Stephen Curry had one heck of an evening on Sunday. The two-time MVP exploded for a career-high of 62 points as he helped the Golden State Warriors notch their third win this season over the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s not everyday a player drops a career-best night, and head coach Steve Kerr wanted to tip his hat to his champion point guard by opting to sub him out with 30 seconds to go in the blowout game.
When asked after the contest on why he decided to pull out Steph in the dying seconds, Kerr–as always–kept things light and jokingly responded:
“I wanted to take him out with 30 seconds left so the 42 people in the stands could give him a standing ovation,” the Warriors coach said, via Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
With COVID-19 protocols in place, Chase Center was rather empty and only a handful were actually inside the state-of-the-art arena to witness Curry’s hot shooting night. However, the crowd-less arena seemed to have mattered for Stephen Curry, who was clearly unstoppable on Sunday. The six-time All-Star shot 18-of-31 from the field (8-of-16 from three) and knocked down 18 of his 19 free throws.
Curry added five rebounds and four assists to round out his career night.
More importantly for Curry, the Warriors were able to bounce back and grab a much-needed W after losing big against the Blazers at home to open 2021. It’s going to be a long season for Curry and his Dubs as they continue to find the winning formula on a shortened season.
The Warriors have enjoyed the services of an amazing home crowd for the past few years, but this year ought to be different as they’re poised to play an entire campaign with zero fans in attendance.
Sans Dub Nation and without Klay Thompson in the mix (plus a bunch of new faces playing heavy minutes), the Warriors would need Curry to have more of these crazy shooting nights for them to have a decent shot at the 2021 playoffs.