Stephen Curry is 3-time champion, 2-time MVP and the greatest shooter in NBA history.
His resume is beyond reproach.
That said, he isn’t completely ungradable.
One player in particular has enjoyed a decent amount of success against him in recent years.
That player? Dillon Brooks of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dillon Brooks had a huge grin on his face when I mentioned that the Grizzlies have been a thorn in the Warriors.
Here’s his take on the matchup, guarding Steph, and playing at Chase Center. pic.twitter.com/HCLwMPr68F
— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) December 23, 2021
“I love going against Steph,” Brooks said this past week.
“It’s just challenging to me physically and mentally to be able to, you know, be so concerned and detail-oriented about him. Because if you have one mistake he won’t let you up, but it’s just great to come into this building (Chase Center), specially the crowd you know, the crowd is in the top five in this league for sure and can’t wait to play tomorrow.”
During a postgame interview session with Draymond Green, a reporter brought up Brooks as someone who tends to give Curry a lot of trouble.
Green dismissed that notion.
“I don’t think nobody in the world likes to defend Steph. So I ain’t buying that sh— I mean stuff.”
– Draymond pic.twitter.com/4VIwvgdfU7
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) December 24, 2021
“I don’t think nobody in the world likes to defend Steph. So I ain’t buying that sh— I mean stuff. But, you know, he (Steph Curry) got it going. You know, you get a couple of easy ones there in that first quarter,” Green said.
“You know, sitting on top of it, a couple of layups, see the ball go through the rim and then from there you just got it going…”
That being said, the stats don’t lie. Brooks really does give Curry problems:
Stephen Curry went actually guarded by Dillon Brooks
2018-19 Regular Season: 1-3 FG
2020-21 Regular Season: 4-13 FG | 1-5 3PT
2021 Play-in: 5-11 FG | 1-4 3PT
This season: 2-7 FG | 2-5 3PT
You Curry meatriders are clowns, matchup stats exist for a reason, use those next time https://t.co/GGqWFXtNWd
— Omo Mustard (@yungmustard23) December 25, 2021
Of course, when you’re arguably the best guard in the world – there’s only so much defenders can do.
That’s one way to make a hospital visit less scary. https://t.co/1caZtYH4iq
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 25, 2021
Will this be the year Curry wins his fourth career title? Time will tell.