Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors has officially arrived in the playoffs.
Just a few weeks ago, he wasn’t even playing basketball as he rehabbed from an injury that kept him on the sidelines at the end of the regular season.
However, he’s back and playing like the master he is.
On Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies, Curry put up 24 points and helped the team secure a Game 1 win.
But it was another stat that was getting a lot of attention.
Players are shooting 20-55 (36%) when guarded by Steph Curry this playoffs.
Only one guard has defended more shots at a lower DFG% — Jrue Holiday. pic.twitter.com/1fjFCy3Cln
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 2, 2022
StatMuse points out that players are shooting just 20-of-55 (36%) when guarded by Curry in these playoffs.
Jrue Holiday is the only guard defending shots better than Curry.
He is stepping it up and improving his all-around game.
That’s bad news for the rest of the teams still in the playoffs.
Curry has long been seen as the best shooter in the league and one of the greatest point-makers of all time.
However, there is more to Curry than his shooting skills.
He is also a great floor general and has a high basketball IQ.
Watching him read the court ahead of him and finding his way to the basket can sometimes be magical.
He is also proving now that he’s also a defensive powerhouse at times.
In fact, it was Curry himself who shut down Ja Morant of the Grizzlies in the final moments of Sunday’s game.
Curry swatted away Morant’s shot with just 19 seconds left.
Anyone who watches the league knows that blocking Morant is no small feat.
Many Warriors fans were worried that the game was definitely lost when Draymond Green was ejected early.
Curry wasn’t having any of that and defended like the champion he is.