SAN FRANCISCO – The “child-killer” has grown up. Stephen Curry’s youthful appearance mixed with his deadly shooting earned him that delight early in his career, and when opposition parties feared dragging him from almost anywhere on the court, they saw him as a defensive liability.
Not only did Curry lead the Warriors offense in the team’s 107-88 Game 2 win in Sunday’s final, at the other end of the floor he also blocked passing lanes, competed and recorded three steals against the Celtics.
“Teams would try to call him in every action and try to pick him up,” Warriors forward Drymond Green told reporters.
“It simply came to our notice then. We’re all behind him if he needs help, but he doesn’t often need it, and that’s great. “
Curry’s more muscular frame has played a big role in his transformation, Green says.
“I told her how strong she was. He’s able to hold his ground, so you can’t push him out of his place and it was huge for us, ”Green said.
“I am not surprised that he is playing this kind of defense. He has been doing this for the last few years. “
Curry, who is searching for his fourth championship and first final MVP, says getting on the other end of the ball is a long-term goal for him.
“Over the course of my career, it’s been a physical development that has happened over time that obviously helps, a lot of work has been done,” Curry said.
“But at the end of the day, from my Rocky years to the present, it’s always effort and just a caring factor, matchup or whatever it is to overcome physical limitations.
“Good things happen if you try hard. And you will continue to be better. “
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