Andrew Bogut is amazed but not surprised by the exploits of his Golden State Warriors team-mate Stephen Curry, who is doing things “we’ve never seen before”.
Reigning NBA MVP Curry took his game to another level against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, making a long-range three-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining to lift the Warriors to a 121-118 win in overtime.
Curry’s jaw-dropping heroics saw him finish with 46 points, as he broke his own record for three-pointers hit in a season and tied the NBA record for threes made in a game.
The three-time All-Star’s game-winning display only drew further comparisons to the iconic Michael Jordan and Bogut said: “He practises those shots every day, so it doesn’t shock us, but he is seriously doing things we’ve never seen before.”
Writing his column for NBA Australia, Bogut added: “Once Steph found the room, and got his feet set prior to releasing the ball, I felt like he had a huge chance of making it because I’ve seen him do it so many times before.
“You still can’t take away the fact that it was a very tough shot to make, especially when you assess the grand scheme of things – the score, the fact the time was about to expire and it was contested by the defender.
“I wouldn’t really fault the defender, he got a hand up and contested but Steph just made a ridiculously tough shot.
“The stuff that he was doing in the fourth was unbelievable, and it’s crazy to think that we’re getting used to it.”
Bogut also insisted Draymond Green’s epic half-time tirade against the Thunder is now a non-issue.
Green let his temperament take control on Saturday, reacting angrily in the locker room at half-time before the Warriors went on to win, though the All-Star forward later apologised.
“I guess it’s surprising to some because you don’t expect a moment like that on a team that have lost just five games,” Bogut said.
“It goes to show that guys care – no one is taking this for granted. We play with fire and we care about every moment out there on the floor.
“It was a bad first half for us, we were frustrated and things got a little out of hand.
“With reporters outside the locker room, it could have been done in a better way, but that’s the way emotions run sometimes. We show the same fire off the court as we do on, so you can’t expect a guy to just bottle it and leave it off the court all of the time.
“Draymond has addressed it and the issue is over as far as I’m concerned.”