Steph Curry, in case you haven’t noticed, has played pretty poorly in the Western Conference Finals. He’s averaged 24.3 points per game – which is mediocre by his standards – and he’s shooting 31-of-74 (41.9 percent) from the floor, including 16-of-43 (37.2 percent) from three.
The last two games have been particularly dreadful. In Games 3 and 4 in Oklahoma City, Curry averaged 21.5 points and shot 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) from beyond the arc.
“He’s not playing well,” Warriors legend Rick Barry said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s taking some tough shots and they’re playing him tough. They’re making switches all the time, they’re not worried about the mismatch and they’re forcing him to have to try to get free and shoot over big guys. He’s got (Steven) Adams at times. It’s been tough for him. Even on his drives when he’s going to the basket, he’s not making a lot of those floaters and the shots that he normally makes. Hopefully he’s going to break out of that and the whole team will get back to playing Warriors-style basketball. There’s no question the way that Oklahoma City is playing right now that the Thunder are just going to absolutely destroy them again if they play the way that they’ve played the last few games.”
The Warriors must now win three straight games to advance to the NBA Finals for the second straight year and defend their title. Game 5 is Thursday at ORACLE at 9 p.m. ET.
“I think it’d be difficult for them to be able to do that, come back from a 3-1 deficit and win three in row,” Barry said. “Very, very difficult. It will all be predicated on how well they play (in Game 5). If they just barely win the game, then I’m going to be very concerned about it. But if they come back and play their style of basketball, that’s going to at least give me hope that, okay, they’ve woken up. They realize what they have to do. But then saying that – saying the way you need to play and doing it – those are two different things.”
“I’m looking at this team and I know that they’ve never played four games a poorly as they played these first four games against the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Barry continue. “This is not the team that won 73 games. They’re making bad passes, they’re taking quick, bad shots – I don’t know what the heck is going on. (In) the last two games especially, Steph has not shot the ball well, Draymond has been a non-entity, and even Klay has been a little inconsistent. He went off in the third quarter (of Game 4) to give them a chance to try to fight back, but they just haven’t been able to finish and execute and play the kind of basketball they need to play.”