The “Steph Curry love” in the media has reached restraining order levels. Any opinion of Curry, short of placing him in the stratosphere of all-time greats, is considered scathing criticism. Today, Colin pointed out the indisputable statistics that prove he’s struggling in the more physical Finals.
Three games into this year’s Finals, Curry is only averaging 16 points per game, and only hitting a shade over 40% from the field. It’s a considerable drop off for the unanimous MVP, after torching the NBA for the entire regular season. If you look to the media for criticism, you hear crickets.
“He’s not getting crushed for it. The media voted him unanimous MVP. They’re invested in it.”
When Michael Jordan shot a pedestrian 41% against the Supersonics in the 1996 Finals, he was still named Finals MVP. He affected the game defensively and imposed his physical will on the series. Even if the Warriors win another title, an ineffective Curry isn’t likely to be the MVP for the second year in a row.
“Never forget this game was built for big guys. They had to alter and change the rules to let the little guys have some fun.”
Curry is the epitome of the modern NBA. His effectiveness is directly related to his offense, and more specifically the three. He’s doesn’t have the physical size to dominate the game defensively, or impose his physical will. Even though he and the Warriors have mastered the three, they’ve had so much success it’s made them one dimensional.
“When you’re really great at something, you don’t develop other parts of your game.”