Stephen Curry had his 7th 30-point game this postseason. With an impressive scoring run, 34 years old Steph is on course to catch Michael Jordan and LeBron James’ impressive record in the playoffs.
Golden State Warriors made an impressive start to the postseason and continued their run behind red hot and firing Stephen Curry. In the recent game against Dallas Mavericks, Curry scored team-high 31 points to win the away game for the team. It was his 7th game with 30+ points this postseason, closing on to one more splendid record held by Michael Jordan and LeBron James. 34 years old Curry became only the 3rd player to score more than 30 points on that many occasions and still has at least 1 more game in hand.
LeBron James averaged around 30 points in the 2020 Championship run where he was 35 years old and finally won his 4th title. Michael Jordan on the other hand did this in 2 different playoff series where he averaged 33.5 points and 32.3 points in the 1998 and 1997 playoffs; winning the title on both occasions. Interestingly they were finals MVP on all 3 said occasions.
NBA History keeping up with Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors didn’t need “home court advantage” as they controlled the game in American Airlines Arena to take dominating 3-0 lead in Western Conference Finals against Dallas Mavericks. Though the venue was different, nothing seemed to be changed for the Warriors. Just like the previous 2 games, the Warriors made collective efforts to win the game and Luka Doncic solely provided some resistance with considerably “not enough” support from other stars.
Now with a 3-0 lead in the series, the Warriors team would be feeling confident about winning the conference title, as per NBA history there has never been a team to win an NBA playoff series after trailing 3-0. So the Golden State Warriors would consider themselves competing for the NBA title against Eastern Champions.
Individually also Stephen Curry would be pleased with the proceedings. Steph scored 30+ points in 7 games this postseason and the team won 6 of those games. Lebron James (8 games) and GOAT Michael Jordan (total of 22 games from 2 different playoffs) had similar scoring sprees, and their team benefitted from it.
James won his 4th NBA champion in 2020 and 4th Finals MVP award. Similarly, Michael Jordan completed his 2nd three-peat with wins in the 1997 and 1998 NBA finals and won his last 2 Finals MVP awards in the process. Curry won 3 NBA Championships but was never finals MVP. A deserving star would be ecstatic with the possibility of winning that individual honor and 4th title. We might witness the same incoming few days.