Five Takeaways from NBA Wednesday: Stephen Curry on pace for 400 threes this season
By the time you read this, my bracket will already be busted. I don’t care if games have tipped off or not. Doesn’t matter. Anyway, here’s what you need to know from an NBA Wednesday.
1) With eight more, Stephen Curry on pace for 400 threes in one NBA season. And Warriors have now won 50 in a row at home. The Golden State Warriors thrashed the New York Knicks in a game that went exactly as everyone expected it would, 121-85 Golden State. That makes 50 straight regular season wins at home for the Warriors, extending their record.
And that’s not even the most interesting stat of the night.
In dropping 34 points (in three quarters), Stephen Curry is now on pace to hit more than 400 threes this season. He held the old record at 286, set last season. Curry has 330 threes, and the Warriors have 15 games left, which means he needs to hit 4.7 threes a game to reach 400. Curry has averaged 5.1 threes per game this season. The only question is if Steve Kerr will rest Curry out of the record.
2) Kevin Durant hears “come to Boston” chants as Thunder crush Celtics. Boston misses Jae Crowder, dropping their third game in a row without him 130-109 to Oklahoma City.
The story all day in Boston was how Kevin Durant loves Boston as a city and how Danny Ainge plans to go after KD this summer (if Durant doesn’t just re-sign in OKC, which is still the smart bet). After the Thunder win, Durant raved about the Celtics’ tradition. The Boston fans got in on the act, chanting “come to Boston” during his free throws.
3) After missing four games following death of his brother, Dion Waiters makes emotional return to court for Thunder. It’s amazing that he was back this fast. Waiters’ brother was murdered in Philadelphia and Waiters left the team for a week. Wednesday night he returned to the court during the Thunder win, playing 10 minutes. He looked a bit rusty, but just seeing him back on the court was heartening. Waiters also made some plays.
4) John Wall boost’s Wizard playoff dreams with triple double in win over Bulls. This was a big game for the chase for the final couple seeds in the East — and only one of the two teams looked like they were in a playoff chase. The up-and-down Bulls were down on Wednesday — plus they lost Taj Gibson to a hamstring injury — and that was enough for John Wall lead a blowout win for the Wizards. 117-96. Wall put up his third triple-double of the season with 29 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds.
This leaves Detroit and Chicago in a tie for the last playoff spot in the East (Detroit has the tie breaker), but Washington is now just 1.5 games back and with an easier schedule than either of the two teams they are chasing. This race could go down to the final days of the season. Well, unless Chicago keeps playing like they did Wednesday.
5) LeBron who? Kyrie Irving’s 33 lifts Cavaliers past Mavericks. Tyronn Lue decided to rest LeBron James against Dallas, and suddenly Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love look like they can play together. Now they just have to do that when LeBron is on the court. Irving had 33 points and had the game-saving steal in the final seconds — recognizing Dallas would feed Dirk Nowitzki after Irving got switched on him, Irving jumped the passing lane and got the steal. Kevin Love had 23 points and 18 rebounds on the night.
Dallas and Houston both lost Wednesday, leaving the seven and eight seeds in the East just 1.5 games up on surging Utah. Dallas had a chance to steal one with LeBron out but couldn’t pull it off.