The Celtics had a game plan to limit Stephen Curry as much as possible and it worked like a charm, as the reigning MVP was limited to six points and seven turnovers in the first half. Avery Bradley, who gave Curry fits in their first meeting back in Boston as well, was the catalyst in bothering the point guard once again for much of the contest.
Although Curry woke up in the third quarter in a big way for 21 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the 3-point line, he managed to score just two more points while shooting 1-of-4 for the remainder of the game.
After seeing how well Bradley played against Curry in the first half, C.J. McCollum, who had just faced Bradley a day earlier, had a strong statement about the Celtics guard:
Avery Bradley the best perimeter defender in the league and I don’t think it’s close. Him and chief #firstteamalldefense
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 2, 2016
It might not be far off from the truth, except for the part where McCollum included his teammate Al-Farouq Aminu (a.k.a. Chief) in the same breath.
Jim Park is a blogger and Tweet of the Night author of Sheridan Hoops. Follow him on twitter @SheridanBlog.