Stephen Curry is reportedly not playing at 100% health, and it may explain why he has struggled to find his MVP form throughout the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder cruised to a 118-94 Game 4 win and took a commanding 3-1 series lead on Tuesday night. After the rout, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Curry — who missed four games earlier in the playoffs with a right knee sprain — was still beaten up physically.
From The Vertical:
“He’s playing at 70 percent, at best,” a source close to Curry told The Vertical. Curry refuses to make excuses, but privately the Thunder see something — no explosion, no ability to make the bigs switching onto him pay a price.
Aside from a two-minute flurry from downtown during Game 2, Curry has been largely ineffectual against a game Thunder squad. On Tuesday night, Curry managed 19 points on just 6-of-20 shooting, including a notably poor 2 of 10 from 3-point range. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he was 0-for-5 on uncontested 3-point looks. He also committed six turnovers.
Curry refused to blame his knee injury or put a percentage on his knee. Instead he told reporters that he felt “fine” and that his knee felt “good enough.”
“The series isn’t over,” he added. “We’ve got to believe in ourselves. There’s obviously frustration. It’s a terrible feeling once again not stepping up and being ourselves and playing our game.”
Draymond Green echoed Curry’s sentiments.
“This is all or nothing,” Green said. “We’ve put in too much work to go out like this. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself all summer going out like this. I’m not sure what it is, but whatever it is, gotta do it.”
The Warriors look to stave off elimination at home on Thursday night in Game 5.
Correction: an earlier version of this post incorrectly attributed Green’s quote to Curry.