Former NC State point guard Dennis Smith Jr faced off against childhood hero Steph Curry last night, in the Mavs 122-125 loss to the Warriors.
Smith struggled from the field (6-18 FG), but finished with 14 points and 8 assists. With that being said, Dennis did what Dennis always does. He put on a show.
What we have here is Dennis Smith Jr breezing by Curry, and Kevin Durant wisely moving out of the way.
— NBA (@NBA) January 4, 2018
On this play, Smith Jr did his own Curry impression on the man himself.
Next Mavs possession Dennis Smith Jr. gives Steph a little cooking of his own pic.twitter.com/4IF8r3XR1r
— Isaac Harris (@IsaacHarrisNBA) January 4, 2018
DSJ will jump from any distance and dunk it. Defenders being present doesn’t matter. This man doesn’t believe in finger rolls.
Every time I think there’s no way Dennis Smith Jr. is gonna finish a dunk in traffic he just keeps going up and then pic.twitter.com/FEkXsEJr40
— Terrance Fergwobson (@World_Wide_Wob) January 4, 2018
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle wasn’t surprised one bit.
Rick Carlisle on Dennis Smith Jr.: “He’s not a guy that’s going to cower in the limelights. He’s built for this.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 4, 2018
When asked after the game how manages to put his childlike awe aside and compete when playing against a guy like Steph Curry, who he idolized as a kid?
“Because I ain’t no kid no more”(ESPN)