Editor’s note: In lieu of Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry 44 point, 11 assist Western Conference semifinal Game 1, this is an archive article first published on March 25, 2008 in the Daily Dispatch in Henderson, N.C.
Truth: an obvious or accepted fact. Add ‘THE’ before truth and it becomes a fact that has been verified.
Jim Brown was the truth.
Pete Sampras was the truth.
Russell’s Celtics were the truth. Jordan and his Bulls were the truth. Tiger is the truth.
For nearly the entire college basketball season, Kansas State’s freshman Michael Beasley has carried around the label of the truth like Superman wears the ‘S’ on his chest. But Beasley is a freak – an abnormal phenomenon. And as freakish as the 6’10 frosh is (he averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game), he couldn’t get K-State past the second round of the NCAA tournament (the Wildcats were beaten by Wisconsin.)
Stephen Curry is the truth.
The 6’3 sophomore from Davidson has not only guided the Wildcats to the Sweet 16, but he has done it with two 40 minute outbursts as smooth as his jumper.
Curry’s game mirrors that of his father Dell. Dell Curry is the former star of Virginia Tech and NBA who had a career three-point percentage of .402. Stephen shoots .444.
In the Wildcats’ opening round game against Gonzaga, Curry scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half on 8 of 10 shooting from behind the arc. And most importantly, Davidson advanced with a 82-76 win over the Bulldogs.
Georgetown coach John Thompson, III recognized the truth.
“Got any suggestions?”
Thompson said at a press conference Saturday before his Hoyas took on Davidson as reported by the Associated Press. “Because no one has guarded him yet.
“People are dotting the Is and crossing the Ts when it comes to guarding him, and the kid makes tough, contested shots with guys draped all over him.”
The Hoyas did everything they could on defense, holding Curry to only five first half points. But the truth of the issue is, it didn’t matter in the end.
Curry scored 25 points in the second half and the Wildcats sent the second-seeded Hoyas home with a 74-70 victory.
Curry finished the game with 30 – 15 from 3-pointers.
“I have confidence to shoot the ball every time I shoot it,” Curry said Sunday according to the Associated Press.
“In the open court, that’s my game – get my feet set and knock down shots.
“When I start getting my shot going, it does feel good.”
And obviously, it didn’t matter who or how many were guarding him.
“For the most part he had guys all over him and the ball was going in,” said Thompson by the Associated Press.
Let the truth be told that Davidson (28-6) and its 24-game winning streak will end thanks to Kansas (I’m picking the Wildcats over Wisconsin) but not before Curry puts his mark on the minds of many.
And that’s the truth.