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Stephen Curry: Working on His Ability to Go Left?

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the seventh overall draft pick by the Golden State Warriors,  Stephen Curry during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I've been lucky enough to catch a majority of the Golden State Warriors' preseason games and to watch Stephen Curry play.

Originally I had my doubts about Curry's ability to be a floor general and a solid passer, but it seems at this point that Curry is erasing all doubts about seeing the floor and making the proper passes.

I am not too concerned that, so far this preseason, Curry's shot has been a little off.  Most rookies struggle from the field, especially in the preseason, and Curry did break out of a shooting slump against Phoenix in the game that was played outdoors.

Curry finished 6-12 from the field for 18 points, while contributing seven assists and seven rebounds.

But he also had four turnovers and seemed to be out of breath towards the end of the first half, so he got an extended rest in the third quarter.

In addition to Curry's impressive ability to pass the ball, he has shown that he can get to the rim, as well. With the duel threats to shoot and drive, unlike Monta Ellis, Curry allows the Warriors to spread the floor out more effectively. 

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The one issue that I've noticed, as mentioned on the TNT broadcast of the outdoor game, was that Curry needs to learn to go rightwhich sounds strange considering that Curry is right-handed.

On nearly every possession Curry tries to go left, and he has made some very nice plays with his left hand, including a three-point play against the Suns in that outdoor contest.

In the future teams will realize that Curry likes to go left and force him right.  Yet, Curry is right-handed, so that doesn't make much sense either.

I imagine Curry is favoring his off-hand at this point to improve his ability with that left hand, allowing him to get by solid defenders and be able to finish at the rim.

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