It’s Stephen Curry’s Game Now


If you have somehow missed watching the Golden State Warriors this season, you might have a quaint notion of how basketball is played.

You might believe, for instance, that 3-point shots are difficult. Or that players should generally avoid hoisting jumpers 35 feet from the basket. Or that, in the N.B.A., a team cannot clinch a playoff berth in February, with six weeks left in the season.

None of that is true anymore, thanks to one player: Stephen Curry, a butterfly with a jump shot who is reshaping people’s understanding of the game.

Jargon usually found on airport bookstore display racks has come to the hardwood, thanks to Curry. He is an outlier. He has caused a tipping point in basketball. The biggest disrupter in sports is on display in — where else? — the Bay Area.

In recent days, Curry has broken the league record for 3-pointers in a season — which he did for the first time two seasons ago — and the Warriors (53-5) still have 24 games left to play, starting Tuesday night at home against the Atlanta Hawks. He has made 288 3-pointers this season, eclipsing the 286 he made last season. (So he is now No.1 , No 2 and, you guessed it, No. 3 on the all-time list, with 272 during the 2012-13 season.)

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