When Steph Curry submits consecutive games well below his lofty standard, alarms go off in the streets of Dub Nation. It happened during a brief stretch in December, and Curry responded fabulously.
It’s happening again, now. And Warriors head coach Steve Kerr concedes there is the possibility he will rest the reigning MVP.
“We could,” Kerr said Monday night, after a 109-104 win at Minnesota. “The rest would probably be more of a mental rest, because his legs are good.”
Curry scored 19 points, on 6-of-17 shooting, including 2-of-9 from 3-point distance, Monday night. He did post 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals. Two nights earlier, in San Antonio, the league’s leading scorer (30.3 points per game) was 4-of-18, making only one of his 12 shots beyond the arc.
When Curry shoots 28.6-percent over two games, 14.3 percent from deep, anxieties begin to form, even if not within Curry.
“I feel pretty confident,” he said. “I just haven’t been making them. It happens.
“I’m not going to get too high or too low. I’ve been shooting the ball very well all season, but there’s a point where the same approach and the same defenses... you might just miss shots. You keep shooting. You try to take good shots so you can get a rhythm – which I can get better at that. But I’m not going to stop shooting.”
Not that the Warriors would want Curry to back away from his shot. It’s most dangerous weapon in the NBA.
But fatigue does appear to be taking effect, even if Curry seems resistant to resting – at least for now. He said he expects to push through the final 12 games.
“We have a lot to play for, still, so I’m not going to really worry about that,” he said. “I pride myself on trying to be the most consistent guy out there. The last two games haven’t been great.
“Tonight I did some other stuff to try and help the team, besides scoring. But I obviously have to play better and you can pretty much count on that.”