The Golden State Warriors aren’t as dominant as they used to be just a few years ago.
Stephen Curry, however, hasn’t changed a bit.
In fact the Warriors star, who dropped 40 points with 10 3-pointers in their 111-105 win against the Orlando Magic on Thursday night, is in one of the best stretches of his career.
He should have had 11 buckets from behind the arc, too, though the last one came with a wild underhand toss after the buzzer.
Steph Curry building MVP campaign
Curry has averaged 33.4 points while shooting 51.6 percent from the 3-point line over his past 10 games — easily marking one of the best offensive outbursts of his career. He dropped 57 with 11 3-pointers in their two-point loss to the Mavericks last week, and followed that up with back-to-back 32-point performances.
"It is routine, which is the crazy part of it," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday night, via ESPN. "You just come to expect it. And these 3s that he hits when there's just nothing there offensively and he just uses his dribble to free himself up, not exactly with a ton of space, just a few inches of space, and then he rises up and you expect every single one of them to go in. It's kind of crazy. He's in a really good groove."
Though there are others taking the lead in the early MVP race — LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic and others have gotten out to tremendous starts already this season — both Kerr and Curry think he’s right up there with everyone else.
"How could he not be?” Kerr said, via ESPN. “He's otherworldly."
As he already has two under his belt, having won the award back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, Curry knows he is playing well enough to compete for a third.
"The game speaks for itself," Curry said, via ESPN. "Those two [MVP] years is the exact same kind of conversation. Obviously, that's an amazing accomplishment, and being in that conversation with all that we've been through these last two years, that means something. Those narratives make themselves as you go throughout the season, and my job is obviously just be at the level that I expect to be, and usually that means you're at the top at the end of the season.
"I really try not to get distracted by that because it kind of taints the moment. And really right now, if I'm doing my job, then I'll be there at the end of the season, and that will take care of itself."
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