Warriors search for way to kick-start struggling offense

Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:09pm EDT
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By Frank Pingue

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The top-seeded Golden State Warriors are feeling an unfamiliar sense of urgency to sort out their offensive woes in time to even up the best-of-seven NBA Finals with the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland silenced league Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and the Warriors' run-and-gun offense for the bulk of Tuesday's Game Three to open up a 2-1 series lead that will surely test Golden State's resolve.

"I've always been challenged my whole career not to let made or missed shots affect what else you do on the floor," Curry said on Wednesday.

"It's not a good trait for any basketball player to kind of have your game reflect whether you're making or missing shots."

Curry had a horrendous start to Game Three but somehow found a rhythm late and finished with a team-high 27 points as Golden State clawed back from a 20-point deficit to trail by one late in the final quarter.

According to Curry, bringing that momentum into Thursday's Game Four will be crucial to helping his team avoid being pushed into a do-or-die situation for the first time in these playoffs.

"It does help to see shots go in, and you start to build a rhythm and build momentum," said Curry. "Everybody feeds off seeing the ball go in the basket and you start to feel better about yourself.

"If for some reason it doesn't go that way, we still have to find a way to impact the game and not let that affect your defense. Not let it affect your body language, not let it affect your activity level on the floor."   Continued...

Jun 9, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) dunks the ball over Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) in game three of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports