The calm before the storm?
To add a little perspective – Curry’s worst ever shooting season at 37.9 percent remains higher than the career three-point averages of Damian Lillard at 37.3 percent, James Harden’s 36.2 percent and Trae Young at 35 percent. Players all universally recognized as great shooters. Curry, however, is held to the otherworldly bar that he’s set for himself.
Are the shooting troubles a cause for concern? Sure, Curry has undergone slumps before but never one this drastic. Is it a reason to hit the panic button though? Definitely not. The greatest shooter ever is enduring the worst shooting funk of his career and is still doing it better than his contemporaries.
After Brooklyn, the slump had become the nagging concern lingering in the backdrop of satisfying wins. Coach Kerr offered his thoughts after the game, saying: “I know this is a question I’m going to keep getting, but I’m not worried about it. I’m just not. He’s Steph Curry.”
Kerr was right. Monday night was a display of vintage Curry – the return of the purest jump shot the game has ever seen. And dare I say, the slump buster?
Steph’s season has become a trial of patience – a wait for the inevitable storm. The barrage of bricks served up in January would soon enough burst the dam wall. And for Steph, as we saw in Houston – when it rains, it cascades like Niagara Falls.