Steph Curry: Austin Rivers Launches Scathing Attack on Warriors Guard
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Steph Curry: Austin Rivers Launches Scathing Attack on Warriors Guard

  • Austin Rivers said Stephen Curry is the toughest player to guard because he gets all the calls
  • Many fans have claimed the NBA referees do not give calls to the Golden State Warriors star
  • Curry has one of the least free throw attempts in the association compared to his many peers

Minnesota Timberwolves guard, Austin Rivers has launched a scathing attack on Golden State Warriors talisman, Stephen Curry.

The 30-year-old sensationally said Curry gets help from the referees, after being asked on a recent podcast who the toughest player to cover in the NBA is.

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Steph Curry has dominated Austin Rivers when they have matched up. Photos by Aaron Ontiveroz and Haley Friesen.
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Curry remains one of the best NBA players this century and by the time he retires, his legacy as one of the best point guards of all time will be set in stone. However, Rivers' comments have sparked heated discussions on social media.

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Considering the GSW talisman is an elite scorer, his free throw rate is baffling - his rate is 24.3% and is the lowest among all players in NBA history who average at least 24 points per game in their career.

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The free throw rate is the ratio of free throw attempts to field goal attempts, per SI.

Rivers tears into Curry

Rivers did compliment Curry several times in the episode, but the point of contention was when he was asked who the toughest player to cover in the NBA is.

"Steph. It's not even close... you can't touch him, they give him every [expletive] call, they set illegal screens for him the entire game... they don't call it cause they want to see him shoot."

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Curry's low free throw attempts may be attributed to his playing style. He is the best shooter of all time, therefore he doesn't get to the rim as much as he would love compared to his peers.

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Steph Curry and Austin Rivers are related by blood. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE.
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Moreover, his style requires him to move around several screens to get open. In many of those instances, he is usually grabbed and bumped off the ball and doesn't get the whistle many times.

The two-time MVP is 22-4 versus Rivers in his career. He has dominated that match-up, averaging 29/6/5 on 51/45/94 shooting splits in 26 games.

Curry averaged six free-throw attempts in that match-up.

Curry compared to Jordan

Sports Brief earlier reported on Warriors coach, Steve Kerr comparing Curry to Michael Jordan, after the guard recently got huge 'MVP' chants when playing against the Washington Wizards.

With 28 seconds left in the game, the GSW talisman was greeted with loud chants after an epic performance at the Capitol One Arena, much to his amusement.

For that reason, Kerr has claimed Curry is the modern Jordan, saying he is arguably the best basketball player of all time.

Source: Sports Brief News