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Steph Curry breaking records, setting milestones routine for Warriors star

Steph Curry breaking records, setting milestones routine for Warriors star

Stephen Curry broke a couple NBA records Tuesday night and the world shrugged, perhaps because both were his own.

Or maybe because it’s just so . . . common. We’ve come to expect Curry to reach heights never known to anyone, man or woman or robot, who has played professional basketball.

When the Warriors closed their four-game road trip with a win at Minnesota and a 3-1 record against competition that included three teams destined for the playoffs, they had many other reasons for joy during their return flight to Oakland. There was, among other things, the 3-to-1 assists-to-turnovers ratio, the 45.2-percent shooting from beyond the arc, the four blocks by Draymond Green and the rediscovery of Jonas Jerebko.

Meanwhile, Curry was being Curry, providing more numbers and records to chew on.

He was zooming past a milestone for 3-pointers made in the season, this being his third season with at least 300, an NBA record. The previous record was, of course, Curry’s two seasons.

Curry got to 303 by burning the Timberwolves with 8-of-14 shooting from deep, giving him 46 games with at least eight triples. That, too, is a record that already belonged to him. For what it’s worth, no one else has more than 14 such games.

Curry has drained at least 10 3-pointers in a game 14 times. No. 2 on this list is his teammate, Klay Thompson, with five. JR Smith, most recently with the Cavaliers, has three and likely will retire with that. Nobody else, according to basketball-reference.com, has more than one.

Curry this season has moved up from ninth place to third on the all-time list of 3-pointers made. With 2,432, he needs 129 to pass Reggie Miller (2,560) and move into second place. Miller’s last NBA game came three months before he turned 40.

Health permitting, Steph will fly past Reggie some time next November.

No. 1 on the all-time list is Ray Allen (2,973), whose final NBA game came five weeks before his 39th birthday.

Uh, Curry is 31, meaning it’s conceivable he’ll be 32 when he passes Ray.

Any time an athlete is setting a career record while still in his prime, it’s barely comprehensible. Shooters tend to have longer careers than most, as illustrated by the longevity of Miller and Allen. As silly as it seems, Curry could play another seven years, meaning 5,000 3-pointers is not out of the question.

Curry is stretching the floor like no one ever has. He’s comfortable firing from 40 feet and thinks nothing of pulling up from beyond 30. Allen and Miller almost never did that. Now, however, Portland’s Damian Lillard is following Curry’s lead. And here comes Atlanta’s Trae Young.

Remember Mark Jackson’s words regarding Stephen Curry? The former Warriors coach said Curry “is ruining the game.” Some took it literally, as if Curry and his frequent 3-point shooting were somehow bastardizing basketball. That wasn’t what Jackson meant.

"When Mark Jackson said he was ruining the game, I know a lot of people took that personal," Kevin Durant said in January. "But I kind of got it a little bit, because he's the only person I've ever seen that can shoot those shots in rhythm like that and make them. And now everybody else think they can.

"And you can't.”

Curry is that exceedingly rare individual whose greatness is surpassed by his influence. Unlike the 6-foot-6 Michael Jordan, whose soaring dunks were restricted to the dreams of all but a few athletes, the sight of Curry, at 6-3, jacking up shots from another area code is just tantalizing enough that some think they can get there with enough practice.

Folks knew they could never do what Michael did. Many believe they can do what Steph does.

“And that's why I shake my head, because once in a generation, once in a lifetime type of talent and movement,” Durant said. “(Curry’s) movements out there are just so smooth, it makes it look so easy. So when he's knocking down those shots, it's just a joy to see."

[RELATED: Watch Steph Curry hit four straight shots from T-Wolves half-court logo]

To put Curry’s assault on the record books into context, we have to go to its oldest pages, those containing sports records likely to stand as long as mankind survives. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game and 50.4-point average over a full season. Cal Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive baseball games. Cy Young’s 511 pitching wins and 749 complete games. Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 stolen bases. Wayne Gretzky’s 2,857 points. Richard Petty’s 200 NASCAR wins.

Even the true believers, like Don Nelson, who quickly envisioned Curry as a superstar, could not have imagined that each time he steps onto the floor he would represent a threat to a record.

Best not take it for granted. And if you already are, you’re missing a show worthy of savoring.

Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors haven't done much winning lately at Chase Center. On Tuesday, they'll hope to break the trend against the Kings.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m. PT with tipoff scheduled for 7:30. Kings coverage begins on NBC Sports California at 7 p.m.

The Warriors have lost six straight games entering Tuesday's matchup, including their last six at Chase Center. In their last matchup against the Kings, the Warriors put together their worst performance of the season, losing by 21 points in a game where both teams committed a combined 57 turnovers on the evening. 

[RELATED: How to watch Kings vs. Warriors on the MyTeams app]

The contest comes one day after Kobe Bryant's memorial, which was attended by many members of both clubs, including Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kings coach Luke Walton. 

Tuesday's game is the latest tune-up before Curry returns to the lineup. Curry reportedly will return against the Washington Wizards on March 1.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Andrew Wiggins
F Draymond Green
C Kevon Looney
G Damion Lee
G Jordan Poole

Kings
F Harrison Barnes
F Nemanja Bjelica
C Harry Giles
G Bogdan Bogdanovic
G De'Aaron Fox

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: Draymond Green (Right Pelvic Contusion), Marquese Chriss (Left calf soreness) are questionable. Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation), Steph Curry (left-hand fracture) are out. 

Kings: Marvin Bagley III (Left Foot Soreness), Richaun Holmes (Right Shoulder Soreness) are out. 

ROTATION

Warriors: Andrew Wiggins struggled in Sunday's loss, shooting just 3-of-16 from the field. New 10-day player Dragan Bender also struggled, finishing 2-of-8  from the field in 20 minutes. However, Oakland-native Juan Toscano-Anderson scored a career-high 16 points on Sunday.

Toscano-Anderson is coming along nicely since signing for the rest of the season, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his first five games. The Warriors have used 28 starting lineups, which is the most since the 2009-10 season. 

[RELATED: Chriss explains why he only wanted to play for the Warriors]

Kings: Former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has vowed to not cut his hair until Sacramento gets back to .500. At the moment, the Kings are making a good case for Barnes to visit a barbershop, winning six of their last nine games. De'Aaron Fox has played great since returning from an ankle injury, averaging 21.4 points, 7.3 assists and four rebounds over his last 24 games. 

Officials: Marc Davis (#8), Ben Taylor (#46), Leon Wood (#40)

NBA rumors: Warriors' Steph Curry to return March 1 against Wizards

NBA rumors: Warriors' Steph Curry to return March 1 against Wizards

The guessing game finally is over.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry will make his return to game action this Sunday against the Washington Wizards, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic on Tuesday.

The two-time NBA MVP broke his left hand Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns and has not played since. He underwent surgery Nov. 1, and had a second procedure in early December to have pins removed.

Assuming he returns Sunday, he will have missed 56 games.

The three-time NBA champion still is dealing with some nerve damage.

"I'm getting used to what a new normal is," Curry told reporters Saturday after practice. "It definitely feels different than then right but you try to get to a point to when you're actually playing basketball, you don't think about it.

"Whether it feels all the way the same or not, that really doesn't matter. it's just as long as I'm not worried about the things I have to do, the strength part of it and how it bounces back the next day after pushing it."  

[RELATED: MJ's meme joke at Kobe's memorial makes Steph laugh hard]

It's unclear if Curry will be on any sort of minutes restriction, or if he will play in every remaining game.

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