Warriors’ Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry’s Game 4 struggles: Great players ‘bounce back pretty quickly’

first_img NBA playoffs 2019: Gordon Hayward, Brad Stevens discuss Celtics’ sweep of Pacers Kerr was asked about Curry’s performance when he met with reporters after the victory.“You just keep playing and you trust that he’s going to impact the game because he’s such a great player whether his shots are going in or not,” Kerr said. “Tough day for Steph, but this is the way the game goes. Guys sometimes have a huge night, sometimes they struggle. Related News “But the great players like Steph (Curry), Kevin (Durant), Klay (Thompson), they bounce back pretty quickly from tough shooting nights. So that’s what I would expect on Wednesday (in Game 5).”Curry has been limited by foul trouble throughout the series. Kerr said Curry “hasn’t been focused” on that aspect of his game.“He’s such a fascinating player because the same thing that makes him not hesitate to shoot a fadeaway 30-footer, maybe, is the same thing that gets him in foul trouble,” Kerr said. “You know, he doesn’t overthink much, and so he’s just gotten into a habit lately of reaching, and instead of showing his hands and trusting the help behind him.“But he’ll be fine. I mean, he’s just in a little bit of a rut right now with that stuff, but second half was a good spell for him where he was disciplined and stayed in the game.”Despite his poor shooting, Curry still finished with 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Backcourt partner Klay Thompson said Curry always finds a way to “stuff the stat sheet.” NBA playoffs 2019: Warriors’ Klay Thompson says he ended slump by jumping in the oceancenter_img Stephen Curry struggled from the field Sunday, which doesn’t concern Warriors coach Steve Kerr.The star guard finished with 12 points but knocked down just three of his 14 shots and missed eight of his nine 3-point attempts in Golden State’s 113-105 Game 4 win over the Clippers at the STAPLES Center. “(He) made some great passes, had timely steals, and he did make some huge shots for us on the offensive end,” Thompson said. “Even when he’s not shooting well, we still trust him to take any shot he takes. He’s proved it with his career and his track record. Greatest shooter and scorer, one of them, of all time.”The Warriors will have a chance to close out the series in Game 5 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Comments Share GLENDALE — Bobby Massie knows exactly when his rookie season turned for the better.“After I got tired of getting my ass kicked, probably after sack No. 12. That’s when it kicked in,” he said with a smile Friday. “I wasn’t used to getting beat like that; never happened in my career before. It was a big shock to me.”According to Pro Football Focus, Massie led the NFL in sacks allowed with 13, but none over the final eight games. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As is Winston, who started all 16 games at right tackle last season for Kansas City.“You compete every year you’re in the league,” he said following his first practice with his new team Friday. “Those guys that don’t think they’re competing every year in the league, they’re usually out of it pretty fast. I’ve been lucky enough to be a starter for a long time, played a lot of consecutive games (103 consecutive starts at right tackle), but every year I’ve come into camp trying to win a spot. This year won’t be any different.”On the left side, Levi Brown (returning from a triceps injury) and Nate Potter (six starts last season) will battle for the starting tackle position.“Everywhere along that line right now, we’ve got really good competition,” Arians said. “In due time, we’ll settle down to who the five are.” – / 25 Massie credits that to a change in attitude and a better mental approach, including better study habits.“I’m going to be honest,” he said, “I wasn’t real big in studying. I’d never done it before and the job requires you to. I buckled down in the playbook, film and practice. (My play) picked up as you all saw.”As much he improved — he was the only Cardinals rookie to start every game — Massie’s hold on the starting right tackle spot is far from a sure thing.Thursday, the club signed seven-year veteran tackle Eric Winston.“Very open,” responded head coach Bruce Arians when asked how open the competition is at right tackle. “It’s very tough too. I feel very comfortable right now we’re going to come out with a really good right tackle and a really good backup because they’re going to go after each other.”Said Massie, a fourth-round pick in 2012, “I mean I’m not worried about it. We have an issue with depth at tackle. We needed a guy to come in. He’s a good player. He’s a veteran. That’s what it’s all about, competing for your job. They’re not just going to give it to me. I’m going to have to work for it. I’m happy to do it.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more