At the age of 34, Steve Curry played the best basketball of his life to carry the Warriors to a championship during the 2022 postseason.
Curry averaged 27.4 points, 5.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds during the playoffs. In the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Curry fared better, putting in 31.2 game points — including a historic 43-point performance in a Game 4 win.
The post-season outburst was followed by a regular season for Curry that was – by his standards – not necessarily at the level of production he had shown in previous years. His 38 percent clip from Beyond the Arc was the lowest of his career.
But Curry saved his best in the end. Head coach Steve Kerr was asked on Wednesday if Carey is still in the prime of his life, even at an age when most stars are starting to decline.
“I think it peaked in the playoffs,” Kerr said. “I think it will be difficult for him next year at 35 and the next year to collect 82 matches as he did seven years ago.”
Kerr added that he believes the rhythm of the match schedule has helped Curry, who can focus on one opponent and has a certain number of rest days between matches.
“But in the playoffs, when you have time off between matches and you’re really locked in, that was the best I’ve ever seen in terms of his performance both ways,” Kerr said. “His defense was amazing. He became much stronger.”
As Kerr said, Curry also kept his defense in the finals against the likes of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Opponents usually target Curry on defense due to his fatigue and because of his smaller size.
“So Steve hasn’t been better defensively, and like I said, in playoffs when you have time to rest at 34, 35, 36, there’s no reason why he can’t keep doing the playoff rounds like this,” Kerr said. “But it’s all there for him, and we know he’s going to work for her. It’s fun being a part of it.”
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It’s hard to believe Curry won back-to-back MVP awards over half a decade ago and is still playing the best basketball of his career.
But his numbers and performance in qualifying certainly confirm that perception. If this Curry is at 34, he surely has more elite seasons in basketball.
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