Stephen Curry tells the genesis of his celebration "Night Night"

Stephen Curry tells the genesis of his celebration “Night Night”

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This is the gesture of the playoffs. During the Warriors title run, Stephen Curry imposed his “Night Night” (“Good night” in French), with both hands on his face, to the whole league. Later, we even saw Neymar take it back on the football pitch.

But where does this now very fashionable gesture come from? The 2022 Finals MVP told it.

“The first time I did it was Game 3 in Denver”reminds the MVP 2015 and 2016 to Boardroom. “It happened very quickly. We were in the energy of our return to the playoffs, which we had missed for two years. I was excited to be back on that stage. I was coming off the bench, so I was even more impatient, I had a lot of energy. »

That’s why the Warriors star can’t quite explain the genesis of this move.

“I don’t even know where it came from. We were in the last quarter, in a tight game. I knew that if we won this Game 3, we were 3-0 and the series was going to be over, either in four or in five games. In this last act, we stop and I was like, to myself, ‘we have to put them down’ (“Put them to sleep” in the original version). That was what I said to myself, and not to my teammates or the room. »

“Whenever I see someone do it, I smile because it reminds me of that playoff run and how powerful the sport is”

This gesture was therefore not at the base, in the mind of the superstar, a way of silencing the spectators or of chambering his opponents. No, it was more of a motivation for Curry.

“I put this layup against Nikola Jokic and that’s where the idea came to make this sign. I wasn’t saying good night at the time. Above all, I thought to myself that the Nuggets had to be put to sleep. Then in Game 5 I put this layup in the last seconds, it was officially a ‘put them to sleep’. The camera didn’t capture that, but I said it. »

The gesture is now recognized in the world of sport. Neymar therefore, but also the footballer Alex Morgan adopted it, and it has now taken on a new meaning.

“Against Memphis, Dallas and finally Boston, he went his own way,” recognizes the four-time NBA champion. “I saw Jordan Poole do it on the bench against Boston, he was pushing me to do it before I even did it. Everyone was crazy on the bench. Whenever I see someone do it, I smile because it reminds me of that playoff run and how powerful the sport is. »

Stephen Curry Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2009-10 GOS 80 36 46.2 43.7 88.5 0.6 3.9 4.5 5.9 3.2 1.9 3.0 0.2 17.5
2010-11 GOS 74 34 48.0 44.2 93.4 0.7 3.2 3.9 5.8 3.2 1.5 3.1 0.3 18.6
2011-12 GOS 26 28 49.0 45.5 80.9 0.6 2.8 3.4 5.3 2.4 1.5 2.5 0.3 14.7
2012-13 GOS 78 38 45.1 45.3 90.0 0.8 3.3 4.0 6.9 2.5 1.6 3.1 0.2 22.9
2013-14 GOS 78 37 47.1 42.4 88.5 0.6 3.7 4.3 8.5 2.5 1.6 3.8 0.2 24.0
2014-15 GOS 80 33 48.7 44.3 91.4 0.7 3.6 4.3 7.7 2.0 2.0 3.1 0.2 23.8
2015-16 GOS 79 34 50.4 45.4 90.8 0.9 4.6 5.4 6.7 2.0 2.1 3.3 0.2 30.1
2016-17 GOS 79 33 46.8 41.1 89.8 0.8 3.7 4.5 6.6 2.3 1.8 3.0 0.2 25.3
2017-18 GOS 51 32 49.5 42.3 92.1 0.7 4.4 5.1 6.1 2.2 1.6 3.0 0.2 26.4
2018-19 GOS 69 34 47.2 43.7 91.6 0.7 4.7 5.4 5.2 2.4 1.3 2.8 0.4 27.3
2019-20 GOS 5 28 40.2 24.5 100.0 0.8 4.4 5.2 6.6 2.2 1.0 3.2 0.4 20.8
2020-21 GOS 63 34 48.2 42.1 91.6 0.5 5.0 5.5 5.8 1.9 1.2 3.4 0.1 32.0
2021-22 GOS 64 35 43.7 38.0 92.3 0.5 4.7 5.2 6.3 2.0 1.3 3.2 0.4 25.5
Total 826 34 47.3 42.8 90.8 0.7 4.0 4.7 6.5 2.4 1.7 3.2 0.2 24.3

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