We talkin’ about a scrimmage? A scrimmage?!
We are talking about a scrimmage, and — more specifically — about one man’s determination and dominance. One man’s utter disregard of what a scrimmage means. One man’s sheer audacity.
Seth Curry arrived to the Dallas Mavericks’ first bit of action since March with murderous intent. NBA Twitter heralded this Mavericks-Lakers scrimmage as an opportunity for players to warm up their basketball muscles, with absolutely no regard for defense. And Seth Curry was 100 percent on board with this plan.
The moment Curry donned a white headband over his quarantine hair, we should’ve known he was arming himself up for annihilation. Before this scrimmage, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle was quoted as saying “anything is in play tonight,” but one has to imagine even the venerable Carlisle had no idea what Curry had in mind. No one did.
Seth Curry took a deep breath and visualized the season he had before the March stoppage. He remembered the feeling of scoring 30-points on 11-of-15 shooting in Mexico City. Yes, that felt good. Shooting like that in a warm-weather city is something he could get used to. As the scrimmage got underway, it dawned on Curry that Orlando, Florida is also a warm-weather city. Was it simply coincidence or could this scientific (yes it’s science, everything is science) fact help to replicate that explosive performance from Mexico City?
Only one way to find out.
Seth Curry finds the ball in his hands. He spies a teammate trying to get free in the wing. Curry’s defender makes the ill-fated decision of giving Curry a cushion. Curry shoots. He’s 1-for-1.
The game continues as the Mavs and Lakers see-saw between leads. Defense is optional, and the focus is clearly on the superstars for both teams.
Seth Curry is now a few minutes into the game and hasn’t missed yet. Flashes of Mexico City dance in his head and his shooting arm flexes itself. He’s glad he wore bright green sneakers, this way he’ll make sure his feet are clearly beyond the three-point line when he shoots. Seth Curry is methodical and no detail goes unchecked.
Curry would go on to score 23 points in just 16 minutes. A final line of 8-of-8 from the field, a crazy 6-of-6 from deep, and just for good measure he even made sure to hit his one free throw, as if to show the rest of his team that free throws are important too (free throws are important and the 2019-2020 Mavericks would do well to heed this fact).
This Mavericks offense continues to be potent and then you add a rested and re-calibrated Seth Curry shooting arm. If he can produce at even 57 percent of the output he had against the vaunted Lakers on Thursday night, it could be THE difference during the Mavericks’ playoff run.
The NBA bubble experience started off with perhaps too much focus on the culinary options available for the players.
In turn, Seth Curry kicked off the Mavericks’ bubble journey by cooking the Lakers.