Stephen Curry is two shots shy of setting a new NBA standard, and the question circulating around the Golden State Warriors locker room ahead of the season finale at Portland on Wednesday night is when - not if - he will break Ray Allen's single-season record of 269 3-pointers.
''He should be done with that by the end of the first quarter,'' guard Jarrett Jack said.
With the way Curry has shot the ball this season, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
The rejuvenated Warriors point guard, with his twice surgically repaired right ankle no longer an issue, has shown just what he can do in a season of near-perfect health. He is shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and is averaging almost 3 1/2 baskets from long range over the 77 games he has played.
''I don't know who second place is for the best shooter in the world,'' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. ''But he certainly has first place tied up.''