Steph Curry is the Michael Jordan of the 3-point revolution

Steph Curry is the Michael Jordan of the 3-point revolution

OAKLAND – He is now as synonymous with the 3-point shot as Michael Jordan is with the soaring dunk and sneakers, as Scotch is with tape and Apple with cutting-edge products – as Tiger Woods ever was with spectacular golf.

So years from now, and who knows when, Stephen Curry will walk away from the NBA and hang up a jersey that will never be lonely.

His No. 30 will be surrounded by various trophies and plaques, for MVP awards, for All-Star Game accomplishments, for scoring titles and, most assuredly, for his specialty – 3-point shooting.

On Monday night, roughly seven months after shattering his own record for most 3-pointers in a single season, Curry set a record for most treys in one game, dropping 13 bombs during the Warriors’ 116-106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

“These are records that are nice to have,” Curry said. “And I’m sure will be broken, hopefully long down the line.”

Oh, it will be broken. And Curry is the most likely candidate to break it. Again.

“It happened so quickly,” teammate Kevin Durant said. “I looked up and it was an NBA record and I’m like, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t realize what was going on it happened so quick.”

Curry splashed past the record of 12 first set by Kobe Bryant in 2003, tied by Donyell Marshall in 2005 and tied most recently by Curry last season.

“When you know what the record is and you get to 12 and you tie it, it’s kind of a cool feeling,” Curry said. “But if you get that close, there is a little something that says why don’t you try to get one more and get the record for yourself.

“So now the envelope has been pushed a little bit more.”

Curry’s 13 triples came on only 17 shots beyond the arc, a stark contrast to his previous game, a loss to the Lakers last Friday during which he missed all 10 of his 3-pointers, snapping a streak of 157 consecutive games with at least one.

He wasted no time starting a new streak, draining his trey with 7:29 left in the first half, a 30-footer. He made five more in the first half, and then drained seven after intermission.

“That was quite a show,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, himself such a 3-point shooter as a player that he holds the all-time record for shooting percentage (45.4) beyond the arc.

“It’s not at all surprising with the way Steph bounces back from bad nights,” Kerr continued. “Maybe not with 13 of them, but he’d done it throughout his career, where he comes right back off a bad game and lights it up.”

Running around screens and through defenders, Curry totaled 46 points on 16-of-26 overall. So, yes, he was better beyond the arc than he was inside it.

He more than made up for his forgettable night in LA.

“I was hard on myself the last few days in practice,” Curry said, “and I had some pretty good shooting sessions. I don’t overreact to games like that, where I go 0-for-10 or 2-of-12 or whatever it is. My process is the same. I had another level of focus the last few days, just trying to get a rhythm back and to see the ball go in.”

The ball went in and kept going in. It went in more often for Curry than it ever has for anyone else.

It’s one more achievement for the leader of the basketball’s 3-point revolution.

Four things we learned while Steph Curry dealt with fourth ankle injury

Four things we learned while Steph Curry dealt with fourth ankle injury

UPDATE (2:40pm PT on Tuessday): Steph Curry has been cleared for full team practices with the goal of playing this week, the Warriors announced.


The Warriors’ usual late-spring sprint toward the postseason, already slowed to a limp, deteriorated into a forlorn crawl Monday night in San Antonio as they were losing for the fourth time in six games.

Draymond Green, the only “healthy” member of the team’s All-Star quartet, left the game in the second quarter with a pelvic contusion and did not return.

Though Green said after this 89-75 loss to the Spurs that he doesn’t consider this a serious injury, it’s abundantly clear reinforcements can’t arrive soon enough.

Stephen Curry, a profoundly superior reinforcement, may return as soon as Friday.

Curry’s tender right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which the Warriors will establish a timeline for his return. He could, according to team and league sources, be back in the lineup Friday night when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena.

That would provide a massive injection of talent for the Warriors, who lost of three games during a four-day stretch in which they were forced to rely heavily on reserves and role players.

“We’re already shorthanded and then we lose another All-Star, the glue to our team, Draymond, at halftime,” said Quinn Cook, who in scoring 73 points over the past three games did an admirable job of trying of producing Curry-like numbers.

As good as Cook was on Monday, scoring 20 points, it’s a bit much to ask Cook to lead the Warriors past a San Antonio team fighting to extend its 20-year streak of consecutive playoff appearances.

The Warriors are built around their four All-Stars -- Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Curry and Green. They usually can withstand the loss of one, and they can often are OK missing two. But when it’s three, and possibly four, the defending champs are a home without a foundation.

As the Warriors were losing four of six games, and two of the last three, we have learned four things:

1) Cook is an NBA keeper.

The point guard from Duke, who turns 25 on Friday, has proved not only that he belongs in the league but also that he can survive in the rotation of a championship contender. He’s considerably more effective than Pat McCaw. Even if everybody were healthy, it would be hard, maybe foolish, to deny Cook minutes.

2) Kevon Looney continues to smooth the rough edges of his game.

The Warriors opened the season uncertain what they could expect from a forward that has undergone surgery on both hips. Month after month, though, he has done most everything they could have asked. He operates well in their switching defense, is effective in traffic and now he’s blocking shots and raining jumpers. At this rate, the Warriors would be delighted to have him back next season.

3) David West and Jordan Bell are in search of rhythm.

West was reliably excellent, at both ends, prior to missing five games with a cyst on his right arm. Since returning last Friday, there have been visible signs of rust. He’ll be OK in time, but at 37 likely needs another game or two to rediscover his touch.

Bell missed 14 games with a left ankle sprain, returned briefly, sustained a sprain of his right ankle and missed three more games. In the three games since his return, he has yet to look comfortable. It’s not just rust; it’s also the team around him. He’s at his best when supporting the stars. It may take him a while before he shines again.

4) Postseason minutes may be scarce for Nick Young

The Warriors hired Young to score while not embarrassing himself on defense and he has had good moments on both ends. But his inconsistency -- partly attributed to unspectacular conditioning -- grates on coaches and sometimes teammates. As much as he wants to enjoy the postseason, he’s playing his way toward an insignificant role unless injuries dictate otherwise.

Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return


Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return

UPDATE (2:25pm PT on Tuesday): The Warriors announced that following an examination by the team's medical staff, Steph Curry has been cleared to participate in full team practices beginning on Wednesday. The goal is for Curry to "play later this week."

The Warriors return to action Friday when they host the Hawks. They face the Jazz on Sunday in Oakland.


The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.

Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.

The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.

Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.

The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.

Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.

The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.

The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.