The baby-faced assassin

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Raffy Ledesma

Raffy Ledesma

Steph Curry put fear in the hearts of many last season when he won the MVP award and led his team to a 67-15 record and their 1st title in 40 years. This season, the baby-faced assassin is dominating the league, destroying everyone in front of him and doing it with a swagger, reflecting his growing confidence in himself and his teammates.

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In his first five games to start the Warriors’ title defense, Curry has taken the basketball world by storm by posting ridiculous numbers across the board. He is averaging a scorching 37 points a game, 5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 2.5 steals.  What is more incredible is he is making nearly 60 percent of his shots even if he is shooting 11 times per game beyond the 3-point arc (making 49 percent of them) on top of his 96 percent shooting from the free throw line. Curry’s numbers would be more if not for the fact that he mostly sits out in the 4th quarter when the game is well in hand.

Curry unleashed is simply unstoppable. Not only can he knock it down from anywhere on the court, his dribbling prowess is unmatched so defenders need to choose their poison. They can either back off and give him the three point shot or guard him close but he can drive past. Some have tried to double team Curry but he is also a great passer. He can draw defenders and then pass off to his teammates who are mostly three-point specialists.
Due to his stellar play, the Warriors are off to a hot start with a 5-0 record. Moreover, they are destroying their opponents with ease. In their first 5 games, they are winning by an average margin of 21 points. And a majority of these wins were done versus playoff teams in the loaded Western Conference.

Recently, the Warriors embarrassed the Memphis Grizzlies beating them by a whopping 50 points. This loss is the worst in Grizzlies history.  Curry scored 21 out of his 30 points in the 3rd canto to pad the lead and put the game out of reach. This followed a 53-point performance by Curry, a game where he scored a whopping 28 points in the 3rd quarter.
Indeed, Curry seems to be using the criticisms of naysayers to fuel his high level of play. |

Curry was obviously miffed when he saw a report that his Warriors were only 3rd in a General Managers’ poll when asked who is likely to win the 2016 championship. Las Vegas odds makers also placed the Cavaliers as the favorite to win it all.

Curry found it “funny” his team was the best last season and fresh off a championship, and yet pundits keep on talking about other teams. Five games in, opponents and fans alike are in awe of Curry’s performance. The baby-faced assassin doesn’t look so funny at all.

raffyrledesma@yahoo.com

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