HOUSTON – Three games into their first-round playoff series, the Warriors have yet to exhibit the full force of conceivably the greatest two-man show in the NBA.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, also known as The Splash Brothers, would like to use Game 4 Sunday to put on a display of shooting pyrotechnics that would remind the Houston Rockets and the rest of the NBA why they are the best-shooting backcourt in the league.
Curry, whose 402 3-pointers were tops in the NBA and a league record, made 4-of-9 in Game 1 before he sustained an ankle injury and sat out Games 2 and 3.
Thompson, whose 276 treys ranked second in the league, was 1-of-5 from deep in Game 1, 6-of-11 in Game 2 and 0-of-7 in Game 3.
With Curry’s return Sunday, the two are together again and will be out to light up the Toyota Center in hopes of giving the Warriors a 3-1 series lead.
“Obviously, 0-of-7 from 3 is terrible, but I’m not going to get discouraged (about shooting),” Thompson told CSNBayArea.com, referring to Game 3. “Other than that, I felt my activity was good. If I use the same formula, I know I’m going to have a big game here or there.”
Thompson, who in Game 2 scored 34 points, including 15-of-16 from the line, said he plans to make at least one adjustment for Game 4.
“I need to throw in some pump fakes, definitely,” he said. “Shooting over 7-footers can be done, but I can go around them anytime. And a pump fake here and there is going to work wonders.”
Thompson – and the rest of the Warriors – surely will benefit from the return of Curry, who is a magnet for defenses, giving his teammates open looks from beyond the arc or allowing them room to attack the basket.
All Curry has to do is make an early impression, and the Rockets will be forced to make some very difficult choices on defense.
“I should be good to go,” Curry told CSNBayArea.com. “My body feels good. I usually don’t lose rhythm or get too far out of the flow. I won’t panic if I miss my first two shots; I’ll still try to find ways to open up the floor and make plays and get some stops on defense.”
Curry and Thompson haven’t combined for a truly dynamic game since March 25, when Curry scored 40 points and Thompson 33 in a 128-120 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
If they deliver a similar performance against the Rockets, the Warriors likely will find themselves one win away from advancing to the next round.