The magic math of Steph Curry’s terrific touch

April 16, 2015

It’s difficult to set the sports world abuzz during a practice. We are, after all, talking about practice.

But Steph Curry of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors did just that on Tuesday, hitting 77 three-point shots in a row, much to the amazement of, well, everybody. 

At 6′ 3″ and 190 lbs., Curry’s size is pedestrian by NBA standards, but for a man of 27, he has a notable history of beating expectations. Under-recruited out of high school, Curry led tiny Davidson College to the NCAA’s Elite Eight in 2009. His 28.6 points per game average were tops in the nation on the way to earning consensus All-America honors.

This year, Curry led the Golden State Warriors to the best record in the NBA and is a favorite for league MVP. For the regular season, Curry hit 286 threes, breaking his own NBA record. He also won the league’s three-point contest in February, setting a record in the process.

Golden State starts their playoff run on Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Warriors are hoping that Curry’s talent and competitiveness—check out his reaction at missing his 78th in a row on Tuesday—will once again add up to exceeded expectations.

 

 

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