Angels reliever Joe Smith stuns Stephen Curry in PIG game

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:49 AM

Then, the Angels relief pitcher stymied the reigning NBA MVP on a left-handed 3-pointer and had suddenly beaten arguably the world'south best basketball player at a good-natured game of PIG."That was fun.

Angels reliever Joe Smith stuns Stephen Curry in PIG game

Joe Smith made a blind, backward, over-the-head free toss that Stephen Curry couldn't match. Then, the Angels relief pitcher stymied the reigning NBA MVP on a left-handed 3-pointer and had suddenly beaten arguably the world'south best basketball player at a good-natured game of PIG.

"That was fun. I loved it," a giddy Smith said afterward. "I'm not that bad. I ain't that excellent either. Sometimes a small bit of luck, a lot bit of luck."

Whether Curry brought his absolute best stuff to the post-practice contest, we'll never know. It sure made Smith'south day to walk far a winner from the defending winner Golden State Warriors' practice. Smith, infielder Cliff Pennington and sluggers Albert Pujols and Mike Trout attended practice Tuesday before their night game against the Oakland Athletics some ten minutes down the freeway at the Coliseum.

At the ballpark, Smith was still riding high from his improbable feat.

"I mean, I'll play him again," he said.

Curry made ninety of one hundred 3-pointers during the practice before playing PIG, so the Angels felt beautiful fortunate. Pennington, who gave Curry a 'P' in the PIG game with a shot from the right wing just interior the 3-point arc, caught twenty-eight in a row on video.

"Hey, a letter'south a letter," Pennington said, smiling. "It took all four of us to strategically beat him."

And what a day to be there, with Golden State (72-9) trying to beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' all-time wins record in Wednesday night'south regular-season finale against Memphis at Oracle Arena.

Smith took his win in stride. He received handshakes and hugs from Curry.

"Well, you don't go into something expecting you're going to lose, that ain't how you become a professional athlete," cracked Smith. "Everything you do you wish to win. But that was beautiful cool. Love I told him, we positioned everybody the right way. I just got lucky, I was in front of him and there were four guys. All of his tough shots, everybody else missed. We knew somebody had to beat him. We couldn't walk out of here without a win, you know? That'south not making ESPN."

Oh, and Trout dunked and also topped Draymond Green in a separate game. The slugger regularly shot long three ala Curry.

"It'south chilly to attempt to get the shots he generally takes," said Trout, who praised Smith'south shot-making, noting: "He'south got all the tricks up his sleeve. He gets me mainly on his lefty shot."

Curry got a kick out of having the Angels in the house.

"I've watched Albert Pujols for years and never met him before so that'south beautiful chilly and obviously Mike Trout and the rest of the teammates, talented guys in their trade, so it'south beautiful chilly that they'd arrive out and look us practice and obtain to chop it up for a little bit."

But, he did declare all this before losing to Smith.

"That was fun," Pujols said. "We had a good time."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia was thrilled for his players getting such a fun experience and learning how the best NBA team operates on a daily basis. He knows Smith will construct from the monumental victory, too.

"I'm hoping he carries the momentum from a tremendous morning if he pitches tonight," Scioscia said. "Confidence comes in a lot of different ways."

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