TNT's Kenny Smith Discusses Steph Curry's Struggles

Curry has not had a great series against Houston. Should the Warriors be worried?

Tiki and Tierney
May 06, 2019 - 4:55 pm

Steph Curry has not had a great series against Houston. In fact, he is averaging just 18.3 points per game against the Rockets and has shot just 18-of-51 (35.2 percent) from the field, including 8-of-32 (25 percent) from three.

Kenny Smith, however, isn’t worried about him. Not yet, anyway.

“To me, the evaluation is really after five games,” the NBA on TNT analyst said on Tiki & Tierney. “When you play three games in a series, if you have a bad shooting night, then all of a sudden these numbers look skewed. But after four or five games, they pretty much balance out. After five games is when I evaluate guys who have (as) much responsibility (as) he has. Let’s see him after five and let’s see if the Rockets are still saying Curry isn’t the guy anymore.”

The Warriors lead the Rockets 2-1 heading into Monday’s Game 4. Game 5 is Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET.

“In the last round, Klay (Thompson) wasn’t great, and at times in the regular season Klay (didn’t) shoot the ball great,” Smith said. “They were taking about how ‘Is he still the shooter he was?’ But they were winning games. Give me five games. I’ll give (Curry) five.”

In other news, Smith was also asked about the must-see spats between studio co-hosts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. Is there a legit beef between the two of them? Even just a little one?

“I think we all have beef at times,” Smith said, laughing. “It’s real.”

Click below to listen to Smith’s interview in its entirety.