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Ty Lue praises Steph for longevity right before 50-point game

Warriors

Steph Curry continues to play at a high level, even into his age 35 season.

While the Warriors star is known for his shooting from beyond the arc, there are other aspects of Curry's game that Los Angeles Clippers coach Tyronn Lue believes deserve more recognition. 

"I think when you put the work in and you're a great player you're going to get better," Lue told reporters before the Warriors-Clippers contest on Wednesday night at Crypto.com Arena. 

"I know Steph gets a lot of credit for changing the game with a three-point shot, but what's underrated is how he finishes in the paint with both hands as floaters, left hand, right hand, and he's all around great player."

After Lue's praise, Curry proceeded to drop 50 points in his first NBA game as a 35-year-old, shooting 20 of 28 from the field and hitting eight 3-pointers in the Warriors' 134-126 loss to the Clippers

While age appears to be nothing but a number for the Splash Brother., Lue explained why players like Curry can play at such a high level late into their careers.

"When you put the work in like he's done over the years, taking care of his body, you're only going to get better," Lue added. "But 35 years old, playing the high level that he's playing at like I said, a lot of guys are doing that nowadays. Back when I played, that wasn't the case. 

 

"So I guess, putting the work in, taking care of your body, I think the medical side and with the science and everything, just making sure you're doing it right by the players and everything you're doing for their body to try to preserve those guys has been great. You see guys are playing at a higher level at an older age."

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Curry joins other NBA stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who still can play at an All-Star level despite being in their mid-to-late 30s. 

As a result, the 2022 championship meant a lot to the Warriors star because of the grind it took to get back to the top of the mountain at this stage in his career. 

Nonetheless, adding another Larry O'Brien trophy will show any of the doubters, if there are any left, that Curry's game will age like a good wine. 

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