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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.

NBA rumors: Warriors wouldn't have let Steph Curry play in Orlando

NBA rumors: Warriors wouldn't have let Steph Curry play in Orlando

The NBA reportedly is considering creating a second "bubble" in Chicago for the eight teams that were not included in the Orlando bubble as part of the league's expanded playoff format. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Thursday that Golden State potentially would participate, despite coach Steve Kerr previously insisting that the Dubs would not be interested in such a setup.

It remains to be seen if the second bubble will actually take place, but even if it does, it sure seems like you won't be seeing Steph Curry play in it. ESPN's Jackie MacMullan reported he wouldn't have played in Orlando had the Warriors qualified, and it begs the question as to why Chicago would be any different.

"I was told unequivocally by people at Golden State," MacMullan said Thursday on the "Hoop Collective" podcast, "if Golden State came back (to play in Orlando) they weren't gonna let Steph Curry step foot on the floor."

"The reason they were worried about Steph Curry," MacMullan added, "was because they didn't feel that he had played enough to come back."

So, there you have it. The Warriors arguably would have very little to gain from participating in the Chicago bubble, and given that there is no championship at stake -- like there is in Orlando -- Golden State doesn't have much motivation to send its star veteran players, especially those that are returning from injury.

Curry played in precisely one of the Warriors' final 61 games before the season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic after returning from a broken wrist. And if he isn't going to play, you can bet Klay Thompson -- who would be returning from a torn ACL -- won't either.

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Draymond Green previously said that he would have played in Orlando, but if the Splash Brothers are out, why would Golden State risk the health of the other remaining piece of its championship core?

The Warriors need to find a way to stay in basketball shape and continue developing chemistry over what is going to be an extremely long layoff before the start of next season. But if Curry, Thompson and Green aren't involved, then that kind of ruins the whole point.

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Warriors would gain little partaking in NBA's proposed 'second bubble'

Warriors would gain little partaking in NBA's proposed 'second bubble'

Insofar as the Warriors run a fairly democratic operation, with each player having a voice and the core veterans operating as advisers to head coach Steve Kerr, an invitation to become part of a proposed but not approved second NBA “bubble” presents a dilemma.

If mandated by the NBA, they’ll go, whether it’s Chicago or Las Vegas or another site. That the vets – Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson -- would not be expected to play makes the team’s participation cursory, if not downright pointless.

Yet general manager Bob Myers recently said the Warriors would be “team players” and, in the end, do whatever is best for the league.

“You have to take a step back and say, ‘We’re going to be good partners,’” he said in a phone conversation. “We’re going to do what’s best for the league in a difficult environment.”

Understand, the Warriors don’t want to be there -- and why should they? Their 2019-20 season is over, and there is no definitive start date for 2020-2021. They’d be scrimmaging, at potentially increased risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19), with the crew that absorbed most of the minutes last season.

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Which brings us to their real desire. They want to gather as a group before the next training camp, currently penciled in for November. Kerr told me a few weeks ago that he “wouldn’t mind” getting his team together for what amounts to a minicamp in the middle of an offseason extended by the pandemic.

Coaches want it, and so do the players. They all would like the experience of playing with each other, which didn’t exist last season. Thompson missed the entire season, and Curry played four games, only one with Andrew Wiggins, who came over in a February trade.

Ideally, that would occur at Chase Center, which has opened for individual activities with attendance limitations but remains suspended for full team activities.

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Should the day come when the current restrictions are relaxed, expect the Warriors to identify a week to get everyone inside. Get Thompson on the floor with Wiggins and others, scrimmaging together for the first time. Evaluate how Curry and Green have responded to the long layoff.

That would be productive, as well as their first blowout activity since early March.

Going into a second bubble, with a stripped-down squad, confined to a hotel for a week or two, is something the Warriors are willing to do. Willing, but hardly eager and barely engaged.