Thybulle limited the 33-year-old to just three-quarters from downtown of the Philadelphia 76ers and was the hero of his team’s 102-93 win over Golden Empire Warriors. The defense of the 24-year-old player Steph Curry stopped from surpassing Ray Allen’s all-time three-point record, with Curry still needing seven triples to overtake Allen.
After the match, Matisse Thybulle was repeatedly asked what to do to protect Steph Curry, arguably the greatest shooter of all time. When asked about the physical and mental challenges of going one-on-one against the Warriors star, Thybulle replied:
“I guess the physical part was the easy part… The hardest part was the mental part of understanding where he was trying to score, how they were trying to keep him open, not falling asleep in the plays. . Because he’s one of those players that can put you to sleep and before you know it, he’s ready to hit the treble.”
Thybulle was also asked what he especially remembers about defending Steph Curry every minute of his time on the floor. He replied:
“It’s hard to say because you’re pretty unlucky to a certain extent. As I see it, it’s just a play… it’s happening in every moment. Follow him, follow him and just try to wreak as much havoc as possible, making him as uncomfortable as possible. ”
The Australian added:
“I don’t remember enough games to give you an honest opinion of how I think I did. I’m just really happy that he didn’t break the record at least before us. I hope he breaks it at some point.”
Steve Kerr praises Matisse Thybulle for defensive effort against Steph Curry
Matisse Thybulle limits Steph Curry to just 18 points and allows the Golden State Warriors superstar just a three-pointer while he keeps watch over him.
The seven-time All-Star who made two more three point photos while Thybulle was benched for halftime. The Philadelphia 76ers star’s defense has earned him admiration from Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Kerr said of Thybulle:
“I credit Thybulle. I think he defends great. He is a rare combination of length, athleticism and brains. He did Steph’s job as well as anyone I’ve seen in a long time. ”
Matisse Thybulle’s stuffy defense limited Steph Curry from one of his worst performances this season. Not only that, it also played a pivotal role in limiting the Golden State Warriors to a season low of 93 points.
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