June 16, 2016, 10:27 pm
Stephen Curry scored 30 points on 8-of-20 shooting (6-of-13 3PTs, 8-of-9 FTs) with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and four turnovers before being ejected in the Warriors’ Game 6 loss to the Cavs on Thursday.
The scoring number will fool people but the foul trouble was critical as it emboldened the Cavs in their intentions to attack him on defense, and it also caused him to give up a number of plays to avoid more fouls. But beyond that Curry showed no regard for the offense, burying a Warriors comeback push with a 40-footer toward the end of the second quarter that missed, and generally taking bad shots for much of the night.
Defensively he played with his hands and not his feet, so when there were bang-bang plays the refs weren’t giving him the benefit of the whistle because he was showing poor decision-making on that end throughout the night. He got rung up for a pretty bad ticky-tack call late and threw his mouthpiece, which hit a fan, but it’s not going to cause a suspension.
The bigger issue is that he doesn’t seem to know how to play fundamental basketball anymore and the Warriors offense simply doesn’t adjust to the other team anymore. They’re running their usual stuff and rarely do they capitalize on the best matchup on the floor. The adversity has caused them to ratchet up the bad shots in an attempt to one-up their problems with more of what got them there.
They’re complaining about fouls and not getting back. Steve Kerr exasperates all of those issues by refusing to change the offense or rotations and by joining the fracas with the refs. The Warriors think they’re good enough to play things their way and they very well may be — and we’ll find out on Sunday night in Game 7 if that is the case.