This match up is the reason why Australian NBA fans call in sick for work (curse you, time zonal inconvenience!).
It’s got it all. The pace. The flash. The shot making. The athleticism. The transition play. The Steph Curry. The seeding significance. The competitive fire. The Steph Curry. The rivalry. And finally, the Steph Curry.
The Warriors ($1.29) remain the only undefeated team in the league and it’s hard to imagine them losing more than 10 games all season the way Steph Curry is playing (did I mention Steph Curry is playing yet?). Having said that, the Clippers ($3.75) are one of the few teams in the league that can truly challenge them.
The problem for the Clippers is that Golden State eat games like this for breakfast. The Warriors might be guilty of switching off against teams who don’t challenge them (and still blow them out by 20 odd), but coming up against a fellow contender and one of their legitimate Western Conference threats (especially after their coach Doc Rivers indirectly called the Warriors’ playoff run “lucky”), Golden State wont be short of competitive juices for this barn burner.
Steph Curry is the best player in the league today. The things he does on the court often leave you wondering what the hell just happened. He’s going up against one of the most intelligent defending point guards in the league in Chris Paul but Curry is such a multi-dimensional scoring threat that even Paul can’t handle him. There’s no better example of this than the time Curry faked Paul out just by looking at the rim. There’s not another player in the league that can make Chris Paul look silly, which is a testament to the threat that Curry poses. If you close out on his shot, he goes right around you. If you give him too much space, he’ll happily drain a three in your face.
The Clippers and Warriors, two of the most exciting offensive teams in the league, have already played against each other once this season in a game that went down to the wire. The Warriors only won by four points (their smallest winning margin this season), but you can’t help but feel the Warriors have the Clippers’ number, and I think the Clippers know it. The respect is evident…