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Matt Barnes on what makes Steph Curry different “I can never say Steph Curry made a lucky shot”


Matt Barnes appeared on Draymond Green’s podcast, and a lot was revealed between the former teammates. One of those things is what makes Steph Curry special, and Barnes provided two perspectives - as an opponent and as a teammate.

Matt Barnes as a competitor

As a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Barnes had some memorable playoff battles against Green, Curry, and the Golden State Warriors. In 2014, the Clippers featured some veterans and were equipped to make a deep playoff run. They went up against the up-and-coming Warriors led by Curry, Green, and Klay Thompson. L.A. won but not without dragging the series to a Game 7. The following season, Steve Kerr came in to replace Mark Jackson, which ushered in a new era for the franchise. 

Barnes gave credit to Green, Thompson, and Iguodala for making things easier for everyone to succeed in Golden State. The 14-year-veteran claimed Draymond understands where Curry needs to be, and the whole Warriors system sets up their shooters to get into a rhythm because the game becomes easier for everyone once they do.

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Barnes as a teammate 

When Matt became a part of the Warriors in 2016, he saw firsthand how hard Curry works to improve his game. What amazed him was how all members of the Golden State roster were dedicated to their craft. Barnes witnessed how much Steph worked on weird angles, off-balance shots, the ones he’s making during games. 

“I can never say that Steph Curry made a lucky shot because you know he works on the odd angles, the awkward hand off the glass the half-court shots that he shoots like their layups.”

Matt Barnes, ">The Draymond Green Show

This makes Curry great in the eyes of Barnes, who, as a rival and a teammate, saw Steph’s potential and how hard he worked behind the scenes to make it happen. Becoming the all-time leader in three points had been a long time coming, and fans expected Curry to break it sooner than later. What makes the feat greater is how Chef Curry worked hard to make it look easy on the court. His teammates, past and present, are all blessed to have witnessed history in the making.

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