The Golden State Warriors don’t seem to be as worried as most people are about Stephen Curry’s shooting struggles, having gone 2-of-13 from distance in the first two games of the series against the Houston Rockets.
Yet his confidence in a bounce-back performance doesn’t come from just a storied reputation, but rather his unequivocal belief of many years and counting.
“I have confidence in myself and my teammates have confidence in me to do what I need to do,” the two-time MVP told The Associated Press on Friday. “Never worry about it because I know how hard I work at it. It’s not a false sense of confidence. I know how hard I work at what I do.”
“I’ve gone 0-for-11 before shooting 3s, 1-for-8. Whatever the case is, you’re always shooting that next shot with the optimism and the confidence that it’s going in. So you can work on stuff in between practices and games and get your rhythm, just seeing the ball go in, work on your mechanics, but never lose confidence in myself ever. And that’ll never change.”
Curry doesn’t seem worried about those concerned about his health or his recovery from a Grade 2 MCL sprain suffered late in the regular season but rather focused on having an impact in the series.
“Just waking up every day with optimism and confidence in myself and where I’m at. That’s all I can really kind of speak on,” Curry said. “There isn’t time to kind of coast or ease your way into it, especially with the intensity and pressure and all that stuff, so you’ve got to be ready.”
Historically, Curry has bounced back in big ways from shooting struggles, and while the Rockets have taken the air from his tires by making him much more active on defense — the opportunities will be there and it will be up to him to execute them.