UNITED STATES—The Golden State Warriors will suit up to play the Houston Rockets for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday, May 20. Though the Warriors were able to steal home court from the Rockets in Game 1, the Houston squad came back with a vengeance and a decisive victory in Game 2.
Though Stephen Curry has returned from an ankle injury in time for the series, he has struggled with his shooting percentages. ESPN first reported that while Curry is shooting 2-for-13 from beyond the arc in the Western Conference Finals, he is not “losing any sleep” over his struggles.
He told ESPN’s Chris Haynes “I always shoot that next shot with the optimism and confidence that it’s going in. So, you can work on stuff between practices and games to get your rhythm, just seeing the ball going in and working on your mechanics, but I’ll never lose confidence in myself. That’ll never change.”
Of note, the Rocket’s head coach Mike D’Antoni has focused the team’s defensive strategy around targeting Curry across the floor. Houston targeted the Warriors star on 23 possessions in Game 2, which stands as the most he has been individually targets in a game of the 2018 playoffs.
While Curry struggled from around the arc, he has defended during the Western Conference Finals than in the entirety of the last four seasons, including the post-season. Coach Steve Kerr told ESP that Curry has “always been an excellent defender.”
Warriors and Rockets fans alike will have to tune in on Sunday evening to see how the story turns.