” Steph may be the most humble superstar in history“. The compliment is signed by his “brother of Splash”, Klay Thompson. He is very well placed to evoke the humility and modesty of his teammate, and it is the perfect choice when we evoke this role of 6th man taken on by Stephen Curry.
At the start of the playoffs, Steve Kerr placed him on the bench so that he could resume smoothly after a month without playing. But it’s now been three matches that Stephen Curry comes off the bench in the middle of the 3rd quarter, and that’s three wins. The “Super Splash Brothers” have again reached 80 points, and this formula is formidable since it puts permanent pressure on the defense. Jordan Poole is now the first blade, and Stephen Curry arrives to maintain the pressure, even increase it.
The best option…for now
“Jordan is amazing, but Steph has caused such fear on opponents for years and years” testifies Draymond Green. “There is this gravity that Steph creates, this attention that he puts on the defense… It will always be different. He’s been there 13 years, Jordan’s only been there three years. »
Before the meeting, Steve Kerr had warned that Stephen Curry’s playing time would gradually increase, but his return to the starting lineup remains unclear. For the person concerned, this new role does not necessarily bother him and his performances prove it. When he comes into play, it’s the Curry we know.
“I hope I’ve proven it doesn’t really matter” he explains. “Obviously it’s about knowing who is going to finish the matches, but also being ready when you’re called upon. Jordan has been amazing for a month and a half. Klay Thompson has found his groove, Andrew Wiggins has never come off the bench in his life… Obviously you need Draymond [Green] in the field and [Kevon Looney] brings us a lot by his presence inside, especially in certain matches. »
That’s why, the only solution is, for now, to continue with Stephen Curry as 6th man. Even if we imagine that it will not last long…
“It’s a difficult decision for the coach to make” concedes the All-Star point guard. “But in the end, it’s up to all of us to make the necessary adjustments to be prepared and to win. Whoever starts, Jordan will play 35 minutes. Same Clay. Wiggs will be on the court for 30 minutes or more. Draymond will do what he has to do and so will I… Everyone must be ready to have him in mind. »
Holder or substitute, the warm-up is not the same
But there is a small downside all the same: we do not prepare for a meeting in the same way whether we are a starter or a substitute. For Stephen Curry, this is the only difference, and he therefore wants to know, before the match, what his role will be.
“I have to change my routine and everything I do before a game to be physically ready” he continues. “I have to delay things a bit. Usually, you have a certain routine to make sure you’re ready for the in-between. I did it for the first game, then I sat on the bench. There I was, my legs shaking, I couldn’t control myself. »
Stephen Curry has therefore adapted his warm-up, and Draymond Green confirms that he has hit the mark. “It doesn’t take him long to find the rhythm… We’ve seen that time and time again. He just needs to see some shots in… Some players are like that, and it doesn’t take them long. I think he does a great job of finding rhythm with his workouts. He’s just different…”
“Different” but for Steve Kerr, it remains the same: “ Steph remains completely calm in all circumstances. He wants the ball and takes the important shots. Draymond will play for him, and that’s how it is: we have two players who love the pressure. »