Steph Curry skeptical he could ever top Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game

first_imgThe question made Stephen Curry smile and shake his head. He showed the same disbelief many have when they watch him play. The Golden State Warriors’ guard and defending regular-season MVP has seemingly made any shot at any angle and from any distance. But he cast serious doubts on accomplishing something else even more miraculous. Could Curry ever break Kobe Bryant’s career-high 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors nearly a decade ago?“Not a chance,” Curry told Los Angeles News Group. “There’s a reason why people are still talking about that game to this day. It’s so special.” Could all those numbers add up to what Bryant did on Jan. 22, 2006?“Steph is a talented enough scorer that you could definitely say it’s a possibility.”said Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton, who played with Bryant during his record-setting night. “But it’s not very realistic. If we’re blowing someone out, he’s going to rest.”Curry needed all 48 minutes to post a career-high 54 points on Feb. 27, 2013 against New York. Curry logged 36 minutes to score a season-high 53 points on Oct. 31, 2015 against New Orleans. Then there marked six games Curry played under 30 minutes this season amid the Warriors coasting to a double-digit victory. Through swarming double teams or rare off nights, Curry can still dish to Klay Thompson, Draymond Green or Andre Iguodala. “If there’s one guy in the league that has a chance of doing it, it would be him,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Curry. “But they’ve got so many weapons that’s it not needed from him to have that type of game to shoot it 40 times.”Curry’s highest volume-shooting output was a 34-point performance against Brooklyn in which he shot 13-of-31 from the field in 44 minutes. Otherwise, Curry has averaged a team-leading 20 field-goal attempts.“A lot of it has to do with our system and the way we play,” Curry said. “Kobe had a reason to get up as many shots as he did in the [Toronto] game. I don’t think anybody will get up 40-plus attempts no matter how hot they are.”But Bryant did. He helped the Lakers overcome an 18-point deficit against the Raptors by going 28-of-46 from the field. With Kwame Brown and Smush Parker in tow, Bryant spent the 2005-06 season carrying everyone with a team-leading 27.2 shots per game. He then averaged a career-high 35.4 points per contest on a 45 percent clip. “You have to be in tip-top shape to do it,” Bryant said. “It takes a lot of energy to carry that for the duration of the game.” Yet, Bryant performed just fine on his record-setting game a day after consuming grape soda and pepperoni pizza. He scored 55 second-half points amid endless pull-up jumpers, layups and dunks. He shot 7-of-13 from 3-point range. He went 18-of-20 from the foul line. “The consistency is just unreal. I know he didn’t have too many weapons on that team. So Toronto was trying to stop him, and they couldn’t figure it out,” Curry said. “It boggles your mind to think how he did that.” Several have thought the same thing about Curry.Just like Bryant once did in March of 2007, Curry became the first player since then to average at least 36 points in a single month. He nailed a 37-footer with .06 seconds left in overtime to beat Oklahoma City. He hit a 40-foot shot to beat a first-quarter buzzer against Miami. He heaved a half-court prayer that sailed into the basket against Orlando. “He shoots the ball from angles that you just don’t shoot,” Scott said. “When he throws it up, sometimes you’re thinking, ‘What is he doing?’ He’s off balance. But the thing that makes him so difficult to guard is that he can make it from anywhere. You have to get up on him.”Good luck. “He moves so well without the ball,” Bryant said of Curry. “You can’t really track him. He doesn’t really isolate so I’m not going to load up on him. He has great shooters around him and passers around him. He’s constantly on the move. Because of that, he has to be the hardest player to defend.” So much that Curry has set the top three single-season 3-point marks of all time. So much that Curry has scored at least 20 points in a quarter five times this season. “It’s fun. You have the ultimate confidence,” Curry said. “You feel like every shot is going in no matter where you are on the court and what kind of defense you see.” All of which left Curry intrigued on whether he could reach Bryant’s milestone if he ignored team dynamics and played as if an NBA game took place on the playground. “You would like to think if I were to try or if I were to get hot after a quarter or two, I would have 50 in 2 ½ quarters,” Curry said. “Maybe you could finish it off. But that’s still pretty crazy to think to have 50. Those are career days for almost anybody.”Well not for Bryant, whose No. 24 jersey number also represents the amount of times he has cracked the 50-point barrier. Hence, the game’s best shooter still struggled to comprehend how anyone could mimic the game’s best scorer. “For him, it was just clicking that night,” Curry said of Bryant’s career game. “There’s no real explanation.”Quotable“It boggles your mind to think how he did that.” — Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Kobe Bryant’s career-high 81 point-gameEditor’s note: This article has been updated to remove a sentence referring to Curry as having the highest scoring quarter in NBA history. Klay Thompson set that record. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Yes, Bryant’s career game still represents the NBA’s second-highest scoring performance behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962. But Bryant does not consider the milestone special enough to think his record will remain sacred. Said Bryant: “It’s just a matter of you have to believe it’s possible.” The Lakers (12-51) enter Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors (55-5) at Staples Center with Curry doing what was once considered impossible.He has averaged a league-leading 30.7 points per game despite playing only 33.9 minutes per contest. He has ranked first this season in posting 30-point games (29), 40-point games (11) and 50-point games (three). He shattered his own single-season three-point record (293) still with 22 games remaining. According to NBA.com, Curry has made 3-pointers from basically anywhere, including the right corner (53.3%), the left corner (45.3%) and at the top of the key (46.5%). Very few can guard Curry no matter the distance, including shots from 10-14 feet (54.5%), 15-19 feet (39.7%), 20-24 feet (48%), 25-29 feet (45.9%) and 30-34 feet (58.3%). last_img read more

