How Good Are The 'Splash Brothers,' Stephen Curry And Klay Thompson?
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors are turning heads with their impressive shooting display in this year’s NBA playoffs. Thus far in this year’s playoffs, Curry is averaging a blistering 26.5 points per game, nearly four points above his season average, while shooting over 43% from three-point range and 90% from the free-throw line. Thompson, meanwhile, is averaging 17.6 points and shooting 41% for threes. In Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs, Curry scored 44 points, while sinking six three pointers. Unfortunately, the Warriors lost the game in double overtime. However in Game 2, Thompson had the hot hand, scoring 34 points, while making eight of nine three-point attempts en route to a 100-91 win.
During the regular season, Curry set the all-time record for three pointers made in a season with 272, and Curry and Thompson combined to make 483 three pointers, also a record for two starting guards and nearly 50 more than the old record of 435 set by the Orlando Magic’s Nick Anderson and Dennis Scott in 1995, according to Bleacher Report.
"In my opinion, they're the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson told the Mercury News in April.
Curry, a four-year NBA veteran out of Davidson College, and Thompson, a second-year player from Washington State University, have been nicknamed the “Splash Brothers,” a play on the “Bash Brothers” Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, who were recognized for their penchant to belt home runs while with the Oakland Athletics in the late 80s.
You can catch the "Splash Brothers" Friday, when they play Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. The game tips off on ESPN at 10:30 p.m. ET.