Stephen Curry says Warriors were playing too ‘cute’
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors failed to steal another game on the road in their Western Conference finals series matchup with the Houston Rockets after absorbing a 123-105 loss from James Harden and company on Wednesday night. The Rockets’ offense was fueled by their reliance on isolation plays they mostly forced off of switches.
Speaking to the media following the game, Curry expressed his frustrations over his team’s soft stance in defending against that type of offensive setup by Houston, per Anthony Slate of The Athletic.
Steph Curry: "We were being too cute with our exchanges and switches, instead of just manning up and playing 1-on-1 defense."
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 17, 2018
Curry himself did not have a very good outing in Game 2. He finished with 16 points on 7-for-19 shooting from the field, including an atrocious 1-for-8 line from distance. Since Game 1, the two-time league MVP has gone 2-for-13 from behind the arc. His salty shooting aside, the Warriors’ defense is one that’s going to be under the microscope after letting Houston shoot over 51 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from deep on Wednesday. Curry’s defense, in particular, was especially targeted by Houston, as the Rockets repeatedly dumped the ball on whoever the point guard was covering in the game.
With what Curry said in the postgame presser, he’s expected to focus on his defense moving forward, though, actually proving he can do better on that end of the court is going to be easier said than done.
Game 3 of the series is on this Sunday in Oakland.