Video: Blazers coach Terry Stotts seems annoyed by reporter’s question about Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry put on a clinic on Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Following the game, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was asked about the type of defense they elected to play on Curry. Stotts did not appear to be in a good mood, and fired back at the reporter with a dose of sarcasm:
Terry Stotts is IN NO MOOD. pic.twitter.com/RspBRpI4CO
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 15, 2019
Coach Stotts was referring to Curry’s Game 6 explosion against the Houston Rockets in the second round. The 30-year-old scored 33 points in the second half following a scoreless first two quarters. That was indeed an epic performance from Curry, and as made obvious by his response here, Stotts understands that sometimes, even the best defense proves no match to greatness.
Despite a valiant effort from the Blazers, the Warriors were able to pull away in the fourth and final frame to secure a 116-94 Game 1 victory. This was thanks in large part to Curry’s game-high 36 points (on 12-of-23 shooting), which came along with nine 3-pointers, six rebounds, seven assists, a steal, and just one turnover in 35 minutes of play.
Coach Stotts and his team will need to re-evaluate their plan for Game 2 as they try to prevent another onslaught from Stephen Curry. Stotts may look to trap a bit more instead of just sitting back and letting the Warriors star walk into open 3-pointers. It’s going to be tough trying to stop the former back-to-back MVP no matter the defense, but the Blazers will have to do it if they hope to progress to the NBA Finals.