The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 114-91 on Tuesday night.
Stephen Curry had yet another epic performance, putting up 32 points in 32 minutes on 11-of-20 shooting — reminding everyone why at least one legend is proud to call him his favorite player in the NBA.
After the fact, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke to the media and divulged an interesting nugget.
Apparently, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacted in a very Popovich-esque way to Curry single-handedly humiliating his squad on Tuesday night.
“He told me after the game that he had been considering Steph for the Olympic team, but he said after the way Steph embarrassed him tonight he’s no longer in consideration,” Kerr relayed.
Popovich, of course, is the head coach of USA Basketball’s senior men’s team. Kerr, in addition to Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova’s Jay Wright, serves as an assistant for Team USA.
Popovich’s reaction shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has heard the infamous story of what he texted Danny Green after the Los Angeles Lakers won last year’s championship.
The Bucks owner’s daughter decided to bring 2021 in with a bang by stripping all her clothes off. https://t.co/UgzhEEna4o
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
Interestingly enough, Curry has never actually appeared on Team USA’s Olympic roster for a variety of reasons. That said the two-time MVP did lead the American side to gold at the 2010 and 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cups.
Jokes notwithstanding, Curry is playing some tremendous basketball right now. He is the engine that is pushing Golden State forward despite the team’s obvious talent deficiencies, and his ability to influence the game in a myriad of ways is on full display every night.
On Monday, the Spurs defeated the Warriors in a hard-fought battle 105-100 — despite Curry completely fooling DeMar DeRozan in hilarious fashion. Rather than let that get them down, Golden State came back hard and blew the opposition out 24 hours later. That’s the mark of a resilient group – and their toughness stems from the ferociousness of their best player.