Kings’ Mitchell learns something new every matchup vs. Warriors’ Curry originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Kings’ third-year guard, Davion Mitchell, has gained an intimate understanding of defending Warriors’ superstar, Steph Curry. The two teams faced each other 11 times last season, including four regular-season games and an exhilarating seven-game first-round playoff series. Their preseason encounters this year have further heightened anticipation for their upcoming matchup on Friday, which will also serve as the Kings’ home opener at Golden 1 Center.
Mitchell eagerly awaits another opportunity to challenge the nine-time NBA All-Star, recognizing the unique learning experience it provides him. “I learn something every time,” Mitchell remarked during an interview [h/t “Deuce & Mo” podcast]. “He’s one of the greatest players to ever play basketball. He makes some tough shots.”
During the Kings’ recent preseason loss to the Warriors, Curry showcased his remarkable shooting ability by sinking a few improbable shots. His game-winning 3-pointer with six seconds remaining stole the victory from the Kings. However, it was his 26-foot triple just moments before that truly impressed Mitchell. “Last preseason game, he made a tough shot off the backboard,” Mitchell recalled. “I asked him, ‘Did you mean to do that?’ And he said, ‘Would I be lying if I said I did?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, whatever, you made it.’
Mitchell has experienced successful battles against Curry in the past. During a game in April, Mitchell shadowed Curry and contributed to the Kings’ victory over the Warriors in Game 2. Despite Curry’s 28-point performance, he struggled from beyond the arc, missing 10 of his 13 attempts from 3-point range. Kings coach Mike Brown praised Mitchell’s defense, stating that he couldn’t have done a better job guarding Curry.
Mitchell holds immense respect for Curry’s abilities and recognizes his continuous growth and relentless determination on the court. “Every time he plays, I think he gets better and better, honestly,” Mitchell acknowledged. “He doesn’t stop moving. He’s in shape more than anyone on the court. I learn something every time I play him.”
Mitchell eagerly anticipates his next matchup against Curry on Friday. However, before that, the Kings will kick off their season on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.
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