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The MVP of the night | Stephen Curry, the man band of the Bay

We could have chosen P. J. Washingtonmagnificent against the Thunder, but Stephen Curry was also huge.

The only Golden State player to float in the first half against the Pelicans, with 17 of his team’s 46 points, the leader was then able to count on the offensive awakening of Klay Thompson And Jordan Pooleas well as the defensive influence of Draymond Greento totally overthrow New Orleans.

He thus finished the match with 39 points at 14/25 shooting, including 8/15 from afar, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals.

Above all, what marks is the variety of his game to trap the opposing defense. Because Stephen Curry is not content to shoot from afar after screens, he cuts towards the circle, he attacks the intervals, he continues to move when he passes the ball to offer a solution to his teammates. And when the opposing defense focuses too much on him, he serves his insides near the circle or his comrades.

“In the first half, nothing was going our way. We self-inflicted a lot of things, and the only thing we had was Draymond’s determination in the first half, which is the ultimate proof of our unrivaled competitive spirit.”

Facing him, no second of respite is allowed and it is the strength of Golden State. Not to mention the inner fire of this group, which is still hungry despite four championship titles (2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022).

“We know what point in the season we are in as we have faced a lot of adversity throughout the year” explains the double MVP. “Even in the first half, nothing was going our way. We self-inflicted a lot of things, and the only thing we had was Draymond’s determination in the first half, which is the ultimate proof of our unrivaled competitive spirit. And it has been for a decade. »

Even in 6th place in the West currently, these Warriors feel capable of aiming high with their magic line.

“We understand that we need to play better, more consistently” continues Stephen Curry. “We have to understand our rotations and other things. But that force of conviction and that killer instinct – me, Draymond and Klay – we have it. We know it and our guys are starting to understand it.”

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