To be fair, Stephen Curry's ascension from stardom to superstardom began while the Warriors were losing. In fact, it was a career-best 38-point performance during a Feb. 26 loss in Indiana that saw Curry take his game to a new level, and he followed that performance with his historic 54-point night at Madison Square Garden.
Curry averaged 36.8 points during what became a four-game losing streak, and several people began to question the relevancy of a hot-shooting Curry. After all, winning is the goal.
Well, Curry had something to say about that. After deferring frequently during the Warriors seven-game homestand—he averaged a relatively low 20.6 points while dishing out a relatively high 7.6 assists—Curry decided to raise the bar further than ever before.
He's averaged 28.4 points per game over the past eight, doing so while shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 48.5 percent from deep. That doesn't even begin to tell the story, however.
When a player shoots that well from three-point range, the reason is almost always that they are selective, only pulling up for three when they catch the ball in rhythm and are wide open, resulting in about two or three times a night.
Curry has shot 9.7 three-pointers per game over those past eight games. Meaning he's made 4.7 threes a night.
Sure, Curry's also gone for 7.6 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals during this stretch. I guess that's pretty impressive.
But when a guy can literally take over a game and will his team to victory from behind the three-point line, something is happening that the NBA has never seen before.
There's no way to stop a guy with disgusting handles along with great passing and driving ability from creating his own open looks at a three, especially when he has no qualms about pulling up from 27 feet away.
There's no way to double-team a guy off the ball, but an off-ball double team would be necessary to stop Curry—one of the most crafty, deceptive, relentless cutters in the game—from springing free, catching a Jarrett Jack pass while he turns and drains.
There's no way to stop Stephen Curry from shooting and draining threes, which means that if he's on, the Warriors might just win the game.
That's what superstars do.