‘Played Like Trash’: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry Gives Humble Opinion After Opening Night Win vs LeBron James’ Lakers

Published 10/20/2021, 2:00 AM EDT
Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a ball against Los Angeles Lakers center DeAndre Jordan (10) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors are coming off a victory in the season-opening game against the Los Angeles Lakers. There were various takeaways for both sides in this game – Anthony Davis stepping up yet falling short and LeBron’s increased reliance on shooting from beyond the arc for the Lakers. And the scoring output from all the non-all-star players on the Warriors roster. Yet, this victory was a bittersweet experience for the splash brother, Stephen Curry.

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While the team won, Curry had some surprising and humble views about his performance in the game. In the post-game interview, he said that in his opinion his performance was “trash.”

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Stephen Curry with the humble opinion after victory

Stephen Curry recorded his first triple-double since January 22, 2016, in tonight’s game against the Lakers. However, his performance on the offensive end wasn’t up to the caliber that he sets for himself. Therefore, in the post-game interview with a journalist from TNT, Stephen Curry said this about his performance.

“This is a good feeling, we had a lot of excitement coming into the season. A new cast of characters mixed with our core, and we weathered the storm tonight. Obviously, I played like trash, shot the ball terribly. But if we can win a game like that, where we created some good shots and stuck with it defensively, I guess a pretty good team. Get a win like that that’s a good omen for us.” 

Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) dribbles a ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

What does this mean for the Golden State Warriors?

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Despite the victory, Steph was not satisfied with his performance. However, he had a fixed plan to come back to right path he expects from himself. He said, “So we gotta learn from our mistakes, quit turning the ball over, make some more shots, then we’ll be good.” 

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So, the Warriors saw a lot of their offensive contribution come from bench and young core players like Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Nemanja Bjelica and Damion Lee.

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Do you think the Golden State would maintain this confidence deeper into the regular season? Will Stephen Curry bounce back to his old scoring levels and become the scoring champion again? Or has he accepted the role of the playmaker for this young roster? Only time will tell.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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