FACT FOCUS: 5 full-court shots in a row even for Curry

Stephen Curry is known for hitting deep 3-point shots and buzzers from half court – but even the famed Warriors guard hasn’t sunk five consecutive full-court baskets, despite a convincingly edited video that has swept across social media this week.

The 34-year-old NBA star’s clip racked up more than 28 million views and more than 40,000 shares on Twitter after Sports Illustrated posted it on Sunday.

“Steph Gonna STEPH,” the Warriors tweeted.

“Mark him a threat to society,” Memphis Grizzlies goaltender Ja Morant wrote.

However, five consecutive full-court shots would have been an otherworldly feat, even for Curry, the reigning NBA Finals MVP for the defending champion Warriors and the NBA’s all-time leader ever since. that he overtook Ray Allen last December.

Here is an overview of the facts.

CLAIM: Video posted online by Sports Illustrated shows Curry taking five consecutive full-court shots.

THE FACTS: “If it’s on the Internet, it’s real! Isn’t it, Clay? It’s true! That’s right!” Curry yelled at an Associated Press reporter on Monday, referencing teammate Klay Thompson before gleefully running off.

But Curry was just having fun. The clip of him throwing five one-handed shots the length of a practice field, each sinking, was “not real,” said Raymond Ridder, senior vice president of communications for the Warriors.

“He could do it, but not five in a row,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I think just the fact that it was Steph made people stop and wonder if it was real. That’s all you need to know about Steph. Pretty remarkable.

Sports Illustrated tweeted the clip on Sunday, saying, “Just finished a shoot with @stephencurry30 this dude just can’t miss.” His tweet attributed the video to Ari Fararooy, a video creator known for performing similar video tricks with seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

The video appeared ahead of Sports Illustrated’s announcement of Curry as December’s cover star and 2022 Sportsman of the Year. The outlet acknowledged on Tuesday that the video “is, in fact, not real “.

“We had a lot of fun with it,” Curry said in a postgame interview Monday. “I did two, though, just in case anyone was wondering.”


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