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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 28, 2016

Steph musings are everywhere, why not here, too?

I don’t have to go too far to find a good comparison. Steph Curry is like Barry Bonds. The frequency of the bombs. The distance of the bombs. The way you feel as a fan watching true greatness unfold live and unscripted in front of you. Steph is unadulterated joy meeting utter disbelief.

Barry was like that, too.

There were too many moments in last night’s epic game to recall this morning. Especially this being a baseball blog and all. I still can’t believe Andre Iguodala, a bad free throw shooter, hit those 2 shots in that situation to send the game to OT. I still don’t know what Kevin Durant was doing when he got trapped. Draymond scoring 60.5 DK fantasy points with exactly 2 real points scored. And more globally thinking, I still don’t understand how Steph hits shots from so far away so consistently. He’s stretching the range of our imagination the same way he’s stretching the range of his shot. Bang. Bang. Double bang.

Barry did that, too.

He’s Steph Curry yo. He does things no one else can do.

 

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  1. Bozo said, on February 28, 2016 at 6:18 am

    This guy agrees with you –
    Earvin Magic Johnson Verified account
    ā€@MagicJohnson

    If @StephenCurry30’s game winning 3-pointer doesn’t prove he’s the greatest shooter we’ve ever seen, I don’t know what will!

    And, so does this guy –
    LeBron James Verified account
    ā€@KingJames

    @StephenCurry30 needs to stop it man!! He’s ridiculous man! Never before seen someone like him in the history of ball!

  2. Macdog said, on February 28, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Someone at work said Iguodala isn’t a good free throw shooter, but needing two to force OT, I said I wouldn’t bet against him. A special team led by an out-of-this-world player. Can’t the playoffs just start already?

  3. xoot said, on February 28, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Sfgate has a vid of the entire last Curry play, from in-bounding to the 3 pointer itself. The vid here is shorter and captures the best part. But what’s great about the sfgate version is the still shot on the video link, before you start the thing running. Curry is just about to shoot, right arm curled back, eyes on the distant hoop, no worry about the huge guy defending. cool as can be.

    I like the Bonds comparison because it’s very true that the day in day out spectacle is just astonishing (especially when you’re rooting for the team to begin with). But Curry’s cool, relaxed, calculating eye at the critical moment — isn’t that reminiscent of Joe Montana?

  4. unca_chuck said, on February 28, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I just wish Steph would get the brush fouls that Wade, Harden, and Co get. He regularly gets mugged, shoved, and harassed with or without the ball.

  5. alleykat69 said, on February 28, 2016 at 8:34 am

    One thing for sure Draymond Green’s spewing four letter venom at halftime must of fired up the team.On the other hand, he’s in a funk the last 4 games shooting the rock, and that was probably the reason he went ballastic and said: “Hey if you don’t want me to shoot the ball I won’t”! Something is eating at him right now, just hope it doesn’t turn into a distraction for the team..

  6. willedav said, on February 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

    He was ready to shoot and let it go, said afterward it felt good and he had room because Roberson was still shuffling and Westbrook was on other side of floor. I mean, when he has the ball in his hands, the most dangerous guy in the game even from 35 feet.

    Green had one of dangest lines I’ve ever seen—0 for 8 from floor, 2 for 5 from FT line, 14 boards 14 assists 4 blocks 6 steals. That’s 37 plus points without making a shot the entire game.

    While Steph (and Klay) are proving one thing Green is setting an example of all the other things you can do without shooting or scoring to help your team win.

    Bonds had seasons like no one else. The outrageous OB pcts of the pitch to barry years combined with rockets when he got something to hit, even from likes of Greg Maddux, were nonpareil.

  7. eddacker said, on February 28, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Truelove to watch the amazing play last season and this from the warriors; basketball is fun to watch again. Last night was the rare game broadcast not on pay-per-view and it was a winner. OK had all the pieces to win that game. But the team rose up and Curry, sore ankle and all floated to the top.

    Ran out at the half to grab some tacos from the sidewalk vendors over on the Mexican side of town and when I got back Curry gets stepped on and leaves. wadda player.

