Warriors' Curry not bothered by uneven Finals performance
By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) - Stephen Curry is not lighting up the NBA Finals the way many might expect a two-time reigning Most Valuable Player to do, but the Golden State Warriors guard is not letting that disrupt his run at a second consecutive title.
Curry is one of the best shooters in basketball history but has struggled to find consistency during the best-of-seven NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which his Warriors lead 3-2 going into Thursday's pivotal Game Six.
The three-time All-Star is averaging 22.2 points through five games of the NBA Finals, well below the league-leading 30.1 points per game he averaged during the regular season.
"There's kind of an historical kind of expectation of the all-time greats in this league that have had great Finals moments," Curry told reporters on Wednesday.
"None of them played for this team and understood how I try to help my team every single night."
Curry's scoring line through the opening three games of the Finals — 11, 18 and 19 points — prompted him to say he had to play "a hundred times better" after Golden State's embarrassing 30-point Game Three loss that cut their series lead to 2-1.
He responded in style by scoring a game-high 38 points to give his team a commanding 3-1 series lead but then struggled on his home court three nights later with a chance to close out the LeBron James-led Cavaliers.
Curry managed 25 points in the Game Five loss but was a mere 8-for-21 shooting with four turnovers, a performance that will only put more focus on him when the Warriors get a second chance to end the series. Continued...