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Warriors’ Stephen Curry refuses to blame finger injury for missed layups

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A lot of headlines and social media posts talked about how Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had the worst playoff game of his career in their 126-121 Game 3 loss against the Houston Rockets.

The two-time MVP had a rough night on Saturday, as he shot just 7-of-23 from the field en route to 17 inefficient points in 44 minutes. Curry continued to shoot poorly from long-range — 2-of-9 from 3 — as he has done through the entire series. However, he also uncharacteristically failed to make his shots from in close, missing multiple layups through the night. To add to that, he also had one of the all-time playoff blunders with a missed dunk at the end of overtime.

Despite his shooting woes, Curry refused to blame his finger injury for his struggles in Game 3:

It should be noted that some of the missed layups were attempts with his left hand, four days after he dislocated the middle finger on that hand, which was taped to his ring finger during the game. But when I asked Curry if his finger was bothering him, specifically on those layups, Curry waved it off.

“I’ve just gotta make those,” Curry said, per Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. “If I’m out there playing, gotta produce. And it just didn’t happen tonight.”

Curry suffered a pretty nasty middle finger dislocation in Game 2. Ever since, he has had his fingers taped.

However, Curry certainly isn’t one to make excuses, and he didn’t even bother pointing to his injury as a key component of his struggles. He usually owns up to bad nights like this one, and he acknowledged he has to get better and keep trusting that his shots will eventually fall.

And fall they must in Game 4 if the Warriors want to return home with a 3-1 series lead over their Western Conference rival.