In the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry played nothing like the League’s back-to-back MVP, and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr pulled him off the court to drive home a point.
Stephen Curry in first half
– 2 points
– 3 turnovers
– 3 fouls pic.twitter.com/piQtatS8CZ
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Steph and Klay. 'This was all on me,' says the MVP pic.twitter.com/2Uz6L95zWI
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Curry, who finished with 19 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 120-90 win, says Kerr made the right move.
Steph knows he must play a whole lot better in Game 4 Friday night.
Per the Mercury News:
“I would’ve done the same thing,” Curry said when asked about Kerr’s second-quarter yanking, which only lasted 28 seconds of game time but felt like an exclamation point. […] “He’s trying to get some life, figure out a way to maybe get me going. And it was a short talk, but it’ll carry over to Game 4 for sure with the way we’ll start the game.”
“There’s a sense of urgency knowing how big Game 4 is and I need to be ready,” Curry said. […] “He did not start the game well–turned it over, got beat back door, and he was not his usual self,” Kerr said Wednesday’s Curry game. “No matter who you’re talking about, when a team plays poorly, the team deserves criticism. The coach deserves criticism, the players.”
“I’m fine,” said Curry, who hurt his ankle in the first round and then his knee in the second round. […] “We’re in great shape. Not the way we wanted tonight to go, myself included. We’re glad we obviously took care of home court so we’re still in good position. We have a great opportunity on Friday to get control of the series and that’s going to be a challenge for us.”