Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 11:20 am  |  28 responses

Steph Curry Calls Playing Against the Spurs ‘Surreal’

Despite yet another otherworldly shooting display, Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors watched the San Antonio Spurs roar back and ultimately break their hearts in the series opener last night. Curry realizes that despite his own heroics, beating the Spurs remains a very daunting task. Per Yahoo! Sports: “Stephen Curry had gone for 44 points, had gone within a whisper of Kobe Bryant’s playoff record of 45 on the Spurs. Curry had gone wild on the Spurs, but he wouldn’t get the final shot, nor the final word on Monday night. ‘Yeah, I’ll be thinking about the one I didn’t get to take,’ Curry said. ‘You always want that one more opportunity.’ Out of the timeout, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard wrapped his arms around Curry and refused to let him come over the screen and catch an inbounds pass. The Warriors protested, but as one team official said, ‘You’re never getting that call against them.’ After another timeout, the Spurs clustered on Curry, and the ball found its way to Jarrett Jack for a stumbling, off-balance miss that left the Warriors despondent 129-127 Game 1 losers in the Western Conference semifinals. ‘This freaking game,’ Curry mumbled to no one in the losing locker room. [...] When it was over, Curry walked down the corridor to his news conference and politely shut down a team official trying to console him with context. ‘Don’t blame the age,’ Curry told him. [...] ‘I know who I’m playing against here,’ Curry said. ‘I’ve been a fan of basketball since my dad was playing, and these guys here – the Spurs – they’ve been champions. They’ve been on this stage so many times. I have confidence in myself, but I mean, this is different against them. This is … surreal.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    basically, the Spurs are like Rocky. You can hit those effers with as many haymakers as you can muster, but you won’t knock them out.

  • robb

    You don’t deserve to win if you play like that in the 4th. I was rooting fore the Warriors but the way they ended the regulation made me wanna smash my head against the wall. I can’t even imagine what was coach Jackson thinking.

  • robb

    you can if you know how to close games.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    way to take that literally. good job.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    it is ridiculous that Golden State didn’t close out that game. Right now, that’s the only thing stopping Steph from being a bonafide, inarguable superstar. Not the defense, not the injuries, just the fact that even after he’s up big, he doesn’t choke the life out of the other team.
    But it was amazing to watch him go off. He’s the most exciting player to watch in the League because he takes video game shots.

  • Redd

    I don’t see the Spurs winning.

    That was game 1 of the series at the Spurs court..far from over. And if they’d have not left Manu wide open I think the Warriors would’ve won.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    MAN….Spurs were coming off of 7 days off. by not winning that one, the Warriors pretty much shot their chances in the foot.

  • Jacoobus

    Mark Jackson was to blame for this as much as anyone. His team played good defense the whole game until the last five minutes of the fourth when he allowed pop to force him to go small. Bogut anchors that team’s defense, there is no way he should be sitting on the bench while Tony Parker shreds them inside. I don’t care if he doesn’t match up well with Diaw, play a zone for two minutes if need be but don’t take out your rim protection and rebounding advantage just for the sake of matchups, it’s not like Diaw can handle Bogut on the other end either.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah Jackson still a little sketchy with the X’s and O’s — he’s a GREAT motivator though. The X’s and O’s are a learning thing, just like his young team, he will improve.

  • robb


  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Yeah, he’s always been sketchy with that stuff.

  • bill

    Even the Bulls had its Pistons. Can’t wait for their growth. It’ll be exciting.

  • bill

    Young, talented team learning how to close EVERY quarter vs. experienced talented champions showing them how.

  • Redd

    My Bulls beat the Heat Game 1 then proceed to lose the next 3-4 the last time.

    I see what you mean, the Spurs are tough but the Warriors simply are a huge underdog behind Steph. I feel they can return, it’s game 1 but we’ll see.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    just knowing the history behind Spurs/Warriors, i don’t think it’s about if Golden State has a chance. It’s about how quickly they lose. 4, 5, or 6 games?
    They haven’t won in San Antonio since Tim Duncan was in college. Tony Parker was a 14 year old.
    Not winning yesterday was their only chance far as I see it. And i would bet all the money in my bank account they have another 4th quarter collapse in Oracle.

  • spit hot fiyah

    and golden state is like apollo, only very light skinned

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The guy shoots 3′s better than he shoots 2′s. He’s definitely got sliders on.

  • Redd

    I don’t believe in the history crap, history is meant to be broken. History will never tell the future, it merely will tell you the expectation but expectation is never truth.

    Maybe I’m bias as I’ve cheered these guys on since they sucked so I’m excited we’re good now but I truly believe they can. Are they the front runners to win? No but I think behind Steph they can win.

    The X-factor for them I think is Bogut.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s not really crap. and records are meant to be broken. not history. history tells us Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich don’t lose to the Warriors….or teams like them.
    History is a safer bet than your opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    At the same time they were running a pick n roll and bogut was pretty slow on the switch so maybe thats a reason why bazemore was in

  • bdawg

    Actually the Warriors are like Rocky and the Spurs are Apollo. The Warriors are the underdog, and every Rocky movie starts with him losing the first fight but winning the last one. That’s how it’s going to be.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Awe, that’s cute

  • Matt

    The Warriors run some of the most innovative sets in the league. lol
    I agree with you if you mean he’s not a great out-of-bounds guy.

  • Caboose

    Mark Jackson ran him into the ground last night, he’d lost his legs by the 4th.

    Those number fire guys had an interesting stat: Curry’s efg% drops into the low 40 range towards the end of the shot clock. A stat on clutchness?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Mainly at the end of games. And in his match ups. His offense has a ton of wrinkles, but nothing they rely on, or fall back on. Well other than Steph Curry/Jarret Jack isolations and picks (Losing David Lee is the main problem)

  • Ronald

    Considering that his opinion is based on the history of the Bulls, I’m pretty sure that his opinion isn’t worth jack.

    I do agree that the fact that the Warriors havent won in SA for the last decade or two doesn’t have much bearing on what the Warriors can do THIS seasion.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’d agree that it’s irrelevant to this season if their team was different then it’s been in the past….but they are still a young, up tempo, defensively weak team. The exact type of team that has never beat the Spurs in a series.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Nah, I think it’s the fact that he’s more dangerous as a scorer when his passing is an option. Plus, he’s a little guy so when the defense knows you have to shoot, they can bother your shot more.