History shows Warriors' late arrival to MSG could help Steph


The Warriors' last few games have been hectic enough with Steph Curry chasing the NBA's career 3-point record. To add even more spice in their life, the Warriors' travel ahead of Tuesday night's game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden was significantly delayed

Golden State was forced to stay overnight in Indiana on Monday night after their 102-100 win against the Pacers because of mechancial issues with the team plane. They didn't leave until around 10:35 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

Draymond Green was not happy with delay before having to play a back-to-back on the road and flying in the day of a game, tweeting his frustrations. But, this might be good for the Warriors, especially Curry. 

Since being taken one pick after the New York Knicks were on the clock in the 2009 NBA Draft, Curry has owned the Knicks at MSG. Coming into the 2012-13 season, though, the narrative around the now two-time NBA MVP was more about his ankles and if his body could last in the league. He played only 26 games the season before.

And then the birth of superstar happened at the Mecca of Basketball. It wasn't without some technical issues, though. 

On Feb. 27, 2013, Curry did what he never does. He took the Warriors' third team bus instead of the second to Madison Square Garden ahead of Golden State's game against the Knicks.


As outlined by Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal, the bus then made an illegal turn and was pulled over by cops. Curry then arrived late to the MSG, throwing off his entire famed pregame routine. 

Curry wound up scoring a then career-high 54 points while shooting 11 of 13 from the 3-point line. He played all 48 minutes, created an all-time GIF by shimmying past Draymond Green looking for a high-five and the entire NBA would be changed forever. That's right, forever. 

In that season, Curry went on to average 22.9 points per game, his highest at that point of his career. Curry then led the NBA in 3-point makes and attempts for the first time, starting a five-year streak of leading the league in both categories. He also led the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in his career and they upset Andre Iguodala and the Denver Nuggets in the first round. 

Can Curry turn travel chaos into history again on Tuesday night? 

If we've learned anything it's to not count him out. 

Curry is one 3-pointer away from tying Ray Allen's record of 2,973, and two away from standing alone as the NBA's greatest 3-point shooter with many seasons remaining in his career. What better arena for Curry to do it in, too? 

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Over his last three games while chasing the record, Curry has shot just 30.4 percent from 3-point range. Ever since the Warriors swooped him before the Knicks could, Curry literally has made more 3-point attempts than he has missed at Madison Square Garden, making 51.1 percent of his heaves from long distance. 

The Warriors tweeted a video of Curry arriving to MSG at 2:34 p.m. PT, under two hours before tipoff. His routine might be off, but don't expect his shot to be. Get your popcorn ready, we're about to be in for a show.

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