‘Complete Package Offensively’: Paul George Reveals Challenges of Guarding Stephen Curry After Loss vs Warriors

Published 10/22/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
October 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Off to an explosive start to the 2021-22 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors grabbed their second win of the season by defeating the LA Clippers, 115-113. A hefty 45-point game from Stephen Curry led the Dubs to a fun saga at Chase Center last night. After a performance of pure brilliance, the two-time MVP has left his opponents thinking.

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Terrific 45 points from Stephen Curry seal the deal for GSW

The Dubs were off to a terrific start against the Clippers. The ever-charismatic Curry went off in the first quarter, knocking down all of his shots to score 25 points in just 12 minutes. Although GSW led the scorecard by 19 points, within the next quarter, Paul George and co. wiped out their lead to start afresh.

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George, who put up 29 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists, sailed the Clippers ahead in points. However, Curry wasn’t exhausted yet, and he continued dropping shots till the very end.

Scoring 16-of-25 from the floor and 8-for-13 from the deep, the scoring juggernaut stunned the audience. With 56.8 seconds remaining, Curry bagged a three-pointer and sealed the deal. Similar to his previous game against the Lakers, Curry stepped up with 10 rebounds this time as well. Offensive dominance, coupled with some defensive possessions, was a perfect mix of Steph’s tenacity.

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Paul George calls Curry a ‘complete package’

Coming off a close final score, Clippers’ All-Star Paul George also had Steph Curry on his mind. Talking about guarding the 33-year-old superstar, Paul elaborated –

“I think you just have to know where he (Stephen Curry) is at. He’s so good. He’s got the complete package offensively… He’s mastered how to get free without dribbling the ball. He’s just so elusive and quick. One second you look away, he’s gone.”

Accompanying George’s 29 points, Eric Bledsoe also contributed 22 points to the Clippers’ score. Nonetheless, Ty Lue’s team couldn’t hold down Curry and the Warriors. They paved the way to a win, after defeating the Western Conference favorites, Lakers, in their previous game.

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It’s time for Klay Thompson to finally be back

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embrace after the Warriors� 104 to 99 victory over the Houston Rockets in game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Since two years of Klay Thompson‘s injury, Steph Curry has carried the pressure on himself. Surrounded by a bunch of youngsters, the veteran point guard has played a leadership role in Golden State. Thompson’s arrival is awaited by Dubs fans, expected to take place in December 2021.

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Curry’s ground-breaking form coupled with Thompson’s comeback should result in nothing less than a smooth postseason for the Warriors.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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