‘Very Polished’: Warriors’ Steph Curry Reacts After Being Outshined by Luka Doncic’s Career Night

Published 02/07/2021, 3:26 AM EST
Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) passes the ball over Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Doncic just had one of the best games of his career. He tied his career-high 42 points with the Dallas Mavericks, as they defeated the Golden State Warriors. It was a solid performance from Doncic, as he helped the Mavericks overcome Steph Curry’s 57 points. After the game, Steph Curry had some kind words for Luka Doncic.

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Steph Curry praises Luka’s game

Steph Curry spoke to the press after the Warriors’ loss. He praised Luka Doncic’s game and said that he is playing at an extremely high level at the current moment. “He’s just very polished. Who knows how high the ceiling is for him, but he’s playing at a very elite level.”

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Curry’s words should be taken very seriously. As a former two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion, Curry has a knack for identifying talent. Curry himself is one of the greatest players in NBA history. He has broken records and created amazing moments with his incredible shooting prowess and ability to score the basketball.

Doncic has been raising eyebrows since entering the NBA. He won the Rookie of the Year accolade in his first season while showing the world what he could do with the Dallas Mavericks. Last season, Luka became an All-Star for the first time, made the All-NBA first team, and lead the Mavericks to their first playoff series in years.

Doncic in great form right now

During the playoff series against the Clippers, Luka Doncic was in sensational form. He made the iconic buzzer-beater against the Clippers to force the series to six games. However, after losing Kristaps Porzingis to injury, Doncic could not single-handedly take the Mavericks past the Clippers. However, his performance in the series showed cause for excitement about the Mavs’ future.

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This season, Doncic was expected to be an MVP contender. And while he started the season off slow, he is quietly transforming into one of the front runners for the accolade. However, the Mavericks have still not been one of the top teams in the conference as expected. Doncic himself noted that the team is struggling to adjust to the quick turnaround of the new NBA season.

Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Can Luka Doncic win the MVP this season? He must help the Mavericks secure a better record than they currently have in order to be a solid contender. And with players like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, and Kevin Durant playing the way they are, Doncic will have his work cut out for him.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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