NBA Insider Reveals Warriors’ Steph Curry’s Unique Heart Rate Controlling Technique

Published 01/22/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) brings the ball down the court against the San Antonio Spurs during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


If there is one team that has been supremely unpredictable so far, it’s the Golden State Warriors. On one hand, they defeat the reigning champions with ease, but on the other, they also come out losers against a team like the Indiana Pacers.

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Let’s put it this way – whenever Stephen Curry is in form, the Warriors automatically win the match.

What can Stephen Curry not do?

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There are no two ways to the fact that Steph is one of a kind. If it weren’t for him, Golden State would not have any relevance in the league right now.

A lot of the credit also goes to his partner in crime, Klay Thompson, but the way Curry has established himself is unmatched.

While we all knew he had a unique style of playing, there is another skill that Steph possesses and probably nobody else in the league does. The Warriors superstar can actually control his heart rate in between games.

As per ESPN’s David Fleming, “Curry’s second wind comes from his ability to rapidly lower his heart rate during short breaks, even in the middle of games. It’s something he trains his body to do.

“Once he’s out of breath at the end of most workouts, Curry lies on his back, and [personal trainer Brandon] Payne places sandbag weights below his rib cage in order to overload, and train, Curry’s diaphragm. Through conditioning and breathing techniques like this, Curry can often coax his heart rate below 80 during one 90-second timeout.”

Jan 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) returns to defense after a three point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Where are the Warriors headed?

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There was a lot of speculation over how Golden State will play without Klay Thompson. However, it looks like Steph has it handled as long as his supporting cast has his back. Their highlight games so far have been against the Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail Blazers, in which Curry has scored 93 points in total.

If he continues to put up such impressive numbers, nobody can stop them from a shot at the title. However, their biggest problem so far is their consistency. On some days, the supporting cast does their job, and on other days, they don’t. There is only so much Curry can do alone.

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Do you think the Warriors have it in them to challenge the competitive teams this season?

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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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