Pistons rookie perfectly describes guarding Warriors’ Steph Curry originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Steph Curry provided some on-court education for Detroit Pistons rookie Ausar Thompson on Monday night, offering pointers on the challenge of guarding the Warriors superstar.
Thompson, the 2023 No. 5 overall draft pick, faced Curry for the first time in the Warriors’ 120-109 win over the Pistons, emerging with a fresh perspective on defending the two-time NBA MVP.
Ausar on his experience defending Steph: “People always say it’s the movement, but he really tries to lull you to sleep. He walks the sideline, looks at the bench, and then you have to run through two screens and it’s like, ‘what just happened?’”
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Curry, renowned for his elusive movement without the ball, dominated the game with a 34-point performance, shooting 12-of-26 from the field and 7 of 17 from behind the 3-point line.
NBA.com’s tracking data revealed that Curry covered a Warriors-high 2.37 miles in 32 minutes and 38 seconds of game time, while Thompson impressively covered a game-high 2.95 miles in 37 minutes and 32 seconds of action during Monday’s game.
Throughout the Warriors’ win, Curry outmatched Thompson on several occasions, showcasing his skills and experience against the rookie defender. Thompson, who also made significant contributions to the game, scoring 16 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and securing four steals against the Warriors, will have another chance to defend Curry when Detroit visits Golden State on Friday, Jan. 5.
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