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Old 11-26-2008, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default Stephen Curry held scoreless...

Surprising? Sure, a little, given that Curry is pretty much amazing at shooting the basketball. He took only 3 shots in this one. How'd he get stopped?

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DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP)—By the third possession, Davidson’s Stephen Curry had figured it out. Loyola (Md.) was double-teaming him. Everywhere, on each possession, no matter what the scenario.

So Curry decided to test the triangle-and-2 defense taken to the ultimate extreme. He went into the corner and two defenders followed him, setting up a 4-on-3 for his teammates.
And then Loyola stuck with it the entire game...losing 78-48.

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“I know the fans are mad at me, but I had to roll the dice as far as a coach goes. I’m not some rookie coach,” said Patsos, a former longtime assistant at Maryland. “I won a national title as a top assistant coach to Gary Williams. For 13 years I spent on Tobacco Road. I coached a couple of No. 1 picks in the draft. And we scored 48 points. That’s the problem that Loyola basketball had today.”
I give him credit for doing something to try and stop Curry, but I'm not sure I agree with him on their problem just being the low amount of points they scored. If you have guys playing 4 on 3 the entire time, they're going to be able to produce something.
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:13 PM   #2
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Yeah, holding a team to 78 points in a college game is not exactly stifling defense. It just goes to show how special of a player Curry is. A lot of guys in Curry's position would have resided themselves to forcing up shots through the double team. The scary thing is even after going scoreless in that game he is still averaging 29 points a game.
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It almost seemed intentional to me. How does a star like Curry only get 3 shots? But setting up teammates won the game, and if Curry recognized mismatches because of his double teams, that's a very unselfish thing to do as opposed to hoisting up shots. Regardless, I'm skeptical of Curry's prospects at the next level. He is J.J. Redick, Pt. 2, IMO...
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But the biggest reason for Redick's lack of success has been an inability to stay healthy enough to play consistent minutes. There are also differences in their games. Curry is much better off the dribble than Redick and can play the point where Redick is strictly a scorer.
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I normally don't invest too much time and energy in players that are not Tigers for obvious reasons but I go to great lengths to watch this kid's games. I enjoy watching him because he is one of the most intelligent basketball players I have seen in years and his performance against West Virginia last night was special. In spite of his struggles shooting he kept dishing out the assists and making great passes and like all great players he took over in the end.
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It is going to come down to Curry, Hansbrough, and Blake Griffin for Player of the Year. It will be interesting to see where he ends up in the NBA Draft. There are some around these parts who think he could go #1 but I don't know. I think Griffin still holds the edge because you win rings with big men.
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