Jarrett Jack saw Stephen Curry's growth and transformation up close, playing with the Warriors superstar in 2012-13.
So if anyone on the Nets was familiar with squaring off against Curry and the defending NBA champions at Oracle Arena, it's Jack.
"It seems as if it's a one-man show, but it isn't," Jack said. "They kind of work on all cylinders and he reaps the benefits of guys that do a lot of selfless work to get him open. And he does an amazing job of knocking down shots."
Curry is in the midst of another one of his head-shaking stretches, propelling the Warriors to a 10-0 record entering Saturday night. That represents the best start in franchise history, topping the Philadelphia Warriors' 9-0 start in 1960-61.
Curry was coming off an exhilarating 46-point outing against the Timberwolves, posting his third 40-point game of the young season. He leads the league in scoring, averaging 33.3 points per game. The reigning MVP already has knocked down more three pointers than the Nets have as a team, connecting on 52 of 110 attempts. Conversely, the Nets began the night 41 of 144 beyond the arc.
Just what makes him such a ridiculously tough cover?
"The guy can shoot, he can dribble with both hands," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. "He can step back, he can go to the basket, he finishes with both hands at the basket. He's also very, very quick and when you shoot like him you become quicker."
Limiting his looks is nearly impossible, particularly in transition, and Hollins joked there's only really one way to contain the crafty guard.
"We've got to go and get somebody to go in his locker room right now and put some handcuffs on him and hide him in the bathroom," Hollins said. "The guy is going to get his shots and his points. When you are talking about MVP caliber players, nobody stops them, nobody limits them. They either make shots or they don't make shots."
Even interim Warriors coach Luke Walton's jaw drops more than occasionally when Curry is out there doing his thing. That's not an easy thing to do, given Walton played in the league for 10 seasons and is also the son of Hall of Famer Bill Walton.
"Yes, all the time," Walton said. "I've been around this game a long time and he does things every night that is just fun to watch. Not only just being a coach, obviously, but as a basketball fan it's fun to sit there and see what he is capable of doing."
A sharpshooter extraordinaire, including the postseason Curry has sank a three-pointer in 104 consecutive games -- the longest streak in NBA history. He has drained a shot beyond the three-point arc in 83 consecutive regular-season games -- the third-longest three-point streak in league history and also Curry's career best stretch. "I just think he's playing with the most confidence you've seen a guy play with," Joe Johnson said. "I mean, the shots that he's shooting, you don't want to necessarily say that they are great shots. But he makes them, he makes the guys around him better, which is the biggest key for them. So, that's huge."