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Rockets’ Austin Rivers says Stephen Curry has ‘changed the way basketball is played’

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Houston Rockets combo guard Austin Rivers says Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry has “changed the way basketball is played.”

Rivers says because Curry is arguably the greatest shooter of all-time, kids nowadays want to shoot 3-pointers instead of dunking like Michael Jordan or LeBron James.

Teams are also shooting 3-pointers at a high clip now and passing up mid-range shots because of the way the Warriors and Curry play.

“Comparing him to other players, he’s not the most athletic guy on the floor nine out of 10 times,” Rivers told Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke and guard Quinn Cook on The Uninterrupted Road Trippin’ podcast, via Marcus White of NBC Bay Area. “But nine out of 10 times, he’s usually the best player on the floor, and that’s changed the game. Kids used to want to dunk, and now they want to shoot 3s.

“He’s changed the way basketball is played. It’s a [3-point shooter’s] league now. The effect that Steph has single-handedly had on the NBA has been huge — and Golden State, period. They’ve set this trend where now we follow. We shoot 40-to-50 threes a game because we’re trying to emulate what works, and what they’ve had.”

When it’s all said and done, Stephen Curry will pass Ray Allen for hitting the most 3-pointers in NBA history. The two-time league MVP, slowly but surely, is establishing himself as one of the best players the game has ever seen.

If the Warriors win the title this season, Curry will have his fourth ring.