He finished with 41 points on the night (and dished out 8 assists), an offensive barrage that was everything that the ESPN/Marvel producers were salivating for. I mean, when their artists were setting up how all the graphics were gonna work, they HAD to be envisioning Curry hitting a sick finishing move on some hapless defender right? I know New Orleans’ motto is #WontBowDown but…Eric Bledsoe had to bow down.

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Curry puts the sauce on Bledsoe

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SHEESH. That deadly combo was flagrant enough without the cartoony disrespect layered on top. I can’t imagine being Bledsoe’s family watching their guy get hit with 50 megatons of Splash Force.

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Updated NBA’s leading scorers

Stephen Curry – 31.44 PPG
Bradley Beal – 30.95 PPG

Zion vs Draymond is worth price of admission

Curry stole the show, but it wasn’t for lack of effort from the second year monster Williamson. Listed at 6-foot-7, 285 pounds, this burly dynamo scored 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting from the field. He’s basically unguardable in transition, and can generate a head of steam so quickly that it feels like he’s always getting downhill.

Thankfully, the Warriors have a hero on the defensive end named Draymond Green who made Williamson work for his buckets. The best of Williamson came when Green wasn’t guarding him; the former defensive player of the year held the youngster to 5-of-12 shooting. Green did an excellent job of matching Williamson’s physicality around the rim while daring him to shoot whenever the big fella was deep out in Curry range.

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Zion Williamson gets a smoke trail on an airball 😂 Image

The smoke trails on that airball were messed up LOL.

Check out The Athletic’s Anthony Slater highlighting footage of their battle, accompanied by postgame quotes from Green and his coach Steve Kerr.

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Here is a look at the first ever Draymond Green vs Zion Williamson matchup. Sound on to hear Draymond and Steve Kerr discuss the defensive strategy vs Zion. Image

Curry and Williamson were the key attractions on Disney’s cartoon night, but it was Green who took home Marvel Hero (cue heroic music). Green’s 10 point, 13 rebound, 15 assist triple-double was punctuated by his 3 steals and 2 blocks. He also had a game high +21 plus/minus, giving the Pelicans fits all night.

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“My kids are watching this game, so I’m the Marvel hero. They think I’m a superdad now.”

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Andrew Wiggins: #22 on the court, but #1 in your heart

We weren’t sure if Two-Way Wiggs was gonna play last night as he dealt with knee soreness, but the man showed up to get busy anyway. In a Golden State season marred by freak injuries, Wiggins has played every single game. I used to roll my eyes every time someone said the “best ability is availability” but Wiggins is showing the benefits of having a guy who is gonna show up every night playing defense and helping on offense.

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Twitter avatar for @DrNiravPandyaDr. Nirav Pandya, MD @DrNiravPandya

Wiggins playing every game in a season defined by COVID protocols, injuries due to condensed schedules, and load management is impressive and deserves recognition. Plus, playing hard on both ends places him an additional burden on his body. #DubNation #Warriors #TwoWayWiggins

His 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting were crucial to the Dubs’ effort last night, including 12 points in the fourth quarter to close the game out. But it was his defense that really caught my eye: New Orleans scored 6 points on 4-of-14 shooting when Wiggins was the primary defender.

As a staunch early supporter of Wiggins Island, I felt a tear come to my eye when Wiggins gushed about the benefits of playing Warriors basketball:

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Wiggins is loving his time with the Warriors and is “excited to play with Klay.” Image

Timeshares at Wiggins Island are filling up fast, DM me if you want some of that beachfront property!

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Steve Kerr on Andrew Wiggins: “He’s a winner. He’s just there for you. He’s been very consistent.”

Fair to say, “winner” and “consistent” weren’t words associated with Wiggins until this season.

Moving On

If you haven’t checked out our Eric Apricot’s latest E1P on the brilliance of Juan Toscano-Anderson, I implore you to do so ASAP so you can learn the true power of JTA’s game. Meanwhile Golden State’s job is not done yet folks, as the Pelicans will be looking for payback tonight.

The game starts at 5PM Pacific time. WAIT ARE THE WARRIORS IN THE 8TH SEED?!

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Warriors are now the 8th seed

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