Warriors’ Steph Curry Left Stunned with Austin Rivers’ Domination Against Utah Jazz

Published 01/27/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Dec 29, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after a basket in the second half against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks’ Austin Rivers has probably extracted some real meaning out of Imagine Dragons’ Believer. He missed the preseason games for the Knicks (they won 3/4) and then four more regular games pertaining to a groin strain. But ever since he came back, his performance has been truly uplifting for the unit. So much so, that even Steph Curry could not hold himself from praising him.

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In the most recent game against the impressive Utah Jazz, Austin almost got his team another victory. However, the Knicks did as badly in the second half as they did amazing in the first. They lost the game 108-94, blowing away a flying start.

Jan 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New York Knicks guard Austin Rivers (8) shoots an open jump shot against the Utah Jazz during the second quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors’ Steph Curry hailed Austin’s performance

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Perhaps Steph was following the game between Utah Jazz and Knicks as he dropped a tweet to share his amazement. When the first half was still halfway from done, Austin Rivers dropped his fifth three-pointer to reach the 25 points mark. At that point, the Knicks were leading 48-34, and it was Rivers’ 10th conversion from as many field attempts. 

Looking at this phenomenal performance, an excited and stunned Stephen Curry tweeted – 

On the downside, Austin could not continue with the performance as he went scoreless in the second half. What could have been a 40+ point game for the young man turned into a distasteful one. He was 0/4 in the next leg of the game, and that inefficiency cost them the game. 

Austin Rivers’ absolute faith in the New York Knicks

Well, the Knicks are still enjoying a decent year so far when compared to their last few seasons. They certainly got their new year ruined at the hands of the Toronto Raptors, but thanks to Austin’s clutch play, they bounced back 106-102 against the loaded Indiana Pacers. Just 20 days ago, they had even defeated the Jazz with Austin’s  23 points helping the double-double by star forward Julius Randle.

The Knicks did not stop just there, as they defeated Curry’s GSW 119-104 this week, even without Austin Rivers. Austin had even dropped a lengthy comment on Knicks’ official IG handle to explain how much belief he carries in the present-day Knicks. 

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He mentioned how they’re such a young unit and expressed, “Usually don’t comment on this type of stuff. But It’s a process. Trust us. We getting better.” He keeps mentioning this team building on his personal handle as well. Doc Rivers’ son and a wonderful player, Austin, is certainly a lover of his franchise.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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