
“Steve was breathless that quarter,” Warriors coach Kerr later said.
“It’s not just shot making, it’s a defensive effort. He doesn’t get enough credit for his conditioning, physicality and level of defense.
“People go to him to try to defeat him because they know how important he is to us aggressively.”
Weighing 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and weighing about 185 pounds (84 kg), Curry has been criticized as “too small” for the NBA, despite establishing himself as one of the best players in history.
Kerry said Curry’s body has developed since he came to Golden State.
“The difference between Steff’s strength and physique in his body since I first came here eight years ago is quite dramatic,” Kerr said. “The man is amazing. He’s just been working on his game, his strength, his conditioning for years and it’s a pleasure to see him play every night. “
Curry says the attitude has played a role in his success, like his physical conditioning.
“It’s a physical development that has happened over time that obviously helps. There’s been a lot of work,” Curry said.
“But at the end of the day, from my Rocky years until now, it was always about effort and just a caring factor. Good things happen if you try hard. And you keep getting better.
“It’s always been a point of emphasis. Now it’s even better.”
Dremond Green, Golden State’s defensive general, said Curry didn’t get enough credit for his defensive skills.
“I’ve been talking about how much he’s improved on the ball over the last few years,” Green said.
“Teams tried to call him in every action and just try to pick him.
“It simply came to our notice then. He is sitting, he is watching, and we are all behind him when he needs help. But he doesn’t need it often and it’s great.
“I talked about how strong he is. She’s able to hold her ground, so you can’t push her out of her place, and it was huge for us. I’m not surprised he’s playing this kind of defense. He has been doing this for the last few years. “
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