Warriors news: Steve Kerr explains why Stephen Curry is struggling
The Golden State Warriors are looking at two games back home in Oracle Arena to seize a potential 3-1 lead over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. Right now, they’re likely favored to win Games 3 and 4, but they won’t be able to do so without their All-Star point guard Stephen Curry playing like, well, an All-Star.
Curry returned form a six week absence due to a sprained MCL, and put on a show in Game 2 of the Warriors second round series against the New Orelans Pelicans. 28 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and three steals on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and 5-of-10 from beyond the arc had everyone saying “Steph’s back!”
In Games 1 and 2 of these Conference Finals, however, Curry had a combined 34 points on 15-of-34 shooting from the field and just 2-of-13 from beyond the arc. Many are wondering whether Curry’s knee is affecting him at all.
-Steph Curry's two home playoff games: 28 and 28 points on 58% shooting
-Steph Curry's four road playoff games: 19, 23, 18 and 16 points on 41% shooting
As this series shifts to Oakland, Steve Kerr says: "Steph and Oracle, that's a good combination."
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 18, 2018
Head coach Steve Kerr shut down any notion that Curry’s knee is affecting him at Warriors practice on Friday afternoon.
“Steph’s healthy,” said Kerr. “He’s moving fine, but this is more rhythm than anything. You come back from a six- week absence in the regular season, chances are you’re gonna have a game where nobody’s focused and the other team is playing their fourth game in five nights, so the defense isn’t that tough, you make a bunch of threes and you feel good.
“In the playoffs, the analogy, I would use would be baseball. You come back in the playoffs, you’re facing the other team’s best pitching night after night.”
Warriors’ Steve Kerr: “I think Steph’s healthy. It’s more rhythm than anything.” pic.twitter.com/0qfRA16Qxq
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 18, 2018
With the Warriors back home, Curry and the Warriors will have a raucous fanbase ready to rock the Rockets back to Houston down 3-1 in a few days. Curry, however, will have to be Curry if the Warriors want a chance to do that.