Warriors

Lee details learning curve that Steph's teammates face

Warriors

The NBA never has seen a shooter like Steph Curry, and it's hard to come up with a player who can score in the ways the Warriors' star can.

For as great as Curry is, it also makes it tough for new teammates to get used to playing with him. No one in the NBA moves without the ball like Curry. The "gravity is Steph" is very real.

It took Kevin Durant time to adjust to playing with Curry in 2016, and Kelly Oubre Jr. faced the same challenge at the beginning of this season.

Damion Lee, who is away from the Warriors due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, has played alongside his brother-in-law since the 2018-19 season, and he spoke about the adjustment period.

"Steph's one of the most unique players that has ever, ever played in this game," Lee told Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike on NBC Sports Bay Area's broadcast Monday night. "Not only his ability to shoot and score, but everyone sees how he can impact the game from off the ball. So it definitely is a learning curve and it takes guys time to really get adjusted to how he plays, but it's just a matter of knowing your spots, knowing what you can pick, where you can score, where you can be effective and then it's kind of an easier transition once you kind of figure that out."

With Lee watching from home in the Bay Area, Curry put on a show in the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.

 

In 18 first-half minutes, Curry dropped in a game-high 21 points, propelling the Warriors to a 66-54 lead at the break.

In a season where he doesn't have the weapons of years past -- Durant is long gone and Klay Thompson is out for a second straight season -- Curry has found new ways to dominate. He entered Monday's game with a slight lead over Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the race for the scoring title.

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If Curry keeps playing like he did in the first half against the Pelicans, one of the most unique players ever might win his second scoring title five years after capturing his first.

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