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Warriors’ Steph Curry ‘absolutely peaked’ in NBA playoffs, Steve Kerr says

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Kerr: ‘Locked’ Steph ‘absolutely peaked’ in playoffs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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At 34, Steph Curry played, perhaps, the best basketball of his life lead the Warriors to a championship in the 2022 postseason.

Curry averaged 27.4 points, 5.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds in the playoffs. In the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Curry was even better, scoring 31.2 points per game, including the 43-point game of his life. game 4 win.

The post-season surge followed Curry’s regular season, which, by his standards, was not necessarily at the level of production he’d been in previous years. His 38 percent clip from behind the arc was the lowest of his career.

But Curry saved the best for last. On Wednesday, head coach Steve Kerr was asked if Curry is still in his prime, even at an age when most superstars are starting to fade.

“I think he hit his peak in the playoffs,” Kerr said. “I think it’s going to be harder for him next year at 35 and next year to have an 82-game season like he did seven years ago.”

Kerr added that he thought the playoff schedule helped Curry, who could focus on one opponent and have a certain number of days off between games.

“But in the playoffs, when you have a break between games and you’re really busy, it was the best I’ve ever seen in terms of his two-way play,” Kerr said. “His defense was impressive. He got a lot stronger.”

As Kerr said, Curry also held his own in the final against the likes of Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum. Opponents usually target Curry defensively to tire him out and because of his smaller size.

“So Steph has never been better defensively and like I said in the playoffs when you have rest time at 34, 35, 36 there is no reason why he can’t keep playing in playoffs,” Kerr said. “But everything is ready for him and we know he will work for it. It’s nice to just be a part of it.”

Connected: Why Kerr thinks the Warriors will be better next season

It’s hard to believe that Curry won back-to-back MVP awards over fifty years ago and is still playing the best basketball of his career.

But his numbers and playoff performance certainly back that up. If it’s Curry at 34, he certainly has many more seasons left in elite basketball.

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