April 28, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 115-101. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry is the NBA's Newest Superstar: What's Next?

Yes, everyone. Stephen Curry is the glamorous superstar that the Warriors have searched for for so long. He’s averaging 22.9 points per game, and 3.5 three point attempts made. He’s hitting three pointers at an incredible rate, draining every shot, taking defenders off the dribble, and dazzling with some nice crossovers. That’s great!

Unfortunately for the Warriors, that may not be enough. Up 3-1 in the series, they can’t get ahead of themselves. They need to attack Denver hard and win game five if they really want to make a statement.

Like each of the other games, it’s not going to be very easy, at all. Curry has established his superstar status by his dominance in the playoffs, averaging 27.3 ppg, and 2.8 steals per game. He’s really playing at a higher level in his first ever playoff series, and is after Ray Allen’s three point record. His team is benefiting from it and they’re playing some great basketball, but they need to step it up even more in game five, and I think this where Curry really needs to shine.

Curry scored 31 points in game four, and 22 of those came in the third quarter. In this game, he was dealing with hamstring issues and ankle issues, both of which George Karl thinks are a ploy. Curry hasn’t failed to impress, and exploded for 22 in the third. Hitting three after three, driving to the basket so many times. The crowd wouldn’t sit down for more than half the third, even when the Nuggets had a desperation run to get back into the game.

Mark Jackson’s coaching will be a huge factor in game five, but the playing of Stephen Curry will as well. I’m 100% sure that George Karl is going to come up with a brilliant scheme to stifle Curry an allow him no daylight. It’s on him to see how well he reacts to the pressure, whether it’s getting Klay Thompson six three pointers, or Harrison Barnes 10 dunks at the rim. His new superstar status is often shown down the stretch in games, and he usually starts off slow. If he can get off to a hot start, and have a MSG-type performance, the Warriors are going to win the ballgame.

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