Golden State Warriors stat guard Stephen Curry had a big night on Thursday as he dropped 40 points in a 104-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. "He's one of the greatest players in the history of the game," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game.
"And he's the greatest 3-point shooter of all time. And the way he moves off the ball, he's so strong and fluid and he understands the game on and off the ball. And he's fearless. So you throw all that together -- and he's always capable of catching fire like that.
As amazing as it was, it didn't shock me because this is what he does." Curry suffered a left hip contusion on Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets but that didn't prevent him from dropping 40 two days later. Curry could miss Friday's game against the Detroit Pistons.
"I'll get an assessment," Curry said, while discussing whether he'll play on Friday. "That charge really messed with me a little bit, so I'm just trying to deal with that a little bit. So we'll see how it feels when I wake up."
Curry led the Warriors past the Cavaliers
"We needed him to get going like that, and he did," Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "That's why he is who he is. That's why he's the MVP of this league.
That's why he's been the face of this franchise for years and has led us to so much success." Having Curry on the team raises confidence on the rest of the team. "It's like you're getting into a street fight and you've got Mike Tyson on your side," Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson said.
"Of course you're going to have all the confidence in the world because you know Mike Tyson is knocking people out. When you've got the best basketball player in the world, and I said this before the season started, I think Steph Curry is the best basketball player in the world, so when you've got him on your team, that gives you all the confidence."
For the second consecutive game, Curry received the MVP chants. "I appreciate it," Curry said. "I don't think about it too much. It is very reminiscent of '14-18 where we had a lot of support and a big following showing up to road games and all that.
You want to feed off that and give them something to cheer about throughout the game, or else they're just coming out and you've got a bunch of Warrior mannequins just sitting down, watching. You want to give them something to actually get excited about."