Curry’s dramatic drop in scoring in the Finals
NBA MVP Stephen Curry hasn’t quite been up to MVP form lately.
During the regular season, Curry averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.1 steals at 50% from the field in 34 minutes of play, joining the short 50-40-90 list in the process (40% from three, 90% from free-throw line).
Looking at his production in the NBA Finals, it seems like he had his powers snatched by one of the Space Jam Monstars.
It’s not that dramatic, but it is dramatic enough to take notice. Perhaps it was taken for granted seeing Curry hitting a flurry of 30 footers and behind the back crossover shots, no matter who was guarding him all year.
Right now, Curry doesn’t look as bouncy on his shots, he doesn’t drive to the hole as much when the defense plays him close on the perimeter, and his scoring production has dropped a full 8 points per game.
In the 2016 NBA Finals, Curry is averaging just 22.2 points, 4.6 assists, and 0.8 steals with a whopping 42% from the field in 34 minutes.
His 8 point drop-off per game from the regular season to the Finals is the most by a MVP in the last 25 years. It’s unheard of that a player has one of the best individual regular seasons ever, and one of his worst postseason drop offs in the same year, at least by MVP standards.
While the Warriors are a team that utilizes their depth to play and win, Curry’s individual production has been less than MVP like across the board. He has denied any injuries affecting him at the present time.
Credit the Cleveland Cavaliers defense for their hard trapping perimeter defense, but Curry has also just flat out missed many of the shots he usually makes.
Curry has 2 more games to redeem himself, and possibly grab the Finals MVP trophy if he can lead the team to a championship while having a similar performance to Game 4, his best game of the Finals by far.
All he needs is one more.
Game 6 starts on Thursday, June 16th at 9 p.m. ET.
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