  8. eddacker said, on February 28, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I must not be following the right streams because I have seen only one Pence video, the engagement. My pre-ST beliefs for Cain was all incantations and smoked fueled dancing around candles. And faith. So sad to have that shattered so early. Somehow the Giants have kept building and look good right now, sans injury.
    But so have several other teams, competition should be strong this season.
    Go Gigantes!

  9. pawliekokonuts said, on February 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I have to disagree, Magnus. Steph Curry is more like Willie Mays than Barry Bonds. Here is why: Bonds was sullen, strong, dramatic, taut, tough, money. Mays was supple, sleek, dramatic, money, and FUN. He had boyish elan, charm, delight, abandon. FUN. That was elemental. Curry has that sense of abandon and suppleness and FUN. It’s a big difference from taut and withdrawn superior talent. FUN can’t be faked.

    • Flavor said, on February 28, 2016 at 11:30 am

      totally agree. I just mean in terms of his audacious disdain for mere mortal sports performances. He’s a god. A sports god but still a god.

  10. willedav said, on February 28, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Mac, the Hall taking apart Xavier, one of top teams in country.
    Great week for Jersey b-ball with Monmouth clinching top seed in tourney.

    cbs guy has Cal ranked 21st and ahead of Arizona, who they play next weekend.

    More fun that first week of real tourney imo is the week of conference ones where you get to see different leagues and players battle it out to get in.

    • Macdog said, on February 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Whitehead hit a Curry-like 3 a few minutes go with shot clock winding down. Very good PG. Hall’s kind of an enigma, but it’ll be good to see a team from a major conference here get back to the tourney.

      MU had struggled of late, not helped by losing a starter two weeks ago to broken wrist. But they had a few days off and got it together to beat up sub-.500 Rider to clinch MAAC top seed. A buddy and I were hoping to go to home finale today vs. Niagara, but it’s sold out, and our MU connection couldn’t get us freebies.

  11. Flavor said, on February 28, 2016 at 11:29 am

    working out down at our local baseball field this morning— group of about 8 ten year olds down there huddled around the pitchers mound all decked out in their little league unis. I walked closer to see what they were doing. They were each taking shots at shooting a baseball basketball style into the ball bucket about 12 feet away. Each one of them was saying “Curry for 3!”.
    We’ve come along way since the Bobby Sura years….

    • pawliekokonuts said, on February 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

      lovely story

  12. snarkk said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I get a kick out of some of the national sports talk radio dipsticks falling over themselves to gin up controversy — that the Dubs aren’t that good, it’s a mirage, the Spurs are actually better, LeBron is still the man, Curry isn’t THE superstar until he does this for a few more years, yada yada. Hold on. This team is 53-5. 53-5. That’s winning at a 91+% clip. Yeah, 91%! For perspective, If the Giants did that, they’d start the season at 104-10. Whatever happens, however the season ends, this has been an incredible ongoing sporting spectacle so far. This is historic territory, and we’re seeing a guy do things nobody in the sport has done before. How people can criticize a guy that does what Curry does is beyond me, as if he’s somehow cheating, or nobody’s trying to stop him, so it’s no big deal he’s shooting 60+% on 30 foot shots. If he keeps this up with another championship or two, he’s going to eclipse Montana as the biggest Bay Area sports legend — and rightfully so…

    • zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Yeah, the curmudgeonly quotes about Curry coming from Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Steven Jackson, and Phil Jackson are a sad spectacle. What REALLY prompts them to post those things? I really think it’s just plain jealousy and remorse over the way time passes and can leave former players behind. Basketball is drawing a lot of younger fans, which is cool, but those younger fans aren’t much into that sport’s history. They barely know about Jordan; and Oscar Robertson means nothing to them. Whereas, baseball fans, overall, tend to know that sport’s history better. Who won the NBA title in 2004? I’d have to look it up. But a lot of baseball fans can scroll through their memory and go year by year and remember who won the World Series.
      Curry is what’s happening NOW, and he’s doing historic things, and he is LOVED by basketball fans across the nation, not just Warrior fans, and that is hard for some former players to swallow. Kobe is already dusty old news, and he’s still playing!
      Curry and the Warriors have brought life back to the NBA; it wasn’t LeBron or Tim Duncan that did that. It’s Curry and crew. Bird and Magic are long gone. Jordan is long gone. Kobe was never loved much. LeBron’s mercenary trip to Miami for a few years alienated a lot of folks. Curry has yet to alienate people. I don’t think the “shimmy” will alienate people.

