There are few players that have been able to carry their team when needed quite like Stephen Curry, and that will make the Golden State Warriors one of the more interesting teams to watch in the playoffs.
Curry was able to go off once again this year, this time against the Los Angeles Lakers. He finished the game with 47 points, shooting 17-of-31 from the field and 9-of-15 from behind the arc. However, the explosion of offense wasn’t enough for the Warriors to win, losing 118-116.
Curry's 80-foot heave NEARLY goes in but @lakers hang on for the HUGE win, 118-116! Kobe had 34 before injury, Pau 26-11-10, Curry 47-6-9!— NBA (@NBA) April 13, 2013
The Warriors don’t get a lot of media attention, but they’ve still done a solid job this season, holding the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference with a record of 45-35. They have already clinched a playoff spot and are just playing to hold the No. 6 spot and not drop to No. 7 and let the Houston Rockets take their spot.
Curry has been carrying this team all season. He’s averaged over 38 minutes per game all year while scoring over 22 points per game. He has been the clear workhorse for this team, and that’s been the main reason they’ve been able to keep winning.
However, there appears to be a limit to how much they can depend on Curry. The loss against the Lakers is the third time this season that Curry has gone off only to see his team lose. He scored 54 points in a loss to the New York Knicks and 39 in a loss to the Indiana Pacers just one night earlier.
A lot of attention goes toward Curry, but the Warriors have a couple of other solid players in David Lee and Klay Thompson. Lee has averaged 18.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, and his PER rating of 19.2 is almost as high as Curry’s, which is 20.8. Thompson has been solid as well, scoring 16.3 points per game.
It’s quite clear that this team needs Curry to be a scorer, but it seems like it also needs other players to step up in order to win consistently. It’s certainly strange to see a player like Curry continuing to put up big numbers in losing efforts, but this is still a solid team, regardless of how intriguing the Warriors are.