Steve Kerr jokes about the effect of Stephen Curry’s injury on rough Game 2
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was noticeably out of his usual form during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals series against the Houston Rockets Wednesday night. Curry scored 16 points on 7-for-19 shooting from the field. He was especially horrible from long range, as he missed seven of his eight 3-point attempts. It was his second game in a row in which he was awful from behind the arc, as he also shot 1-for-5 from distance in the series opener.
Asked whether Curry is being limited by the knee injury that forced him to miss the final 10 games of the regular season and the Warriors’ first six games in these playoffs, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr playfully answered yes but only by “13.7 percent”, via Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Steve Kerr asked how much Curry's injury was responsible for his game tonight, joked: "13.7 percent." pic.twitter.com/iwt9M83yhr
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 17, 2018
Even after a tough 127-105 loss to the Rockets in Game 2, Kerr still got jokes.
In six games since returning to the lineup, Curry has averaged 22.0 points on 46.5 percent shooting with 5.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. These are significant step-downs from his regular-season production of 26.4 points on 49.5 percent shooting.
Curry’s subpar performance in the Rockets series could also be blamed for the way the Rockets are tiring him out on defense.
In any case, Curry will have to recover his shooting touch sooner than later. A game at home this Sunday for Game 3 of the conference finals along with a lengthy three-day rest should help Curry round back into his MVP form.