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Analysis: Warriors’ Curry Is Locked & Loaded For History

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Stephen Curry shoots over Nuggets Andre Miller during Game Four of the Western Conference quarterfinals. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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By Zach Harper, NBA Writer

OAKLAND (CBS Sports) — Stephen Curry is the greatest 3-point shooter I’ve ever seen.

I don’t know if this is me overreacting to the moment in which Curry is treating Denver Nuggets’ players like a ball rack in a 3-point contest or if I’m level-headed about this and trying to brainstorm any shooter I’ve ever seen let it fly like this. But the things we’re seeing from Curry go beyond a hot series or an outlier that could be cooled off with a better defense. The Golden State Warriors’ point guard is the most unique shooter we’ve ever seen because of his shot selection and his touch.

When you look at the attempts he flings out there over the course of a game, it’s like looking at Kobe Bryant’s shot selection with Ray Allen’s deft touch. He doesn’t just spot up from behind the 3-point arc and wait for a pass. He’s creating the majority of his looks with his dribbling ability and his feet. And his feet are always perfect, no matter what type of 3-point shot he’s attempting.

Curry is assigned the task of leading the Warriors’ attack. He’s the point guard or lead guard in most five-man units they throw out there. The way to maximize his talents is to let him run pick-and-rolls and carve up the defense. His passing ability is a big key in this because you can’t just trap him. You’ll have Andrew Bogut or Carl Landry or any other viable Warriors’ weapon rolling to the basket where the baskets are supposed to be easier to make.

READ MORE from CBS Sports about Curry’s unique style of play and its impact for the Warriors…

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