Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry couldn’t help but crack a smile in the aftermath of a 126-121 Game 3 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets that he would like to forget. The former MVP was frustrated with the way he played — shooting just 7-of-23 from the field Saturday night — but even he struggled to wrap his head around how so many things didn’t go his way on both ends of the floor.
“It just wasn’t my night,” Curry said.nike nfl jerseys for cheap
The most embarrassing moment from arguably his worst game of the season came with the Warriors trailing by five points and only 19.2 seconds to play. Curry found himself all alone on the way to an easy basket after a terrific screen from Warriors forward Draymond Green on Rockets guard Austin Rivers and a nifty behind-the-back move to get by Rockets all-everything guard James Harden. The basket would have cut the lead to three and given the Warriors some hope in the waning moments of overtime. But instead of going up for an uncontested layup, Curry went up for a right-handed dunk.
A sold-out crowd inside Toyota Center reveled in his misfortune, cheering wildly as a stunned Warriors squad was so shell-shocked by the miss that it decided not to foul the Rockets to lengthen the game.
The missed dunk only contributed to a performance that Curry — who did not register a field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime — would love to forget. With 1:49 left in overtime, he missed another open, driving layup that would have cut the Rockets’ lead back to one. In total, Curry missed six different chances at the rim, a stunning stat for one of the best scorers in the game.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal
“He just had a tough night,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I mean, everybody — doesn’t matter how good you are, you’re gonna have some bad games, and just a tough night for him. Just didn’t happen.”
Curry tallied 17 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds, and the Rockets reduced their series deficit to 2-1.
Curry dislocated the middle finger on his left hand during the first quarter of Game 2, an injury that has forced him to tape his middle finger and ring finger together and is still causing him pain. But Curry did not want to blame his poor outing on his ailing finger.
“I just got to make those,” Curry said of his misses from short range. “I’m out there playing. Got to produce, and it just didn’t happen tonight.”
Curry is now 18-for-52 from the field in this series, including only 8-for-32 from beyond the arc. Yet he and his teammates remain confident he will be able to break out of his funk soon.