Luke Walton in wrong place at wrong time for Steph Curry’s 3

Steph Curry was feeling himself after sealing the Golden State Warriors’ win over the previously 8-3 Cleveland Cavaliers, and he let them know it, staring down the Cavs bench while draining a clutch 3.

But the flex was particularly unfortunate for one erstwhile NBA assistant who got caught in Curry’s wrath.

So confident was Curry in the 3-pointer that he turned straight to the Cavs bench immediately after letting go of the ball, not bothering to watch the shot fall in.

Tragically for Luke Walton, the Cavaliers assistant was directly in the line of Curry’s vision. The cameras caught Curry’s stare-down, and Walton instantly became a punching bag on the internet. 

The son of Hall of Famer Bill Walton, Luke Walton has had an uneven career as a coach in the NBA. He was an assistant with Golden State from 2014 to 2016, winning a title with the team in 2015. With Steve Kerr recovering from a back injury, Walton led the Warriors as interim head coach to a record 24 straight wins to open the 2015-16 season.

Following the heels of his success as an interim head coach, Walton was named head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers from 2016 to 2019 but missed the playoffs every year despite the team signing LeBron James in 2018. He then became head coach of the Sacramento Kings but could not get the team into contention and was fired at the beginning of last season.  

Add getting flexed on by Steph Curry to a career list of embarrassments.

Curry finished the game with 40 points, one game after scoring 47 in the Dubs’ win over Sacramento. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Curry is the oldest player to score 40 points in back-to-back games since Michael Jordan in 2002.  

Curry’s performance drew praise from everyone from Kerr to ex-teammate Kevin Durant to San Francisco 49ers star Deebo Samuel, who was in attendance. 

Curry will see if he can stretch his 40-point streak to three games on Sunday when the Warriors rematch against the Kings in Sacramento.

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