The Oklahoma City Thunder is currently leading the Western Conference series at 3 to 1. Due to the sudden slump, the Golden State Warriors are currently experiencing, a lot of fans are wondering what's going on with the team and its unanimous MVP, Stephen Curry.
Many speculated that the star player could be battling the effects of a previous injury, especially since he wasn't as explosive in the finals as in the previous games of the Warriors. As noted by ESPN, in the team's last two losses, he only had a shooting percentage of 7 out of 17 in Game 3 and 6 out of 20 in Game 4.
Due to his surprisingly poor performance, some sources noted that Curry was not playing at his maximum state. Head coach Steve Kerr immediately dismissed these rumors.
"Is that source's knowledge of the team's thinking," he said during a press conference. "Nobody said anything about Steph being 70 percent to me. Training staff, relatives, friends, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking - nobody has told me he's 70 percent. Evidently they told the media but not me."
Aside from these rumors, Kerr also clarified that Curry is currently not suffering from any injury. Fans might remember that during the first round of the playoffs, Curry missed Games 2 and 3 against the Houston Rockets due to an ankle injury.
He then returned in Game 4 but was then taken out of the game after spraining his ankle. He was then forced to miss two weeks of the playoffs due to a sprained right medial collateral ligament.
For Kerr, Curry's long breaks from the playoffs could be the reason why he's not performing like he used to. Although this may be the case, the coach maintained that he is not injured.
"I know he's not injured - if he were injured, he would not be playing," Kerr said. "Is he bothered a little bit, perhaps by the layoff when he went three weeks without a game? He may not be quire where he needs to be, but it's not an injury, and that's the important thing."