Warriors could rest Steph Curry against Pacers for record-breaking Madison Square Garden night


Steph Curry’s pursuit of the all-time NBA 3-point record is the big story of the NBA world these days, and ever since he has come close to a few dozen of the 2,973 3-pointers. Ray Allen, everybody’s trying to figure out when he’ll break the mark.

There was a chance Curry would do so on Saturday night, as he entered the Golden State Warriors game against the Philadelphia 76ers, requiring 10 trebles to set the record. He didn’t even come close. With Matisse Thybulle playing a formidable defense, Curry was limited to 18 of 6 of 20 points on the field and made just three 3s in the Warriors’ loss.

That leaves Curry Seven 3s shy of rewriting the history books, which is certainly doable in one game. But those hoping to see Curry overtake Allen on Monday night in Indianapolis against the Pacers might have to wait. The Warriors are reportedly considering letting Curry rest for this game, according to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein.

Curry has played all 25 Warriors games this season and averages over 34 minutes, so part of that potential decision is the desire to give Curry a break on the first night of a straight game. But it’s also clearly an effort to give Curry a chance to make history at Madison Square Garden when the Warriors face the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

“You have things that you do regular maintenance on and understand where we are at throughout the season,” Curry said on Saturday night when asked about the report. “We will therefore make the right decision accordingly.”

When asked directly again if he expected to play on Monday, Curry repeated to himself with a wink, “We’ll make the right decision as a result.”

You certainly can’t blame the Warriors if they keep Curry against the Pacers. He’s been great this season, and because of him, the Warriors are 21-5 which is good for the second-best in the league. If anyone deserved a night off, it’s him, and resting for a back-to-back game will help keep them fresh for what the Warriors have come to expect to be a long playoff streak. Plus, a break from all the pressure of talking about the record would do him good.

At the same time, it would be heartbreaking for any Indianapolis fan who only saw Curry and the Warriors play in person once per season. Missing out on this experience and the chance to witness history would be difficult.

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