Iowa Democrats’ annual fundraiser last big hurrah before Caucuses

first_imgDES MOINES — Fourteen presidential candidates are scheduled to address a crowd of more than 13,000 at the Iowa Democratic Party’s “Liberty and Justice Celebration” in Des Moines Friday night.For decades, the state party’s annual fall fundraiser was known as the Jefferson-Jackson Day or “JJ” Dinner. Tommy Vietor was the communications director for Barack Obama’s 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign.  He recently told Radio Iowa said the aim during the 2007 “JJ” Dinner was to show Obama’s organization was “for real.”“I think it might have been the single-most important night of the entire campaign,” Vietor said. “…Our supporters sat around for four or five hours and then, when Obama finally spoke, the place just came alive.”Obama was the evening’s final speaker. Earlier that afternoon, Obama had marched up the street to the venue with hundreds of supporters, then Obama addressed a few thousand at a nearby rally indoors — after John Legend performed for the crowd. Once inside Veteran’s Memorial Auditorum for the party fundraiser, Vietor remembers the rush to get everything into position.“Months of preparation went into the chants and the slogans that night as well as the placement of the Obama supporters in the middle of the venue,” Vietor told Radio Iowa, “and there was sort of a coordinated ‘call and response’ chant that went back and forth.”One of the hallmarks of these annual party functions is referred to as the “sign wars,” with campaign volunteers rushing to plaster the venue with the name of their candidate. In 2003, Howard Dean’s Iowa campaign manager Jeani Murray was part of one of the most spectacular feats in Iowa sign war history. Three massive banners were unfurled from the top to the bottom of the balcony in Vet’s Auditorium.“One said, ‘WIN.’ One said, ‘WITH.’ And one said, “DEAN,” Murray explained during an interview with Radio Iowa. “When he spoke, we rolled them out over the full sections.”Murray said, as it was back in 2003, this year’s event is the last big “hurrah” before the Caucuses.“All of these candidates can get together and show their organizational ‘oomph’ before the final push,” Murray said. “It can really put some people in the spotlight of their organization candidate’s skills and the campaign they’re running and it can also be a spot where people start to see the steam really coming out of folks’ balloons.”During the 1987 Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, Al Gore used his speech to criticize the Caucuses as too tilted to the party’s liberal wing. Phil Roeder was the Iowa Democratic Party’s communications director in 1987.“He was never doing particularly well in Iowa back then anyway,” Roeder told Radio Iowa, “and so he was kind of looking for an excuse to get out (of Iowa) and try the ‘Super Tuesday’ strategy in the south.”Gore won Iowa’s Caucuses in his second campaign for the White House. Murray, who was working for Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell at the time, remembers Gore’s “stay and fight” mantra during Gore’s 1999 “JJ” dinner speech.“(Gore) walked away from the podium and he gave kind of kind of a ‘pep talk’ style speech before those were popular,” Murray said. “It kind of humanized Vice President Gore.”Another former vice president, Walter Mondale, holds the distinction of winning the last Iowa Democratic Party “straw poll.”“Democrats used to have straw polls at these big events and after the Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner of 1983, the DNC outlawed, if you, straw polls as a waste of time and resources,” Joe Shannahan, a Democrat who attended the 1983 event, told Radio Iowa.Eight years later, Shannahan was the Iowa Democratic Party’s communications director when a blizzard thinned the crowd for the 1991 JJ Dinner.“We ended up giving away thousands of meals to local homeless shelters,” Shannahan said.The 1991 Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner was the only time all the Democratic Party’s candidates attended an Iowa event. Iowa native and then U.S. Senator Tom Harkin was running for president at the time and Harkin handily won the 1992 Iowa Caucuses.last_img read more

Kilcar GAA: Bingo jackpot rises to €8,600

first_imgWeek Seven Winners: €1,000 Eimear Carr, Keenaghan €500 Patricia McGuire, Dunkineely  €300 Noel McGinley, Cashlings €200 Conal A Gildea, Ardara, Nollaig Gillespie, Dachtan and Kieran O’Gara, Glencolmcille.Paid up member’s draw winners: €500 Amy McGinley, An Glásan, Towney Road and Betty Carr, Glencolmcille.Presentation Night The 2016 club presentation night takes place on Wednesday 28th December also in The Blue Haven more details to follow.Club GearWe have Club gear on sale in Áislann Chill Chartha with adult and kid’s club home jerseys, half zip tops, polo shirts,  kit bags, bobble hats, jackets, hoodies, stickers, shorts etc.Club App We have 237 members on our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Lotto There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €3,400 this week’s numbers were: 2, 14, 16 and 22 winners were: €50 Fidelma Burke, Bruckless €30 Kieran Moriarty, Caherisveen, Co. Kerry €20 K Kenney, Cashel, Glencolmcille and Stephanie and Karen, Cashlings, Kilcar.Club Bingo Jackpot €8,600There was no winner of the Jackpot so it’s now €8,600 on 45 numbers; Club Bingo is on in The Parish Hall on Sunday nights at 8:30pm so please support to be in with a chance of winning the Jackpot and thanks to all who continue to support our Bingo! This week’s winners were: €150 Margaret McShane €100 Joan McGuinness, Triona McShane €80 Ellen O’Donnell €70 Suzanne McShane, Noreen O’Leary, Margaret Doherty, Arlene Cunnea, Brenda Byrne and Grainne McBrearty. For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAKilcar GAA: Bingo jackpot rises to €8,600 was last modified: December 5th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:kilcarKilcar GAAKilcar GAA club newslast_img read more