Warriors’ Steph Curry shrugs off pressure of impending 3-point record



PHILADELPHIA — As he closes in on the all-time 3-point record, Steph Curry insists it’s not weighing on his mind. He is human, however — despite indications to the contrary — and it’s clear he has given it some thought.

“You could create a narrative for any of these next four games coming up,” Curry said Friday evening outside the Temple University gym, where the Warriors hosted practice before kicking off a five-game road trip Saturday against the 76ers.

With 2,964 career 3-pointers entering Saturday, Curry is within realistic striking distance of Ray Allen’s all-time record. It’s a matter of when, not if, the record will fall. If not in Philadelphia, then either Indiana on Monday, New York’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday or on the last leg of the trip, in Boston or Toronto.

Asked about the possibility of snatching history with his brother, Seth, a 76ers guard, on the same court, Curry played out the scenarios.

“Playing against Seth (Saturday); how much Reggie meant to Indiana; obviously the Garden speaks for itself; Boston, where Ray passed Reggie on that floor,” Curry said. “We’ll find a special narrative for you whenever it happens.”

It would have taken an all-time performance by the NBA’s top showman to make history in front of his home crowd.

Curry was 16 away entering the Warriors’ final home game before hitting the road, two more than the single-game record set by teammate Klay Thompson. After missing his first four attempts, he finished with six to close within 10 of the all-time mark.

“I only thought about it a little bit just with the astronomical dream of hitting 16 in a game, or 15 to tie, and what that meant,” Curry said. “Other than that, (I’m) just enjoying the process because, obviously, it’s a major milestone but something that will happen at the right time.”

Although he said he wouldn’t take back any of his 17 attempts, he admitted he chuckled to himself after the first one hit nothing but air.

“That was kind of funny. I laughed at myself,” Curry said. “Take the context and the situation out of it, I’d have shot the exact same shots pretty much the whole game. … Shoot shots you normally shoot, take, make, and eventually I’ll get there.”

The craziest thing of all, coach Steve Kerr said, was that the record wasn’t definitively out of reach against Portland.

“Just the mere fact that we were talking about it when he was 16 3s away and we were unironically speaking about it shows you the expectations that we all have for Steph, myself included,” Kerr said.

Of all Curry’s accolades, 3-pointer No. 2,974 will mark his most prestigious yet.

Unsurprisingly, it has generated rampant speculation — and betting markets — over exactly which game the record will fall.

Taking into account Curry’s per-game average this season, Monday at Indiana has been the odds-on favorite. But NBA insider Marc Stein reported Friday that Golden State was considering resting Curry in Indiana, which could potentially set him up to break the record on basketball’s biggest stage, at Madison Square Garden, the following night.



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