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Steph Curry: Cool Back

In the 1992 movie White Men Can’t Jump, Billy Hoyle told Sidney Deane “A Black man wants to look good first and win second.” This season NBA MVP Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors has achieved both.

While California was experiencing a record drought, Curry was making it rain. There have been many things said and written about his jumper. It can be surmised in one word: Wet. But not only is Curry scientifically accurate from long-range, he does it nonchalantly.

Curry says he adapted his style from Steve Nash. But Nash never played with this type of flare. When he wasn’t sending players to the floor with his behind the back cross-overs, he was literally doing the moonwalk after made three-pointers.

Curry isn’t simply the flavor of the season. He is in the class of George Gervin and Dr. J. His game is cool. His moves appear to be in slow motion and in rhythm to a smooth jazz track. His on court prowess and body language are that of someone who knows they are fly.

The flashy aren’t often associated with being victorious. What’s made Curry’s spectacular play special is that it has elevated his team to victory.

It started with the Warriors capturing their first Pacific Division title in 39 years, then an NBA’s best 67 wins, earning the number one seed in the playoffs.

After relinquishing home-court advantage in a 97-90 Game 2 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Conference Semi-Finals on the night Steph accepted the MVP award, the questions began to circulate about his toughness. Those doubts were fortified after Memphis point guard Mike Conley returned from a fractured  face to lead his team to a 2-1 advantage.

The stage was set for the moral of the story to be how once again, hard work and grit beats out style and grace. All that was needed was to knock the finesse Warriors upside their heads and they would fold amid the physicality.

But Curry bounced back with an 11-22 shooting, 33 point performance in Game 3, reclaiming the home-court for Oakland, and passing his first test since becoming MVP. Golden State closed out Memphis on the road in Game 6, and Steph Curry finished the series with more three-point field-goals (25) than the entire Grizzlies team.

So Curry has validated his NBA number one selling jersey, his top vote 2015 NBA All-Star selection, and his Most Valuable Player award. He’s made it look too easy most of the time, understanding that cooler heads always prevail.

Run The Triangle is a new testament in basketball.

Klay Thompson is cash money in Warriors victory over Lakers

How did Klay Thompson respond to inking a four-year $70 million dollar extension with the Golden State Warriors? By erupting for 41 points on 77% from the field, including 5-7 from behind the arc in a 127 to 104 trouncing of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Steph Curry added 31 points for the Warriors who picked up where they left off in pre-season when they lambasted the Lakers in two shooting exhibitions. Kobe Bryant scored 28 points but wasn’t as efficient as Thompson, who obviously had something prove against the future Hall-of-Fame shooting guard after getting big money.

Jordan Hill had 23 points, and backup big man Ed Davis added 13. But the Lakers were once again ineffective on defense, surrendering a season high 127 points.

The Lakers will try to avoid an 0-5 start when they face the Phoenix Suns Tuesday at Staples Center.

Run The Triangle is a new testament in basketball.

Lakers at Golden State Warriors Preview: Lakers Trying to Make Splash In Win Column

Golden State Warrior guard Klay Thompson is once again throwing up fours, but it’s not because of an And 1 on a three-point shot. It’s the number of years over which he will paid $70 million after inking a new extension.

Thompson averaged 18 points last season and increased his stock during his Team USA run. After not including him in a deal for Kevin Love and turning down other offers, the Warriors met the midnight deadline to retain the 24-year-old young gun.

Hard Way To Avoid 4

It won’t be easy to avoid an 0-4 start playing the high octane offensive Warriors on the second night of a back-to-back in Oakland.

Stephen Curry has been a problem thus far in his career for the Lakers. Jeremy Lin must make Curry work on the defensive end and not lot his night simply be about sinking 30+-foot daggers against porous defense. Kobe Bryant had to deal with James Harden on opening night and now must contend with the other premiere shooting guard in the league. Bryant takes these types of battles personally, and the son of former Laker Mychal Thompson has about 70 million new reason to prove he’s on his level. Look for Bryant and Thompson to have some one-on-one moments along the way.

Hill Up For Battle?

Jordan Hill can go along way to changing the complexity of this Lakers team by replicating his 23 point performance he had the night before against the Los Angeles Clippers. Andrew Bogut is currently healthy and stays active on the defense end. Jordan’s mid-range game could draw him away from the basket and give Lin and Bryant more space to operate.

In Conclusion

The Warriors are certain to score at will on a Lakers team that’s giving up 115 points a game so far, second-worst in the league. The Lakers must not let the ‘Splash Brothers’ make the game a shooting-range contest between the two, complete with cool handshakes and signals, but make them work on the defensive end.