Warriors’ Steph Curry Issues Hilarious Opening Day Challenge to Damian Lillard

Published 12/03/2020, 8:19 AM EST
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) scores a three point basket against Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) in the second quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


Steph Curry and Damian Lillard are two of the best shooters in the NBA today. The two are often taking outrageous shots during a game and somehow end up making them. Now, the two have a wager to do the same on the opening night of the new NBA season.

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Steph Curry is oft regarded as the greatest shooter in the history of basketball. Curry holds so many records when it comes to three-point shooting that it is unbelievable. Curry has changed the way the game of basketball is played. He and Klay Thompson are completely lethal when it comes to three-point shooting.

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) dribbles against Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) in the first quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

With his amazing shooting, Curry has helped the Golden State Warriors win three NBA Championships in five years and has won two MVP trophies himself. Curry is the only unanimous NBA MVP in history.

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Damian Lillard on the other hand has taken the league by absolute storm. Lillard often makes impossible shots look extremely simple. His most iconic moment came during the 2019 NBA playoffs when he sunk a shot from near the halfway line to eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder.

During the Orlando Bubble, Damian Lillard took shots from the NBA logo on the court, and made them with absolute ease. Lillard can shoot the lights out whenever he feels like it.

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There was a major stretch during last season where Lillard was averaging close to 50 points per game, making almost every shot he wanted to.

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Lillard did everything possible to get the Trailblazers into the playoffs, including helping beat the Memphis Grizzlies in a playing game. But he could not get them past the Los Angeles Lakers last season. So he will want to prove his dominance this new NBA season.

Steph Curry missed most of last season due to an arm injury. He was sidelined but has now made a full recovery. After the Warriors’ poor form last season, Curry will be raring to go in the new NBA season.

Recently, Steph Curry and Damian Lillard had a funny interaction on Instagram talking about their shooting prowess. Curry took to Instagram to comment on Lillard’s shooting, asking if he’d take a shot with time left on the shot clock. He said, “That’s wild bro…18 on the shot clock you pulling? I’ll do it if you do it!” Lillard responded openly to the challenge, ready to take the chance on the opening night of the NBA. “Let’s do it lol opening night f*ck it!”

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It will be interesting to see if both Lillard and Curry follow through with their challenge. The new NBA season begins on December 22, 2020.

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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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