McKillop: Curry's Rhythm Is Off

Steph Curry has shot 2-of-13 from three-point range against Houston

Taz and the Moose
May 17, 2018 - 10:16 am

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As Steph Curry continues to make his way back from an MCL injury, he is clearly not himself. Curry shot 7-of-19 (36.8 percent) – including 1-of-8 from three – in a 127-105 Game 2 loss in Houston on Wednesday. In fact, he has shot 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from three in this series, which is tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Sunday.

“I thought he looked a little bit off with his rhythm,” Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop said on Taz & The Moose. “A couple of times there were backdoor opportunities where he could have thrown a pass or one of his teammates could have thrown a pass, but there was just no connection there. Clearly he didn’t shoot the ball very well from the three-point line, but he get to the rim – and usually when he gets to the rim, it’s an indication that he’s gotten his explosiveness, he’s gotten his quickness. But he did get there quite a bit last night.”

Kevin Durant picked up the scoring slack in Game 1, finishing with 37 points in a 119-106 win. He scored 38 in Game 2 – and the Warriors still lost by 22.

Golden State will need better from Curry if it hopes to survive this series.

“My sense is that he didn’t get his feet squared the way he normally does,” McKillop said of Curry’s shooting woes. “That’s probably one of his best assets as a shooter is the ability to get his feet set as he’s releasing the ball. He’s got such great vision of picking up the target, but also great footwork in connecting the feet to the floor. They’re balanced as he’s releasing the ball. It looked a little bit off last night with that.”

Game 3 is Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.