Lakers’ Kyke Kuzma Believes ‘Greatest Shooter’ Stephen Curry Makes the Warriors a ‘Formidable Team’

Published 01/18/2021, 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


A 6-6 record at this stage is decent for most teams. But from a franchise like the Golden State Warriors, one would definitely expect more. They aren’t as strong as before, but they still have a solid team that is just failing to show up, except for Stephen Curry.

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The two-time MVP has been solely carrying the team so far, averaging 28.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 6.2 assists. Aside from their win against the Raptors, Curry has come clutch for the Warriors in each of their other five wins. They face a mammoth challenge in their next game against the Lakers, and the Warriors will once again need a big game from Curry to get a win.

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Despite their poor form, Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma is not underestimating them. He believes that Curry alone can change the game for the Warriors. He said, “They’re still the Warriors in a sense. They play Warriors basketball. Any time Steph steps out there, the greatest shooter ever. They’re still a formidable team.”

Can Stephen Curry and co give the Lakers a run for their money?

The Warriors have been poor for most of the season. But they have sprung surprise wins against the Blazers and the Clippers. So they will go into tonight’s game with confidence, aiming to pull off a similar result.

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But it will not be possible without an outstanding game from Curry. Along with that, the Warriors will need to step up defensively as well. They rank 26th in points allowed per game, and they cannot afford to repeat that. Andrew Wiggins has been amazing recently, and will need to do that once again to keep LeBron James at bay.

Jan 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) dribbles the ball up court as Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) guards in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Their main issue would be to counter Anthony Davis, and Draymond Green will have his hands full. Green has been good on the defensive end, but his offensive end product has been miserable. Another factor holding them back is the poor form of Kelly Oubre Jr. He is shooting 35% from the field and 19% from three.

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The Lakers will be the favorites in this game, but the Warriors will be eager to play spoilsport. A win here will help the Warriors take one more step towards qualifying for the playoffs, so they know it is a big game.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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