Warriors tandem making 3s at unprecedented pace

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013
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Curry admits there's "not as much creativity" to find seams when he's running through screens off the ball. At the same time, he recognizes defenses will trap him on pick-and-rolls late to get the ball out of his hands — the reason Jackson often utilizes him as a shooting guard during key stretches.

If there's a flaw in the Warriors' way, it might be that Curry and Thompson defer too much.

"I don't recall many bad shots by those guys," Jackson said. "They're very patient, and they take good, quality looks. I think they're unselfish. And with many players with that mentality, you're unselfish to a fault."

Curry's confounding pass-first mentality, at times, has been especially perplexing.

The diminutive point guard who dazzled at Davidson has shown what he could do on the NBA's biggest stage, scoring a career-high 54 points in a 109-105 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27. He shot 11 of 13 from beyond the arc that game, including his favorite of the season — dribbling behind the back against Raymond Felton, using a screen and shooting over Tyson Chandler while getting knocked to the floor for his ninth 3-pointer.

"Any time he stops on a dime in transition after speed dribbling, crossover, or does anything, you're sitting there like, 'Wow,'" Jackson said. "And not that it goes in. But if I made that shot, I'd be standing their watching it, making sure it looked good, felt good, and then I would act like I knew it was good.

"If he's letting it go after that work, his body language is saying it's money. It's a thing of beauty watching. We are truly witnessing greatness from an all-time great shooter."

Curry's excellence also has pushed Thompson, and vice versa.

Thompson played most of his rookie year without Curry, who was sidelined with repeated problems on his now twice surgically repaired right ankle. Now they often hold shooting competitions, including making jumpers on one side of the free throw line and a corner 3-pointer — each make counts as one point and each miss as minus-two. First person to 10 wins.

"I've always been the best shooter on my team, from middle school on, I would say," Thompson said. "To have a guy on my team who is just as good if not better than me, it's really challenging, and I'm competitive."

With both about to surpass 200 3-pointers this season, it's also hard not to imagine what might be possible the longer they play together.

"Maybe one day," Thompson said, "we'll each get 250."

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Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP



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