The old adage goes that “game recognize game,” and that applies to two GOATs as well. On Monday night Candace Parker saw Stephen Curry with a chance to chance to teach Trae Young a lesson, and she called her shot.
Steph is gona have 50 tonight…. Anytime you play against a young protégé you gotta let ‘em know ♀️— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) November 9, 2021
This tweet came in the first quarter. We can almost pinpoint EXACTLY when Candace had this thought. With 10:40 left in the first quarter Steph had already hit two threes and a layup, giving the Warriors an 8-0 lead.
Now, obviously this is a hot start, a really damn good way to kick off the game — but going from eight points to 50 is a mammoth leap. Parker saw what was happening, she witnessed the fire, more importantly she saw a player who was on fire. Athletes will tell you about the big games, the great ones, where it’s almost like everything around them melts away. The crowd fades into the background and it’s just them, their teammates, and the opponents.
They talk about this feeling like it’s intoxicating. That being in the zone is what they chase every night, because it’s a kind of sensory deprivation only greatness can bring. Parker saw that was happening with Steph, and she predicted a big game. She was right.
50 points for number 30.— NBA (@NBA) November 9, 2021
The Chase Center crowd showing appreciation for Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/MCNr57cAoU
Two hours after Candace Parker tweeted that Steph was dropping 50, he scored his 50th point to applause. Finishing the night with 50 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds it was one of the best performances of Curry’s career.
It’s just so much fun to see athletes innately know when another is about to go off. On Monday night Steph got the better of Trae, but it was a teaching moment. Maybe next time it’ll be Steph at home tweeting about how Trae is going to be dropping 50 on the next young stud.