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Bosh compares Steph to '06 Kobe before Warriors play-in

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Nobody has come up with the proper NBA comparison for Steph Curry. He changed the game forever -- a living outlier in front of our eyes. 

Former NBA star and future Hall of Fame forward Chris Bosh believes Curry is playing like a former all-time great for the Warriors this season. 

"The way that he's been playing the last month of the season has been very reminiscent of '06 Kobe," Bosh said Tuesday morning on ESPN's "Get Up." 

Curry led the league this season averaging 32.0 points per game at 33 years old. In the 2005-06 season, Kobe Bryant averaged a career-high 35.4 points per game.

Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers finished as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, but fell to the Phoenix Suns in seven games during the first round of the playoffs. 

"His shooting is unbelievable, I've never seen anything like it," Bosh said of Curry. "He's a master of his craft. Not only that, he's very unselfish. He gets his teammates involved. You can tell guys love playing with him.

"He's just one of those guys that's always dangerous, and he has a high IQ guy like Draymond Green always on the hunt to get him the ball. ... The Lakers are going to have to know where he is at all times. But look for Steph to be very aggressive, and look for him to have a big game." 

Curry's Warriors face Bosh's former teammate LeBron James and the Lakers on Wednesday in the NBA play-in tournament. Though a healthy Lakers team is seen as the favorites, Bosh knows anything can happen, especially the way Curry has been playing. 

 

"Look for the Lakers to really get it done on defense. That's what's gonna be very important for them," Bosh said. "They're not gonna be able to win the game if Steph Curry scores 35, 40 points. They're going to have to hold him to or just below his average, get it done with defense and hopefully get out of there with a close win.

"It will be very competitive and I think it will come down to the wire."

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The Warriors lost two of their three games against the Lakers this season. Curry averaged just 23.0 points per game in those three games, but has been on fire in the month of May. 

Curry was just named Western Conference Player of the Month for the second straight month by averaging 36.8 points, 5.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. Golden State will need this Curry to pull off an upset and make a run in the playoffs. 

As Bosh knows, though, don't count out Curry or the rest of the Warriors when it matters most.

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