Matisse Thybulle stalls and makes history vs. Warriors
History was in the air Saturday night as the Philadelphia 76ers prepared for a matchup against the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors. Heading into the matchup, Stephen Curry needed ten made threes to surpass Ray Allen and become the new all-time leader in three-pointers made.
Unfortunately for Curry, the Sixers had no intentions of letting history get made on their home floor. In an effort to slow down the high-powered guard, Doc Rivers made some changes to his starting lineup. Matisse Thybulle got the start over Danny Green and was tasked with being the primary defender on the former MVP.
Thybulle has never backed down from a premier defensive matchup, and Saturday was no different. The 24-year-old was glued to Curry’s hip for a majority of the game and made life miserable for him.
In the end, Curry fell very short of breaking the record in primetime. He struggled mightily against the Sixers, shooting 6-for-20 from the floor en route to finishing with 18 points. 14 of Curry’s attempts came from beyond the arc, but he connected on just three of them.
Not only did Thybulle manage to stall history, but he made some of his own in the process. The defensive specialist became the first player in history to block multiple Curry three-point attempts in the same game. Thybulle accounted for two of the Sixers’ five blocks in their win Saturday night.
Very few players have ever been able to disrupt Curry the way Thybulle did. Performances like this are a testament to how special of a talent he is on the defensive end.
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