OAKLAND — How high are the expectations Stephen Curry has established for himself? Scoring 32 points and throwing nine assists is considered a down night.
“That’s why he was a two-time MVP in this league, that’s why we have two championships,” Draymond Green explained after the 124-113 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Head coach Steve Kerr said the game — the third-straight without Kevin Durant — was reminiscent of 2015, when the offense consistently ran through Curry and Green pick-and-rolls.
But for the nitpickers — Kerr and Curry — those six turnovers the point guard threw are going to be points of emphasis going forward.
“Every game is not going to be pretty,” Curry said. “I love being held to that high standard, that’s what keeps me motivated when you look at that line and see five things I could do better.”
That 2015 team revolutionized basketball in some ways. The free flowing offense and long-distance shooting were on full display.
On the other side of that coin is the dismissal of traditional basketball norms. With 4-plus minutes remaining in the contest, Green stole the ball and raced down the court with a 2-on-1 advantage.
Curry called for the ball despite Green having a clear lane to the basket. Steph missed the three and apologized to Green in the press conference after the game.
Kerr said he wasn’t amused by the play, but — in reality — it’s fair to assume he sees it as a necessary cost of having such a confident shooter.