Warriors' Curry not bothered by uneven Finals performance

Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:02pm EDT
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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...

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) controls the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) and guard Iman Shumpert (4) during the second half in game five of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports