Stephen Curry and Tony Parker are the top two point guards remaining in the NBA postseason. When the second-round series between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs commences, fans should be treated to the best individual matchup of the postseason.
Curry averaged 24.3 points per game against the Denver Nuggets in the first round, and he's leading the NBA in postseason assists with 9.3 dimes per contest.
Parker, who is an inch shorter and five years older than Curry, led his Spurs to an impressive four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers and averaged 22.3 points and 6.5 assists per game, shooting 49 percent from the field along the way.
The Warriors will enter the series with the Spurs as decided underdogs, but after witnessing Curry's ability to demoralize an opponent with his long-range artistry, there is hope that this series will be more competitive than it seems on the surface.
If Curry's ankles hold up, it could be downright riveting.
None of the remaining playoff series have an individual matchup that can compare to the fireworks Curry and Parker could produce. Even a potential pairing of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in the Eastern Conference Finals would pale in comparison.
James will always be better than any player he squares off with on the court, but in a Parker-Curry matchup, you get one player who has already tasted superstardom and might be on the downside of his career, and another whose legend is just beginning.
Curry's 19-point eruption in a four-minute span of a Game 4 home win over the Nuggets is the type of stuff people will talk about for years. Imagine how loud the chatter will get if Curry can somehow outplay Parker and lead the Warriors to the Western Conference Finals.
Considering how dominant at times Parker looked against the Lakers, I'm sure he'll be primed for the challenge Curry presents. Parker will also be motivated by a season spent under the radar, despite a brilliant 2012-13 campaign.
During the regular season, Parker's name was rarely mentioned among the NBA's top point guards, but everything he did on the court suggested he belonged in the conversation.
Parker shot better than 50 percent from the field while averaging more than 20 points per game and 7.6 assists, and he was the glue that held the Spurs backcourt together when the team suffered from injuries.
Curry also knows a little about holding his team together. Few people gave the Warriors much of a chance against Denver when interior force David Lee was lost to a hip injury, but Curry put the team on the end of his feathery release and never looked back.
And now it has come to this.
When the Warriors and Spurs tip off on May 6, viewers will be treated to what could be the most intriguing individual matchup of the postseason. If Golden State has bottled some of the magic from its win over Denver, it could be highly entertaining as well.
I'm sure there will be plenty of drama in the Indiana-New York series, and Memphis-Oklahoma City should be a treat as well. But can you think of a better way to potentially end a series than at the end of a Parker finger-roll or a long-distance jump shot from Curry?
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