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Stephen Curry beats Kyrie Irving in point guard battle; perspective on being paid less

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Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Steve Kerr
Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Steve Kerr

Golden State Warriors ‘ Stephen Curry remains one of the best point guards in the NBA despite playing in a tough season. Many experts view Curry as having a slump, where practically all his numbers are down. He didn’t make the shots he normally makes, and he’s dropping down the MVP race.

Part of Stephen Curry ‘s struggles must have something to do with the addition of Kevin Durant into the team. KD is now their priority on offense, and both he and Stephen Curry have to share possession with a very talented roster.

“Yeah, I heard the words ‘slump’ and ‘down year’ and all sorts of other ways to describe something that wasn’t really a problem for me,” Stephen Curry told ESPN. “I obviously hold myself to the highest standard.”

“Still, at this point, I’m not at the numbers I was last year, but I’m not worried about that because it’s a different year. Every shot I take, I have confidence I’m going to make it, and over the course of the season, I expect that to show itself as we go along.”

Stephen Curry vs. Kyrie Irving

True to his word, Stephen Curry bounced back as the Warriors beat the Cavs on Monday. It was a blowout win for Golden State 126-91. Stephen Curry finally scores one for the team and himself against Kyrie Irving after losing 4 games to the Cavs.

Stephen Curry scored 20 points (7-of-20 shooting), 11 assists, four steals, according to a report by CSN. “He was making shots, it’s as simple as that,” Kyrie Irving said. “In transition, off pick-and-rolls, doing what he does and that makes him a great player.”

His rival, Kyrie Irving scored 17 points with 2 assists in comparison with 6 turnovers. Curry wanted to play well, so bad, perhaps more than anybody else in the team, and his peers were glad to see him perform as in the past.

“Steph was great,” coach Steve Kerr said. “A phenomenal first half, I think he had 10 assists. His energy was great and he set the tone. He put a lot of pressure on the defense.”

Stephen Curry doesn’t mind being underpaid

In spite of his many talents, being a back-to-back MVP, and having brought the NBA title to the Warriors for the first time since ’75, Stephen Curry remains only 82nd in the league in terms of salary. But the Warriors ‘ point guard isn’t complaining, thanks to a perspective, he’s learned from his father.

“One thing my pops always told me is you never count another man’s money,” Curry said in a report by BusinessInsider. “It’s what you’ve got and how you take care of it. And if I’m complaining about $44 million over four years, then I’ve got other issues in my life.”

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