Damian Lillard Back-To-Back Deep 3s, Stop Saying “He Has Steph Curry Range”
Poor Wesley Matthews. The frustrated former Blazer came into Friday’s game struggling with his shot; he’s made just 20 of 64 shots in the Mavs five-game losing streak to start the season. On this night, he made just 1 of 6 shots, limped to the bench after bumping knees with Damian Lillard, then had to watch Lillard drop a pair of back-to-back near half-court 3s over his head as the Mavs remained winless.
What I find as frustrating as Matthews finds his shooting slump is people saying Damian Lillard has “Steph Curry range” when he buries a deep shot. Curry is just two year older than Lillard and the NBA 3-point line was introduced nine years before Curry was even born. If you go to the 2:51 mark of the following recap, Mavs TV commentator Derek Harper said, “I told you in the open, he had Steph Curry range.”
I love you Harper because you played with the 3 Js in Dallas and with the 99 Lakers but please don’t insult Lillard, who finished the game with 42 points on just 18 shots and became just the 4th player in the last 30 years to score 27+ in his team’s first six games of the season, with comments like that and please help Wesley Matthews find his shot.
Speaking of Curry, his streak of 157 games with a 3 ended tonight as he put up a donut on 10 attempts in a loss to the Lakers.