Steph Curry called game.Image: Getty Images
Friday night was a “drink and you missed it” kind of night in the NBA, so if you didn’t catch (or forgot) the many highlights because you went out to dinner, the bar, a buddy’s place, or somewhere else other than in front of your TV watching games, allow me to fill you in while you scroll through your phone hopefully not too hungover.
Steph Curry can’t shake slump, but buries another misconception about his game
The 14-33 Houston Rockets gave the 33-13 Golden State Warriors a game Friday, needing only a stop with 5 seconds left to force overtime. Then, for the first time in his career, Curry hit a deep, setback two to call game at the buzzer.
Here it is again in slow-mo if you’re into that kind of thing.
Maybe this will get him and the Warriors out of their funk. Curry put up 22 on 6-21 from the field, but he hasn’t scored more than 20 points in five of their past 10 games, and the Warriors are 6-4 during that span.
I know this was his first official buzzer beater in the NBA, but the guy is so good that his team is up so much so often that there are rarely opportunities to be clutch. Him not having a catalog of game winners a la Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, or Damian Lillard is more about him up big, sitting on the bench and clowning his second stringers while the final seconds tick off than it is about his ability to hit a buzzer beater.
And let’s move on because I’m going to vomit if I write any more nice things about Curry or the Warriors.
James Harden calls Kyrie Irving’s strong fourth-quarter showing a ‘breakthrough’
Speaking of sickness and death, yes, I know Harden was referring to Irving’s 15 points in the final period and 24 points overall in their 117-102 win over San Antonio on Friday when he said, “For sure, it was a breakthrough.”
The full quote, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, reads:
“For sure, it was a breakthrough,” said Harden, who finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. “He’s capable of doing that at any moment and any point in the game.
“That’s one of the reasons why we need him every single…