As the saying goes, if it is not your day, it is not your day.
In such a strange sight, two-time defending NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry did not see the ball hit the bottom of the net from his three-point attempts in yesterday’s Warriors’ loss against the Lakers, 117-97, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, ending his streak of games with at least one triple at 157.
Arguably the best shooter the game has ever witnessed, Curry has made the league, at least, accept that one way or another, a tree-point basket is gonna be made from his launches: be it from a wide open look, or a decently contested one. It has been his reputation since he started killing every three-point statistical category in the history books. There is nothing you can do but to accept.
But there seems to be an exception to this fact: “Unless the Warriors face the Lakers.”
Curry failed to sink a three-point basket in ten shots during yesterday’s game, an occurrence that has not happened in almost two years.
Last March, in the middle of the Dubs’ historical chase for 73 wins, an unforeseen event occurred. A young and skidding Laker squad sent the Warriors crashing back to earth, 112-95, while limiting the MVP to a poor 1-out of-10 shooting from rainbow land. Alas! The Lake Show has the pride of being one of the nine teams in 73-9.
Yesterday’s game was a brand new one. Things have changed. A new season. KD’s a Warrior now; Lakers got Mozgov (yeah I know). Golden State paraded an almost new set of bench players. Luke Walton was on the other side of the sidelines. But apparently, the Laker curse for the Warriors remained on its position.
Coming off an impressive victory over the Thunder the day prior the face off, skeptics already concluded that “the Warriors we’re scared of before the start of the season” have already landed. Then the Laker trap took the scene.
The Warriors shot an eye sore from beyond the arc on both matches: 13.33% in March and 15.6% in yesterday’s game, very atypical of the type of play they’ve been used to be known.
Adding to the peculiarity of things are the struggles of Steph’s Splash Brother. Klay Thompson shot just 11% from the three-point country on both games: 0-8 in March and 2-10 yesterday. But we’ll give it to Klay. He seems to be adjusting on his new role this season, though it may not be clear.
What’s most puzzling is Curry’s apparent animosity with the Staples Center’s purple and gold floor. We can give props to Walton for knowing his guy and giving him awkward looks. Buy hey, not on all of the ten shots. Curry had the space in some of the looks: his usual space to create and let that thing fly from long range. BUT HE MISSED. Game story. And we don’t know why.
As a fan, it’s frustrating to see your guy not do the usual things he normally does. A free throw miss from Curry makes you throw your phone over the laundry basket; it’s disappointing because it’s uncanny of him. A blocked layup on the break? A bungled possession off a careless behind the back pass? You’re hoping against hope that he would improve on it. But whenever it happens, you are never surprised. So you’ll take a turnover over a muffed free throw. For you, he has to be the usual Steph Curry. Always. Every game. Every release.
He has to be the guy you admired of being the streaky money shooter and putting defenders to skates. Because it is what it is. You never idolized him for the tomahawks and bulldozing penetrations. He has to be Steph Curry.
Admit it, Curry fan. You are not really concerned about the loss, let alone the failed grinds against the Lakers in the last outings. You are more concerned about the outside touch you have admired of him. You are more concerned about how you’ll cope with starting at one to reach 157 again.