‘Watched This 20 Times’: Warriors’ Stephen Curry Amazed By Carmelo Anthony’s Footwork, Pens Down Appreciation

January 17, 2021 1:31 pm

Warriors’ Stephen Curry shares a unique relationship with the Portland Trail Blazers. He recently dropped a career-high 62-point game against them, a day after Damian Lillard had counted him short in the absence of Klay Thompson

Curry has a great postseason record against the Northwestern side. He has played 10 playoff games against the Blazers and averaged 33.4 points, 7.4 assists, 6.8 rebs,  and 1.1 steals. However, all this does not keep him from praising the competitors when they play exceptionally well. 

Stephen Curry praised the Blazers’ veteran

Dec 26, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward Carmelo Anthony (00) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets small forward Jae’Sean Tate (8) defends during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The 3-time NBA Champion posted a video from the Blazers’ recent game against the Hawks. In the clip, 36-YO Carmelo Anthony is using a pivot move to trick Solomon Hill and bury down a mid-range 2-point jumper. He kept his left foot anchored while dancing and rotating his body 360 degrees using his right. It was a real spectacle. 

Take a look at Steph’s tweet –

The game between Hawks and Blazers was a 2-point game with 16 seconds remaining. But an offensive foul on Lillard took the game away from the Hawks. Lillard scored 36 points while Enes Kanter scored a double-double to help the Blazers win. Melo played for 29 minutes and added 11 points.

What’s next for the Warriors’ floor general?

The GSW is up for its greatest test so far. The team will next play the Los Angeles Lakers in a game that will have a lot at stake. Yes, it is still the beginning of the season, but this match is still important because of the LeBron James vs Curry setup. The Warriors are 2-3 on the road and they’d like to make it even. But facing the best team in WC will not come easily to the Pacific side.

Steph is averaging 28+ ppg, but they still have a rusty Draymond Green and an inconsistent bench to fall back on. If Steph’s curiosity for breaking down Melo’s shot helps him be more creative with those long-range buckets, he will still face a tough defense from the big Lakers’ side.

Do you think they can upset the men in Purple and Golden? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

Sourabh Singh is an author for Essentially Sports who begun contributing in July 2020 as a UFC writer but soon transitioned to the NBA, his greater love. Previously a Managing Editor, he chose to instead pursue Sports Management. Today, he is following his passion by actively participating in marathons, playing Lawn Tennis, and penning NBA articles.

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