      • snarkk said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm

        I’m old enough to remember the NBA in the late 60s. I can remember watching the Celtics with Russell as players coach, playing ball against the Sixers, the Knicks, the Lakers. In those days, and into the early 70s, the NBA ball was like the Warriors play now. Movement, passing, fast break. The games were 125 – 118 type games. It wasn’t grabass, tough D. It was fast, pass, make cuts, backdoors, make layups, take the shot. The only difference for the Dubs is they take the 3 shot, which didn’t exist back then. If anybody thinks the Celts or the Lakers or the Knicks back then wouldn’t have taken advantage of the 3, they’re crazy. Havlicek, Sam Jones, Clyde Frazier, West, Hal Grier, Bill Bradley, all those guys would have shot the 3, if they had it available. Think of that Celts/Suns classic series in the mid 70s. That was flat out shoot the rock and run type ball. Rick Barry wouldn’t have shot the crap out of the 3 ball? Give me a break. Barry would have averaged 40 points a game with the 3 available, because he averaged 30 without it. Oscar was a great player in his day, but he wasn’t a great long range shooter. Plus, his career was nearly over in the early 70s. Dubs are making the NBA fun to watch again, when THEY play. Most of the league is still crap to watch. Hawks v. Wizards? Nets vs. Pacers? Lakers v. Suns? RU kidding me — who watches that garbage?…

      • zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm

        People in daily fantasy leagues. šŸ™‚

      • snarkk said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        I guess so, zum. That’s why Silver has been making so much noise about being cozy with it and gambling in general…

  13. zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    5 Giants made the MLB Network’s Top 100 Players Right Now list.
    Posey, Crawford, MadBum, Cueto, and…..Belt! Very cool for him.
    Belt was at #61, which shows the respect for his overall game, including defense. SABR cares more about defense than it did in years past. In “Moneyball,” Beane talks about how defense is over-rated. It turns out that belief had a short shelf life.
    Posey was the highest-rated Giant at #6, Crawford was at #33, Bum was at #40, his uniform number, and Cueto was something like #66 or so.

  14. zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Their top 3 were pretty predictable:
    1. Trout
    2 Harper
    3. Kershaw
    Some might have rearranged the top 3, but I think a lot of folks would pick those as the top 3.
    I could see someone making a case for McCutcheon in the Top 3, though.

    • snarkk said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      How does MadBum go to 40, and Kershaw is at 3?…

      • zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

        Funny you should mention that; one of the pundits on the show said, in a game 7, he wants MadBum.
        The list is heavily SABR-influenced, and doesn’t seem to count playoff stats. But even so, Bum’s regular season stats aren’t that far off of Kershaw. Plus Bum can hit like no pitcher in decades.
        There were many perplexing things about their list.

  15. Flavor said, on February 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Is anyone else concerned about this tendinitis in Pence’s foot? That’s probably the only injury he could get where I wouldn’t blame it on too much off season fucking

  16. zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Dodger fans loathe MadBum because he’s having the playoff career they wish Kershaw was having. I read something where some Dodger fans felt that Kershaw’s great performance in Game 4 of the NLDS eliminated any doubt about his playoff abilities. I kind of think they don’t get it though. Kershaw gave up 3 walks in the 7th inning of Game 1, at home, which led to 2 runs, which won the game for the Mets, and immediately put the Dodgers in the hole in that series. That’s not what an ace in the playoffs is supposed to be doing. Kershaw needed to be like Timmy in Game 1 vs. Atlanta in 2010. Go out there and dominate and win a 1-0 game for your team. THAT’S what Kershaw needs to prove he can do. No doubt he CAN do it, but he hasn’t done it yet for some reason.

  17. zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Kershaw’s playoff record IMPROVED this past season to 2-6, with a 4.59 ERA.

    • zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      MadBum: 7-3, and 2.14.

  18. zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    One of my favorite moments in Game 1 of the ’14 World Series. MadBum says: “You’re out, Aoki. Just head on over to your dugout.”

  19. snarkk said, on February 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I really wish the Giants would stop winning WSeries on the road.
    If they’re going to win another one this season, they need to win it at ATT…
    šŸ˜‰

    • zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Well, at least this happened at home. šŸ™‚

      • zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

        And this: šŸ™‚

  20. snarkk said, on February 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    After 3 in 6, I’m greedy now, zum. A WS win is no longer a pipedream, it’s history. So, I don’t just want another one, it has to be won in a new way – at home… šŸ˜‰

  21. snarkk said, on February 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    The parallel’s been drawn before, but with Curry on the front burner, it’s back again. A long-suffering, loyal fan base, years without a title, finally reaches the promised land led by a young, team prophet (Posey, Curry), Overall, led by a strong management team (Bochy, Kerr). Arguably, the Dubs fanbase was more loyal over the years in the wilderness. Let’s hope the karmic justice for both franchises continue…

  22. unca_chuck said, on February 28, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Yeah, the one thing that bums me out is that these guys are leaving the Coliseum Arena. Many many opposing teams have said how hard it is to play there as a road team. The crowd is right on top of the action. And they are loud and proud. I wonder if they lose that in the move to SF.

    I kinda liken it to what happened when the Giants moved, and the yuppies took over. The club level bars full of people watching basketball (or [urk] soccer) games and/or laptopping it DURING Giants games. Pissed me off to no end.

  23. unca_chuck said, on February 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    That being said, I’ happy that the Arena got to see a championship. They missed out in 1975.

  24. unca_chuck said, on February 28, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Fuck Cap’t. Jack, but I lost a lot of respect for Oscar Robertson. Did Joe Montana brag that his Niners could beat Seattle? Or Denver? Did Willie Mays brag that he could beat the 1987 Yankees? What is it about these guys and all the chirping?

    Magic Johnson had a great tweet yesterday that if yesterday’s game doesn’t convince you that Curry is the best shooter that ever was, then you aren’t paying attention.

    Here it is:

    If @StephenCurry30’s game winning 3-pointer doesn’t prove he’s the greatest shooter we’ve ever seen, I don’t know what will!

    • snarkk said, on February 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      I think the Logo has been very complimentary to Stephs skills in a historical sense, so not all the geezers are getting prickly. Besides, who made a rule that hand checking and cracking on a guy coming into the lane was ever “real” basketball? The version of the game I see the Dubs
      play is the version I prefer. It’s basketball, not tall-guy football…

  25. Irish Kevin said, on February 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Every era has it’s player, could some of the greats be as good as Curry? Maybe we just don’t know. My Favorite guy was Larry Bird, he was a consistant triple double dude. Television wasn’t what it was today, but from what I have read about Bird he was quite the trash talker.

  26. unca_chuck said, on February 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Oh yeah, great play stands on its own merit. Bird was amazing. As was Magic, Havlicek, Jerry West, the big O, on and on.

    I just don’t get Robertson saying ‘our team would have beat them.’ I highly doubt it despite the rule changes. Guys nowadays are a shitload stronger and more athletic from the top of the lineup to the bottom than they were in the 60s.. It’s a moot point anyway.

  27. willedav said, on February 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    You know Zum, not that Kershaw and LA would have the chance, but Bum finishing off game 7 and shutting down the Royals to close it out was epic. After all he had done all season and in playoffs to walk out onto the mound from the pen and finish them off once and for good was classic “game over.”

    • zumiee said, on February 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Yeah, the scorekeeper could have awarded him the win; but I think, in the long run, a 5 inning save to close out Game 7 sounds even cooler. It forever is a reminder of how he came out of the bullpen on 2 day’s rest to accomplish that.

  28. snarkk said, on February 29, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Cal pounded USC at Haas tonight, ending the reg home season with an 18-0 record, the team’s first ever season of no home losses. Onto Arizona schools in the desert later this week to finish the season…


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