The stat line maybe didn’t show it, but the final score sure did. What the hell is wrong with Steph Curry?
Curry played maybe the worst big game of his MVP season Wednesday night in Game 3, and it wasn’t relegated to just awful shooting — because he did end up going 6-of-13 after starting cold. No, Steph’s all-around game was one error after another.
And we’re not the only ones who think so. ESPN’s Zach Lowe said pretty much the same after the game, and it’s worth wondering if it was the collective defense of Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving, or if Steph just didn’t rise to the challenge. There are no #excuses, injury or otherwise, but it’s worth looking at Steph’s mistakes on both side of the ball to figure out if this is a one-game hiccup, or something deeper.
At one point in the second quarter, Steve Kerr actually subbed Steph out for his erratic play, and the Warriors coach could be seen, at least by the amateur detectives on Twitter, asking Steph, “Are you OK?” We’ll attempt to answer that loaded question, despite Steph’s insistence to the contrary after the game. He did say, “I need to play better,” but some of his errors in Game 3 go beyond the the normal on-court infractions that affect every fallible basketball player.