SAN FRANCISCO – Something dawned Stephen Curry When the Golden State Warriors staged their first formal title search in almost three years: he’s an old guy now.
“When you look at some of those guys, you’re reminded of how young they are,” Curry said, thinking about the NBA’s stellar performance as the Warriors prepare for Mavericks’ arrival in San Francisco. “Jason Tottam Is 24. Luke [Doncic] Is 23. Yes [Morant] Was 22 years old. This is the only part where you think, ‘Hell, they’re really young.’ You are thinking about what you were doing at that age and trying to get into this scene [play] Playoff basketball. “
The NBA has long been a gerontocracy, a league governed by veterinarians who respect the school of upstarts – and sometimes persecution – before giving up pride. Some NBA stars in recent decades have been lifting the Championship trophy to their early prime – certainly not without a lot of help. At the loss of Carrie, America’s longtime beloved little brother, who graduated as a senior politician at the age of 34, Danzig has plans to speed up his path.
The Warriors’ 112-87 Game 1 blowout victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the Chase Center on Wednesday night was a timely reminder that in the NBA, championships are still the best source of inspiration. Although he was guarded by Mavericks’ tough defensive guard Reggie Bullock, The target of Tonsik’s big-and-roll attack, was occasionally blitz by an unnaturally inaccurate second defender from the free throw line. In the first game of this Western Conference final he led all the players in points (21), rebounds (12) and assists (four, tied with four others), and for the first time in his playoff career he did so in all three divisions. ESPN statistics and information data.
“We are very comfortable on this platform,” Carrie said. “There’s a lot of gratitude for coming back here and a greater sense of urgency in not letting the opportunity slip. Who knows how it plays out, but I enjoy every part of it. I know Clay [Thompson] That is, I know Tremond [Green] This is because we have not played meaningful games at this time of year for two years. This is special. “
Victory Curry or Warriors is not the most artistic exhibition of their trademark style. They were urgent at first, and there were some classic clips for the patented split cut for the vault. Nonetheless, there have been numerous instances in which the Warriors have consistently revealed telepathy, moments when Green’s defensive defense destroyed a high percentage of the Dallas shot attempt, or Curry got out of trouble by a back-down courtesy. Kevon Looney. The Warriors turned most of the night against the Mavericks, who wanted to allow Tonzi to take possession separately at half court. Thanks for the defensive mission Andrew WigginsThe first conference final of the Warriors Danzig made his life difficult.
He is also the series’ opening player, reporting on how influential Golden State is in the trends that will define NBA basketball in 2022. 19 They ran an overnight 5-out program to maximize shots and spacing more than they did from beyond the curve, which was passed by the Warriors during their descent run. At all times, the Warriors relied on a thin center with a limited range to maximize their internal defense and regeneration, and took twice as many shots from Long Midrange as they did on the edge.
For a team that revolutionized the league in the 2010s, Golden State was positively Jurassic – and utterly effective.
“Teams are knocking us out of the 3-point line,” Thompson said. “This time of year – [coach] Steve [Kerr] Always lute on it – that will be the midrange jump. Andrew, Steff and I, [Jordan Poole]It worked for us tonight. “
It is not uncommon for even the most ardent idealists to embrace pragmatism in middle age. As they climbed to greatness, the Warriors broke the usual NBA basketball rules, rewriting some and devising some new ones. Now, having lost injuries and key contributors in the wilderness for three years, the team has embraced the combination of Homespoon Warriors wisdom and practical magic.
While the Warriors fully appreciate that Dallas may not reflect on the gruesome shooting they unleashed on the Phoenix Sun last week, the Mavs are unlikely to miss more than three-quarters of the effort going forward in the series.
For his part, Curry – who graduated from Davidson College last weekend – is the mentor and rival to the new class of NBA stars. Flowering relatively late, Curry was amazed at Morant’s work and leadership during the Warriors’ victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the conference semifinals. Curry also acknowledged that it would not be easy to stop Grizzly’s young artist in the future.
But age confirms self-confidence. Three rings, two MVP awards and a guy who changed the way NBA basketball is played tells him he can trust his instincts without fail. Age reminds Curry that the clock is ticking.
“I’m not trying to claim the ‘old boy’ tag,” Curry said before Game 1. “But how hungry they are for us to do that.”