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Warriors’ Curry, Thompson set record for backcourt three pointers in season

Apr 9, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

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The Golden State Warriors average just shy of 20 three pointers a game (which is middle of the pack in the NBA).

But they hit 40.1 percent of them, best in the NBA. That’s because almost 14 of those 20 are taking by Stephen Curry (shooting 45.2 percent from three) and Klay Thompson (41.2 percent).

That is a record setting backcourt the AP reports:

The pair have combined to make 444 3-pointers, surpassing the 435 Orlando’s Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson hit in the 1995-96 season for the most by any duo in league history.

That’s impressive and should be acknowledged.

Golden State has a great backcourt for a jump shooting team. However, they have some long-term questions they need to answer about that pairing. With two pure shooters out at the arc the Warriors rely on the jumper and not breaking down defenses off the dribble, getting points closer to the basket. Jump shooting teams can beat anybody on a hot night but lose to anyone on a cold one, and it’s a tough way to win in the playoffs.

But the offense isn’t the bigger issue, it’s the other end of the floor where Curry and Thompson combine to form an undersized and not very good defensive combo.

Right now the Warriors and their fans should celebrate what they have — a playoff bound team with a backcourt pairing that is a fun one to watch play. There are some bigger question questions to consider — how far can you really go with both Thompson and Curry — but those should not get in the way of the fun now. Nor is it something that must be decided this summer. Just eventually.

  1. asimonetti88 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    If they can add a banger in the post they can go far even being a jump shooting team. With a true center that isn’t injury prone they have a great team on their hands. You have to admire them for recognizing this and going after Bogut, even if he may not be the long term answer there. And Lee is a great player in the post for them too but I think they need one more.

  2. 13arod - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    if they get one more star this team is better then the heat

    • ochotrinko - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      if that one star is LeBron James

      • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        HAHAHA! Exactly what I was thinking.

      • badintent - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:58 AM

        nice ! PBT quote of the week.

  3. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Brandon Rush would be making a big difference. He could drive to the hoop and play tough D. Hopefully he’s able to come back strong next year.

  4. funktron2x - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    All the more impressive considering the record was set during the hyper-inflated three-ball years when they moved the line in. Can’t believe that isn’t mentioned.

  5. divan22 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:33 PM


  6. saint1997 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I still they can win as they are but possibly trade Klay Thompson for ‘Reke or Eric Gordon

    • anhdazman - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      What are you talking about? Trade Thompson for Eric Gordon?!? Gordon is fragile and over rated. Thompson in his 2nd year has a huge amount of upside. Only a fool would trade Thompson for Gordon.

      • saint1997 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:23 AM

        I’m just saying that if they want to trade him as Kurt suggests because of an inability to ‘mesh’ as people have suggested, then those two are options in exchange for Thompson. Obviously you would get more for Klay, maybe a 1st rounder, but EG’s style could actually mesh with Steph’s quite well

  7. 808rude - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Small?? Klay is all of 6’6″ and I can tell how much you haven’t been watching their games because quietly the Klay has had a very nice season on the defensive end of the court. He shut down Tony parker with his length and size in their win against San Antonio in Oakland and did the same vs Westbrook in the win vs OKC. A 6’6″ 2 who can play the 3 and guard 3 positions shooting 41 percent from 3’s in only his 2nd year sounds like a keeper to me! The return of Brandon Rush next year and growth from Barnes will only help them defensively next year.

  8. anhdazman - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    To call both Curry and Thompson “just” jump shooters is a foolish statement. You don’t watch the Warriors much. Yes Curry is one of the best pure jump shooter in the game, but he is much more than that. He has improved his game to All Star level this year, (only he was snubbed from the actual game.) he has shown us runners, finishing left or right and also averaging 7 assist per game.
    Thompson has also shown an array of shots as well as putting the ball on the floor taking it to the basket in his 2nd year.
    I highly recommend you pay a little closer attention to GSW in the Playoffs. You’re going to see very young players still growing to become complete players. Not just some 3 point specialist.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      I didn’t say that’s all Curry does, I said the Warriors are a jump shooting team. They are. They get an average of 22.1 shots at the rim a game, second lowest in the league. I do watch a lot of Warriors games, if you do then you know how much they need the jumpers to fall to be successful.

  9. badintent - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Klay has huge upside.This team is built like Nuggets,fast break and pullup 3s, does need a paint Defender. That center for Louville fits the bill perfectly, runs great and can block shots like McVale..

  10. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I did some math on Klay and Steph and their 3-point shooting efficiency is the equivalent of shooting 64% on 2-point shots. Not many guys scoring with that kind of efficiency around the association.

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