Stephen Curry Shows Eric Bledsoe He Has a Long Way to Go to be Considered Elite

By Zach Slotter
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The Golden State Warriors put the beatdown on the Phoenix Suns last night by a score of 115-86. This game was pretty much over by halftime as the Warriors built a 19-point lead. The much anticipated showdown in this game was between two of the better young point guards in the entire NBA in Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Eric Bledsoe of the Suns, but that battle, like the game itself, turned out to be very one sided as well.

Curry struggled with his shot for the fifth straight game, but that didn’t take away from his overall performance. He notched a triple-double on the night by recording 14 points, 13 rebounds and 16 assists. He got a big game from Klay Thompson on the outside (21 points) and David Lee on the inside (17).

Bledsoe, on the other hand, got no help from his teammates as PJ Tucker led the team in scoring with only 11 points, the only Suns player to achieve double figures. Because of the blowout Bledsoe himself recorded only 19 minutes and scored seven points on 3-for-9 shooting with zero rebounds and zero assists. It was just Bledsoe’s second game scoring single digits and his first where he was unable to record a rebound or an assist.

The stat of the night: Curry with a plus-27 rating, Bledsoe with a minus-13.

We’ll chalk this up as just a bad game overall for Bledsoe and the surprising Suns, but hopefully the young point guard had his notebook out on this one. He should have learned that just because you are struggling shooting you can still do things to help your team win. Bledsoe has a little ways to go when it comes to getting to the level of Curry and the league’s other elite point guards, but if the Suns stay in the hunt this year this matchup could remain interesting down the stretch.

Zach Slotter is a contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zslot6, Like his Facebook page and add him on Google. 

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