Keith Smart’s offensive philosophy varies greatly from Don Nelson’s, as Stephen Curry has been quick to discover. Nelson basically let his guards run wild and create havoc on the court, something Curry and Monta Ellis did very well.
With a new coach at the helm, Stephen Curry is having a tough time adjusting, and with the regular season just around the corner, the pressure for him to figure things out keeps mounting.
According to Curry, there’s no reason to push the panic button. It’s only a matter of time until he’ll have everything under control.
The San Fran Chronicle reports:
Coming off an eight-turnover game at Portland on Saturday, Curry promised it wouldn’t happen again. Then, he committed six turnovers in the Warriors’ 100-78 victory over the Trail Blazers on Monday night at Oracle Arena. The 14 turnovers in the last two games are part of a training-camp-long problem. Curry has 28 assists to 28 turnovers in the shortened playing time of five preseason games. That equates to 9.1 turnovers per 48 minutes. Curry played 80 games last season and committed more than seven turnovers in a game only once (10, Feb. 19 at Utah).
In the final 10 games of his rookie season, he had 78 assists, 32 turnovers and 22 steals. ‘It’s me trying to create a play instead of reading the play correctly,” Curry said. “It’s working the kinks out of the new lineup and figuring out where people are going to be. But, I’m not panicking.”
Keith Smart admits that he’s somewhat troubled by his young point guard’s struggles, but he understands that it’s a process, especially when it comes to learning the toughest position in the League.
Warriors fans can only hope that when the lights come on for real, Stephen Curry and his new coach will be on the same page.