Stephen Curry endured his worst shooting night of the NBA season in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, missing 18 of 23 shots, including just 2-of-15 on three-pointers, and his Warriors were stunned at home by the Cavs in overtime. Curry shot an airball with Golden State down one in the final :10, and then turned the ball over right before the final buzzer.
The media is hyping Matthew Dellavedova as the main reason for Curry’s struggles, but the shooting woes are actually deeper than that. Since Curry took this nasty spill in Game 4 against Houston, he hasn’t looked like the MVP.
Here are Curry’s stats in the last three games and from the second half of Houston game in which he was injured.
Game 2, Cleveland: 5-for-23 FG, 2-for-15 on 3FG
Game 1, Cleveland: 10-for-20 FG, 2-for-6 on 3FG
Game 5, Houston: 7-for-21 FG, 3-for-11 on 3FG
Game 4, Houston (post-injury): 4-for-9 FG, 3-for-4 on 3FG
Field goal shooting: 26-of-73, 35.6%
3-Point shooting: 10-of-36, 27%
They are way off his regular season numbers of 48% from the field and 44% on 3-pointers.
Just a rancid three-game stretch? Tired legs approaching Game 100 of the season (Golden State is 80-19)? Or could Curry still have some lingering effects from the fall in Houston?
Game 3 is Tuesday.