Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson motivated his team by encouraging them to perform their best under the bright lights of New York City and it appears Stephen Curry took his coaches advice to another level by going on a scoring rampage matched only by Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Reggie Miller.
Curry finished with an NBA season-high 54 points, which included 11 3-point field goals and seven assists. He shot 11-13 from the arc while the entire NY Knicks team shot 11-34. Curry surpassed the 3-point franchise record set earlier by Darrel Wright, he was one 3-pointer shy of tying the record of 12 three pointers held by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
Curry got shafted after not being selected to the 2013 NBA All-Star team despite the fact that he leads the team in scoring not to mention the Warriors will more than likely make the NBA Playoffs after an abysmal prior season winning record of 23-43.
This season the Warriors are playing better basketball and are currently sitting in the 6th playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference. If Curry can stay healthy, the Warriors will be a deadly team heading into the playoffs; my only concern is their size and interior defense. The Warriors struggled to rebound against the Knicks, this could be attributed to the suspension of F/C David Lee. Looking forward the Warriors should look into acquiring a traditional center to fill the middle and compete with some of the more larger lengthy players in the league.
Warriors Coach Mark Jackson also recognizes the fact that his team lacks an interior presence. Jackson admitted his team was short-handed against the Knicks and the team needed the scoring performance from Curry in order to stay in the game.
Stephen Curry was in the zone against the Knicks, he made a name for himself in one of the most famous arenas in all of sports. His 90-point performance over the last two games is proof enough that he deserves to be an All-Star.