Stephen Curry was in no mood to let Memphis Grizzlies spoil Warriors’ season finale. He turned it up big time with a massive 46 point haul to seal the 8th spot for his team in the Western Conference.
NBA 2020-21 regular season has reached it’s conclusion today and sets every Play-In and Playoff match-up. There has always been a substantial contingent of fans who await the post-season stage of the most premier professional basketball league for men in the world.
But today we will talk only about the regular season which started exactly 145 days ago. A season which usually comprises of 82 games was reduced to 72 games for 2020-21 due to pandemic-related factors.
Teams in each conference fight to finish in the Top 8 to qualify for the post-season phase. However, a Play-In schedule has been introduced this time around to give the 9th and 10th seeded teams an opportunity to qualify for the post-season.
For what is considered by many as a “long regular season”, National Basketball Association announces a scoring champion for every year. This is the player with the highest average points per game (PPG).
For the 2nd time in his 12-year old career, Golden State Warriors’ legendary point guard Stephen Curry has got his hands around this trophy. His 1st time was in the 2015-16 : a season where Golden State Warriors lost out to Lebron James’ inspired Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) in one of the most epic NBA Finals ever played!
BOTH SEASONS IN COMPARISON : STEPHEN CURRY
|POINTS PER GAME||31.8||30.1|
2020/21 REGULAR SEASON – CLOSE COMPETITORS TO CURRY: (PPG WISE)
|BRADLEY BEAL (Washington Wizards)||30.3|
|DAMIEN LILLARD (Portland Trail Blazers)||28.8|
|JOEL EMBIID (Philadelphia 76ers)||28.5|
|GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO (Milwaukee Bucks)||28.1|
|LUKA DONCIC (Dallas Mavericks)||27.7|
(Source : nba.com)
Curry sizzled throughout the 2020-21 season with 30+ scores on 37 occasions.
This included 30 or more points in 21 of his last 24 games to end the season. The seven-time All-Star also registered 40 or more points in 11 games, including red-hot performances with a career-high 62, 57, 53, 49 (twice) and 47.
This regular season was the second instance where Curry’s PPG shot over 30. As far as his career PPGs are concerned, this remarkable season turned out to be the best of his career.
He also was able to add the 3-point contest champion trophy this year; 2nd of his career. With the season high 3-point shots of 337, Curry has shown the same or even better shot accuracy than the title winning seasons of 2015, 2017 and 2018. His 3-point field goals attempted this season stand at an all-time second. With a conversion rate of 42.07%, Warrior legend will look to up the ante in the post-season games.
Whatever Golden State Warriors strives to achieve in the post-season, Stephen Curry will always be at the forefront of it. Dip in his form and the team will struggle to a great extent.
Warriors play LA Lakers on Wednesday, May 19th in Game 4 of the Play-in tournament schedule.