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The Champion, Steph Curry is looking to defend his title in the 2017-18 season. Defending the title belt is the task that separates the men from the boys. If he’s not ducking challengers, Isaiah Thomas is next in line for a title fight. Speaking of ducking, Isaiah has had the privilege of playing alongside defensive guru Avery Bradley the last three NBA seasons, and the world renouned cut man is no longer with him. Speaking of cuts, in their previous bouts, Stephen Curry has managed to split Isaiah right down the middle, leaving him blind in one eye, with a broken nose. The amount of punishment Thomas has sustained goes even deeper than that though, bruised ribs and a fractured wrist don’t quite say it all. Since having success in their first three scrimages, Steph has managed to bruise this man’s ego and it might just be beyond repair. Ya, no one is going to forget the night that Isaiah poured 31 on 30. But, hey, you know what they say about dogs… they start jacking up 20 shots a game.

The Tale of the Tape for this Light Heavyweight Bout:

Champ: Steph Wardell Curry / Challenger: Isaiah Jamar Thomas
Nickname: En Fuego Man / Nickname: Big Head
Height: 6’2″ / Height: 5’9″
Weight: 190 pounds / Weight: 185 pounds
Reach: 75 1/2″ / Reach: 73 3/4″
Head to Head Record: 9-7 Curry
KO’s: 8 / KO’s: 5

Head to Head Stats:

Champ
Games played 16, Minutes 598 & MPG 37.4, FGM/FGA 130/305 for 43% & 19.3 FGA/G,
3PTM/3PTA 62/148 for 42% & 9.5 3PTA/G, FTM/FTA 65/70 for 93% & 4.3 FTA/G,
Total Rebounds 70 & 4.4 RPG, Assists 130 & 8.1 APG, Steals 32 & 2 SPG,
Turnovers 78 & 4.9 TPG, Points 385 & 24.1 PPG, and a +/- of +70

Challenger
Games played 16, Minutes 463 & 28.9 MPG, FGM/FGA 87/214 for 41% & 13.5 FGA/G,
3PTM/3PTA 27/93 for 29% & 5.8 3PTA/G, FTM/FTA 68/77 for 88% & 4.8 FTA/PG,
Total Rebounds 39 & 2.4 RPG, Assists 77 & 4.8 APG, Steals 14 & 0.9 SPG,
Turnovers 46 & 2.9 TOV/G, Points 233 & 14.6 PPG, and a +/- of -40

Career Highs Versus:

Champ

Points 43, Assists 12, Rebounds 11, Steals 5, 3’s made 8.

Challenger

Points 31, Assists 10, Rebounds 6, Steals 3, 3’s made 7.

The only looming number is 7 L’s, regular season, post season, whatever season.
Not another inch Champ.

You can quote me on it:

One thing you never hear about in the NBA is the guys who got to dig deeper, ’cause someone tries to dodge them.

Gentleman touch gloves…