WATCH: Warriors’ Stephen Curry Emulates Kobe Bryant With Ridiculous Shot For an And-One Chance

Published 04/18/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) shares words with Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) at the end of the game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Los Angeles defeated Golden State 118-115 in overtime. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry are two of the greatest players of all time. During his career with the Lakers, Kobe showed why he is an all-time great scorer. Whereas Curry has gone on to revolutionize the game of basketball and establish himself as the greatest shooter of all time. But the two mirror each other in certain aspects of the game, as Curry showed against the Boston Celtics tonight.

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Stephen Curry emulates Kobe Bryant

The Golden State Warriors took on the Boston Celtics tonight. During the game, Curry attempted to take the ball to the hoop, or create some separation. Grant Williams was the player given the responsibility to guard Steph. However, Stephen Curry goaded him into a block attempt and then leaned into him before recklessly throwing the ball in the air. To everyone’s surprise, including Curry’s, the ball went in.

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For many fans, Curry’s ability to draw the fall reminded them of Kobe Bryant. Bryant was a master at drawing the foul and getting an and-one opportunity off the back of a poor shot.

Kobe was one of the few players who understood how effective free throws can be in deciding the game. Therefore, he tailored his game to maximize the free-throw opportunities he gets during a game. Bryant set the blueprint for players like James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Luka Doncic.

Curry changing his game

For Curry, this has been a major element he added to his game in the last few years. While his three-point shooting is still his primary weapon, Curry can also draw contact very well. Curry is one of the most skilled point guards in the game and has an uncanny ability to get players to foul him while making his shot. He often gets players to foul him on threes in order to get a four-point play chance.

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Curry is having a fantastic season so far. For the year, he is averaging 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Steph is currently on track to have his best scoring year with the Warriors. Furthermore, he just matched Kobe Bryant for the longest streak of 30+ points for a player of or above 33 years of age.

Apr 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

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Can Stephen Curry lead the Golden State Warriors to the playoffs this year? Despite Curry playing at a supremely high level, the Warriors still haven’t found success. At the moment, the Warriors are on track for a play-in seed. But Curry will be hoping to change that, going into the final stretch of the season.

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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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