Stephen Curry: Postseason All-Star
However, when stars go down, another one is due to rise. With the Warriors, that man has become Stephen Curry The young man who set the NBA single-season record for 3-point shots made in a season, surpassing Ray Allen, has taken over the playoffs for his squad, providing that spark each team needs to stay alive.
Now heading into Game 4 in Oakland tonight, the Warriors hold a 2-1 series advantage, trying to head back to Denver with the series heavily in their favor, and it will start and end with Curry. Averaging 26 points and 11 assists and shooting 44% from downtown through the first three games, Curry has undeniably proven that his All-star snub was real.
Coach Mark Jackson has instilled a confidence within his young point guard that has truly made a difference from year to year. Jackson is a notorious motivator and he was always the best motivator as a player playing alongside talented individuals such as Reggie Miller in Indiana and Patrick Ewing in New York. He was the guy who kept telling them to play their game, to keep shooting and it'll come.
Confidence is half the battle in the NBA these days, and if you yourself don't believe you are the best on the floor, then why should anyone else believe it? Mark Jackson, as an ABC color commentator before he transitioned to coaching had a phrase that has stuck with avid NBA viewers; "Good defense, better offense...that's a bad man."
As long as he believed he was playing (or coaching) a bonafide superstar, he wouldn't shy away from telling them over and over again. Curry has very much benefited from playing under Jackson and the Warriors look like a dangerous wild-card in a series with San Antonio next round if they were to survive this series with Denver.
The West is wide-open, and Steph Curry wants a piece.