TNT analyst Charles Barkley believes that Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry merely had a bad shooting night in Game 2 on Sunday and will bounce back.
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Curry went 5-of-23 from the field in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, as the Warriors fell to a loss which saw the Cleveland Cavaliers tie the series at 1-1.
While the league MVP’s shooting struggles were put down to him just having a bad night at the office, Cavs point guard Matthew Dellavedova was credited with having a key role in slowing him down.
The Australian hounded Curry on the defensive end and made life difficult for him, but Barkley is confident that the Warriors star will have the last laugh as the series continues on Tuesday night.
“I don’t think he’s [Dellavedova] a dirty player. I think he’s a hard-working player. And I think people need to slow down giving him so much credit because Steph Curry will kill that kid in the overall scheme of things,” Barkley told Bleacher Report Radio.
“He just didn’t make shots last night, and I think that everybody needs to slow their roll. Steph Curry just missed some shots. This notion that he stopped him is just ridiculous. You know, when you are a jump shooter you have good days [and] you have bad days. And Steph had a bad day last night but, listen, Dellavedova wasn’t the reason he was missing shots.”
Dellavedova did an excellent job of denying Curry the ball and applying pressure when it was in his hands, but there is no denying that the 27-year-old had his problems without his rival in his face too.
Curry went 1-of-9 on uncontested shots in the loss, and given that he is exceptional at hitting from beyond the arc, he will hope to put his slump behind him in Game 3 and get back to his usual high level of scoring.
While the Cavs will look to prevent Golden State from getting into an offensive rhythm, it is still expected that the Western Conference champions will put things right eventually and take the game away from their rivals.