Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: The amazing thing (about Stephen Curry against West Virginia) was that as soon as Davidson lost its lead down the stretch, you just KNEW Curry was going to start draining 3-pointers like he was in shoot around. And as soon as you saw him drain that first, ridiculous fade-away 3-pointer after a nasty crossover, you knew that the game was basically over. Everyone in the building knew that shot was a swish.
That was the real lesson from Tuesday night. Not that Stephen Curry is a great shooter, because he actually missed twice as many shots as he made. It was bigger than that. What was special about the performance was that the guy played as poorly as he can play (eight turnovers) and shot as poorly as he can shoot (started the game 5-of-22 from the field), and yet when things were in the balance he took over, made, as Bob Huggins said, "two hard shots" in the final 61 seconds and led his team to another win over a program from a power conference. That's a unique talent, to be able to do that. Not to mention on national TV. In Madison Square Garden. With everybody expecting you to do it.
So, Nate, I agree with you, that what happened Tuesday night was "amazing," at least in basketball terms. And that's why Curry is getting so much attention, because he consistently lives up to the hype, even if it takes him 35 or so minutes to get started.