‘Always Be Ready’: Suns’ Mikal Bridges Discloses the Challenges of Guarding Steph Curry

Published 03/17/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates Klay Thompson’s three-point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA game at Oracle Arena on Friday, March 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) | Courtesy: Getty Images


The Phoenix Suns didn’t seem like they would lose their momentum after the hiatus, going 8-0. They beat the reigning champions, LA Clippers, Nuggets, and even Warriors in the race to the playoffs. Standing second behind the Utah Jazz in the West with a stellar 26-12 record, they have a star player among them. Of course, there is Devin Booker and Chris Paul, but Mikal Bridges has added to their success this season. And now Bridges has opened up about how he wants to tackle Steph Curry.

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Mikal Bridges on how to contain Steph Curry

Over the years, Bridges’ small role as a forward has skyrocketed, and this has only played out as an advantage for the Suns. In fact, it is his defense that has helped keep rival players at bay. Even his offensive prowess has seen a huge increase.

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Recently, Bridges sat with ESPN and had a film study in which he talked about what his plan is when up against Steph Curry.

He was asked, “With Steph, where does your pickup point have to be? And what are you trying to force him into?”. To which Bridges responded, “Just knowing that he could shoot it right over half court and just kind of be there…

“And he just got past me and just staying with the play. No, he’s not probably going to dunk it. But he is a really good finisher, especially for his size,” Bridges stated. He also explained that he is always going to stay on his hip and “always be ready.”

Mar 3, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hits a shot over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the first quarter of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors superstar is trouble

There is hardly any reason to justify why Stephen Curry won’t be a piece of cake for Bridges to guard. Labeled as one of the greatest shooters the NBA has ever seen, with tons of accolades to back it up, has got to mean something.

The biggest reason he is a threat to the defenders is not only can he shoot incredibly but has unique ways to get buckets. Many people doubted his potential when he entered the league, because of his size. However, he is the reason the Warriors have a dynasty.

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Unfortunately, the superstar has had some trouble with his teammates not staying healthy. With Klay Thompson out since 2019, the Warriors’ relevance in the league has slipped down a bit. But so far in the season, Curry has kept their heads above the water and with the tenth spot, they are still in playoff reckoning.

So, it is safe to say that it is Mikal who will have more difficulty facing Steph than the other way around.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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