Following a career night against the Blazers, Steph Curry is getting praise that he richly deserves from all quarters – including coach Steve Kerr.
On a day when Steph started off cold from the 3-point line, it was a mark of his aggression that Curry finished with 62 points. He drove to the bucket repeatedly and unleashed his mid-range game. He took advantage of all of his sweet spots and put the Blazers defense to the sword.
By the 4th quarter, Curry had heated up pretty good. He went on to drain 2 of the toughest 3-pointers made by anyone this season to round out his night. The Blazers weren’t even bad – Lillard and McCollum combined for 60 points. But Steph outscored the duo all by himself.
“Steph has the tendency at times to f— around with the basketball. There was no f—ing around. He came out and everything was shot or attack.” – @Money23Green
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) January 4, 2021
Steve Kerr says LeBron James has it easier than Steph Curry while dominating the NBA
In the post-game interview, Steve Kerr addressed the criticism Steph faces by putting him in a comparison with LeBron James:
“If you think about most guys considered the best players in the league, physical freaks of nature, LeBron, Giannis, Anthony Davis. Steph is 6-3, 180 pounds, whatever he is. He has to carry a game with skill, not physicality.”
Steve Kerr on Steph criticism: “If you think about most guys considered the best players in the league, physical freaks of nature, LeBron, Giannis, Anthony Davis. Steph is 6-3, 180 pounds, whatever he is. he has to carry a game with skill, not physicality.”
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) January 4, 2021
What Kerr spoke is a universal truth of basketball – the taller and stronger you are, the easier the game comes to you. That’s the reason why point guards are the best ballhandlers, shooters and passers. Although the league was dominated by big men before, it is now a perimeter players’ league.
LeBron James definitely has it much easier than Steph. On his worst shooting night, James can still drive to the hole, create contact and earn free throws. Steph does not have the body, nor does he get the calls that James does.