Stephen Curry is not putting enough pressure on opponents off the dribble and it is resulting in losses for his team. He is an all-star point guard and one of the best 3-point shooters in the world. Without Stephen Curry the Golden State Warriors are a middle of the pack team in the NBA and not a team that can be considered a challenger for the NBA title in the 2013-14 season. However, what is being lost in the analysis of his recent play is that he is settling for 3-point jump shots and this is resulting in losses and also illuminating his one basketball weakness which is his defence.
In his most recent game, a 115-111 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, Stephen Curry scored 43 points. His opposing point guard, Kemba Walker scored 31 points. Curry’s shot 14 for 32 including 5 for 16 from the 3-point line. Walker in contrast shot 10 for 18 from the field and was 2 of 5 from the 3-point line. When Curry does not attack the paint consistently and settles for long range jump shots the opposing point guards such as Kemba Walker do not have to worry about getting in foul trouble or becoming tired trying to defend Curry.
The strategy against Stephen Curry is to attack him on offence because the Warriors cannot afford for him to get in foul trouble and he is not the best defender. This occurred in the NBA playoffs of last season when they played Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs and it is the strategy that worked when the Bobcats played the Warriors.
The Bobcats have 10 wins and 11 losses while the record of Golden State is now 12 wins and 10 losses. Similar records but the expectations of the two teams is completely different. The Warriors are considered a championship calibre team but those teams do not lose to teams of low expectations such as the Bobcats. For the Warriors to be able to win more consistently Stephen Curry’s offensive game must evolve and he must start shooting more on the drive and mid range shots. By attacking the rim more often opponents will have to devote more than one player to defend him and this will provide more open opportunities for his teammates. It will also minimise his defensive weaknesses because he will draw more fouls from opponents and they will be less willing to attack him on defence. The loss to the Bobcats is a great learning lesson for Stephen Curry because it will teach him that one can never be one dimensional as a basketball player or it will lead to what happened in Charlotte when they played: a loss. He won the battle of the statistics but his team lost the most important objective which was the game.