Feb. 22, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) drives the ball during the game against the Phoenix Suns in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Premier Matchup: Stephen Curry vs Avery Bradley

Feb 24, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams (7) in the second quarter at Target Center. Warriors won 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Tomorrow night, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors fans get a treat as they witness two up and coming guards, Stephen Curry and Avery Bradley. Both come into the game with completely different mindsets and games. Curry is offensive oriented, while Bradley puts defense first above everything else. In the past we’ve been accustomed to seeing Rajon Rondo face other elite point guards in the league, but this time it’s Avery Bradley’s turn to face up against another rising guard in Stephen Curry.

Last night against the New York Knicks, Curry scored a career high 54 points, shooting 18 for 28 from the field, and knocking down 11 of 13 three point shots. Unfortunately for the Warriors, they came up four points short losing 109-105 to the Knicks. Curry is a powder keg, once he catches fire there is no stopping him. His pull up three’s in transition last night were lethal, and his quickness was just unstoppable.

Curry has scored 92 points combined in his last two games scoring 38 against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. If there is anyone who can stop this offensive explosion it would be Avery Bradley. Bradley, who is known to shut down some of the best guards in the league, probably isn’t phased by Curry’s recent dominance on the floor. Just like Rondo, Bradley plays harder against better players to show the league what he’s got.

Tomorrow night, something has to give, either Curry get’s shut down, or Bradley gets beaten on defense. Before the season, this would have been the most unlikely matchup to get any attention whatsoever, but both players have been playing great as of late and it will be enjoyable to see them battle it out throughout the entire game. Tomorrow also holds some significant importance to their respective teams as both the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors are fighting for playoff spots in their conferences. It should be a great game in every aspect, but I will be focused on this one matchup as either player could be the key to a victory for their teams.

 

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