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Warriors' Steve Kerr explains why Steph Curry, once again, is peaking

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Do you remember what Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Golden State superstar Steph Curry on Oct. 12, 2017?

Of course you don't.

So let's take a walk down memory lane:

“I think Steph is at his absolute peak right now -- physically, emotionally. This is probably as good as he's ever gonna be. I think he's better now than he was last year or the year before. And that's saying something.

“He is the most impactful offensive player, in terms of what he does to the defense, maybe ever. There's guys, obviously Michael Jordan impacted things, but the way Steph plays puts the fear of God into defenses like nobody I've ever seen.

"Nobody has been able to shoot off the dribble from 35 feet in a normal setting. But he does that, which changes the entire game. So everything we do revolves around Steph."

Did you hear what Kerr said about Curry on Sunday?

Apparently, he either was lying two years ago, or the two-time NBA MVP just keeps breaking through barriers.

"To me, he's at his peak physically, mentally," Kerr told reporters after practice. "He's seen every defense that people have thrown at him now during his career, and he's ready to have a great year.

"He's in his prime age wise, strength and conditioning wise, and defensively he's seen everything that's come his way. Teams have played him every possible way that you could think of, and he's had years now to work on counters.

"So he's kind of in his sweet spot right now, and he has been the last couple years. And hopefully that continues for the next few years. But he's an amazing player."

Curry's best season statistically -- 30.1 points, 50.4 percent from the field, 45.4 percent from deep (402 makes), 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals -- was in 2015-16 when he became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. 

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His numbers dipped the last three seasons with Kevin Durant as his teammate, which was expected and necessary to win championships. But now that KD is in Brooklyn and Klay Thompson is sidelined until at least late February, Curry's production could soar to new heights.

If that does happen -- and if the 31-year-old stays healthy all season -- the Dubs should make the playoffs.

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