Trash talk has been a part of any and every professional sport, and it's one of the most exciting things for a fan to witness. It can hype up the crowd and give your team some momentum, or throw your opponent off his game. Sometimes it can even backfire on you. That's exactly what happened to Kevin Porter Jr. against the Golden State Warriors when star Stephen Curry blew up in the young guard's face.
“Fun stuff like that happens in the game,” Warriors star Stephen Curry told ClutchPoints. “I take it all as entertainment and sometimes you need a little boost. I never really play into it much. Obviously, I didn't say anything back so just hoop and have fun with it.”
Stephen Curry on the trash talk from Kevin Porter Jr.:
"Fun stuff like that happens in the game. I take it all as entertainment and sometimes you need a little boost. I never really play into it much. Obviously, I didn't say anything back so just hoop and have fun with it."
— Mark Haynes (@markhaynesnba) February 1, 2022
Having fun with it was what the two-time MVP did. Curry finished with a game-high 40 points and the last laugh. Some players you don't talk trash with, and No. 30 is one of them. His focus won't leave it probably gets sharper when a player starts chirping.
The three-time champion has been in a terrible shooting slump and the trash talk or should I say pep talk from Porter Jr. got him going Monday evening. He shot 13-of-23 from the field and 7-of-14 from deep in the 122-108 victory over Houston.
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In the postgame interviews, Stephen Curry did mention that it wasn't all trash talk from the Rockets guard. He said Kevin Porter Jr. asked for some advice also. Curry refused to tell him during the game, but he was willing to share his knowledge with him after. The other advice the Warriors icon gave, without actually saying it, was you don't talk trash to the best shooter to ever live.