Stephen Curry is on the verge of breaking the all-time record for most 3-pointers in a season, which currently belongs to Ray Allen. With the Seattle Supersonics, Allen compiled a robust 269 3-pointers, a mark set the in 2005-06 season.
So, Curry, who has 261, needs nine more 3-pointers in two games, which would require him shooting roughly 20 shots over that span. There’s always a chance he blows up for nine-plus 3-pointers in one game, like he did against the Lakers on Friday. After all, he has made six-plus 3-pointers in a game 14 times, indicating that it’s not too far out of the question.
The Warriors face the Spurs on Monday and the Trail Blazers on Wednesday in Portland. This season, Curry is 7-of-17 against San Antonio and 10-of-20 against Portland. He’s a slightly better road shooter than he is home shooter, but only by a fraction.
Everyone knows Curry’s gunning for the record. The Warriors’ coaches and players won’t hype it up. They might even act dumfounded when asked a question about the record.
But the reality is, it’s not just going to be Stephen Curry’s in-game 3-point shootout. Obviously, records are good and all, but the Warriors are hanging onto the No.6 seed by an extremely small thread. Having Curry force the issue would likely work against them.
To be clear, there is a significant difference between forcing the issue and taking shots within the flow of the offense. Curry has done both on occasion. If he gets hot, the Warriors are going to ride his hand, like they did in his 54-point game against the Knicks or his 47-point game against the Lakers. The thing is, the Warriors loss both of those games.
So yes, a record could be broken this week, but the Warriors will remain focused on securing the No.6 seed. If Curry makes nine more 3-pointers, well, that’s the cherry on top.