Mr. 2,974, Angry KD & a new WNBA schedule
Golden State guard Steph Curry needed two three-pointers coming into a road game against the New York Knicks to become the NBA’s all-time three-point king.
And less than four and a half minutes into the game, history was made at Madison Square Garden.
Curry scored 22 points, going 5-of-8 from three, as the Warriors beat the Knicks, 105-96 Tuesday, Dec. 14.
He broke the record in front of the last two three-point kings, guards Ray Allen and Reggie Miller.
Immediately after breaking the record, a timeout was taken where Madison Square Garden gave Curry a standing ovation.
Golden State head coach Steve Kerr had the honor of giving the game ball to Curry who then gave it to his dad, Dell, who was sitting in the front row.
Interesting note, Kerr has seen all three record-breaking performances up close and personal. He was a player with the Chicago Bulls when Miller set his record, he was a commentator when Allen posted a new mark and now while head coach of the Warriors he sees the latest.
It only took the 33-year old Curry 789 games to break the record, more than 580 games less than the aforementioned Allen.
Allen, Miller and Steph all posed for pictures after the game with jerseys in hand. Allen held his No. 20 Boston Celtics jersey, Miller held his No. 31 Indiana Pacers jersey and Steph held a custom-made Warriors jersey with the No. 2, 974 highlighting his feat.
After the game, Steph said he never felt comfortable calling himself the greatest shooter of all-time until he claimed this record. He added now he feels “comfortable” doing so.
In honor of his record-breaking performance, Steph gave teammates Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala engraved Rolex watches.
Zion’s season-debut pushed back again
According to multiple reports, New Orleans forward Zion Williamson suffered setbacks with a foot injury.
The third-year pro has yet to play in a game this season.
Williamson was playing four-on-four as last week until he began feeling soreness in his right foot.
New images revealed a regression in the healing of his injury.
The former No. 1 overall pick has played in 85 of a possible 192 games of his young career.
Running out of Bulls
The NBA has opted to postpone the next two games for the Chicago Bulls now that 10 players have entered the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols.
Guards Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan are among the players involved.
Currently, the team has eight active players which is the league required minimum.
Tuesday, Dec. 14 vs. Detroit and Thursday, Dec. 16 at Toronto have been postponed for Chicago.
The 17-10 Bulls will return Sunday, Dec. 19 at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.
All-star forward Kevin Durant has apparently taken the villain role to Brooklyn.
The former MVP has been putting up MVP-like numbers while ruffling some feathers along the way.
In a road game at Atlanta Friday, Dec. 10, Durant scored 31 points on 12-of-22 from the field in a 113-105 win for the Nets.
Up five with about two minutes left in the game, Durant got a little physical with Atlanta guard Trae Young, resulting in some small hand slaps being exchanged along with some words.
Two nights later, Durant went at it with the No. 1 overall pick from this past summer’s draft, Cade Cunningham.
Brooklyn beat the Detroit Pistons, 116-104, as the Sim Reaper dropped a NBA-season-high 51 points on 16-of-31 from the floor.
He also added nine assists and seven rebounds.
Durant has upped his scoring in every month of the season.
WNBA releases revamped season schedule
An offseason full of changes for the WNBA continues, this time with the regular season.
All 12-WNBA teams will play 36 games now that four additional games have been added this season.
In addition, when the regular season concludes Sunday, Aug. 14, it will be the earliest since 2006.
The league already approved a new postseason format earlier in the offseason and will now feature three rounds in the best of 3-5-5 formats.
No team will get a first round bye moving forward.
Four games will be played on Opening Night for the WNBA highlighted by a playoff rematch when the Las Vegas Aces visit the Phoenix Mercury.
Additionally, future Hall-of-Famer Candace Parker and the world champion Chicago Sky will receive their championship rings at home in front of the Los Angeles Sparks in the nightcap.