Last night the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings had a record breaking night, combining for 41 made three point shots and further proving we are fully entrenched in the live by the three, die by the three era of NBA Basketball. This is at least the 3rd or 4th time that we’ve seen either a team or individual 3pt made record set this season.
You would think that would be the main headline coming out of that game, but instead the major news was about a 3pt shot that didn’t go in. Steph Curry pulled this move that has been made famous by James (traveling) Harden and shocker, it was called as a travel.
Steve Kerr was SHOCKED that a travel was called …
Steph Curry thinks he knows why 👆👌 pic.twitter.com/CuaDl2GM8a
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 6, 2019
Curry went on to hold the numbers 1 & 3 up to his chest in clear reference to the fact that if it was Harden pulling this move then he would have got away with it.
You can call it some BS that the refs let Harden get away with this and call other guys like Curry for pulling the same move, and you would be correct in that assessment.
But I have another school of thought on why Curry pulled this move and made such a big deal about it when he got called for it. I think Curry was attempting to highlight the hypocrisy that Harden gets away with doing it in an attempt to put it in the minds of referees for future purposes.
Maybe if Curry can embarrass the refs into actually calling Harden on a travel when he pulls the same move it can benefit the Warriors if they matchup with the Rockets again this post season. I mean think about it, Curry doesn’t need to use that move to get his shot off. He has the quickest release we’ve ever seen, he has a bagful of other tricks he can use as well to create separation. He doesn’t need to copy James Harden, but after a recent overtime loss to Harden and his Rockets maybe Curry felt the need to expose this nonsense.
Listen I don’t hate Harden, I know a lot of people hate his game and the style in which he plays. But the facts are that he is utilizing every trick possible to score and he works hard to perfect his craft. It may not be pleasant to watch, but it’s hard to argue the effectiveness.
With that being said, plays like the one below can’t continue to be allowed to happen, it is plain and simple a travel. Harden just like Curry has a bagful of tricks that he can use at any given time, he doesn’t need to be allowed to blatantly break the most simple rule in basketball.
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Everything else, I'm doing a Harden and taking a step back!
Safe travels! pic.twitter.com/RtrnYxGBEl
— Carlo Jose Salvador (@cjsalvador) December 29, 2018
Curry had some thoughts for the media on the call after the game as well.
Steph Curry on throwing up a 13 to the referee after he got called for a travel on a James Harden like stepback: “I’ve seen that once or twice. Tried it myself. Obviously they got confused. They knew it was someone else, so they called it.” pic.twitter.com/hBGgaCcsk9
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 6, 2019
This clip was too funny not to add.
Steph: "The refs don't let me travel like #13"
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) January 6, 2019