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Lowell Cohn: With season on the line, Warriors' Stephen Curry stands out again (w/video)

  • Stephen Curry gets ready to pass the ball off against Deandre Jordan of LA, during game six of Golden State's 100-99 playoff win against the Clippers, Thursday May 1, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

The series has involved teams almost not playing in protest and teams wearing black socks in protest, and it involved the commissioner banning Sterling for life in three days.

The series also has involved basketball. To an extent. The basketball came and went and sometimes was the secondary storyline.

But on Thursday night at Oracle Arena, the sold-out arena the Warriors want to dump, Curry played like a star. He had not always done that.

Warriors vs. Clippers Playoff Game 6

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He also had come and gone in this series, dominating some games, being passive and small in others. What would he do in Game 6, a game the Warriors had to win to save their season?

He scored 14 points in the first quarter, 18 in the first half, getting off that lightning-release jumper, and you realized he was the best player on the floor. He can be the best when things go right for him.

He needs things to go right, the floor spacing perfect, his teammates making screens for him, breaking him free.

If he had failed, the Warriors would have failed. He ended up with 24 points.

Before the game, Clippers' coach Doc Rivers, so honest, explained what makes Curry almost impossible to guard:

Q: "Why can you slow down Stephen Curry some nights and not others?"

Rivers: "Because he's Stephen Curry. He's really good. Sometimes, I think we slow him down. Sometimes, I think he becomes human and he misses shots. He's one of the greatest shooters I've ever seen. We're trying to just keep a big body in his face every time, but when he gets loose, especially in transition, he's deadly. We've limited our turnovers for the most part, and it seems like we've done them in bunches in this series, and that's when they make runs.


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