You know what the Warriors could really use now, one of those monster games from point guard Stephen Curry.
KLAY THOMPSON: “He’s done it all year. On the big stages, too.”
After an ice cold start, Curry warmed up in the second half, scoring 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting. But facing an 0-2 hole, with All-Star David Lee knocked out of the series by a torn right hip flexor, the Warriors need Curry to get hot.
The Warriors pulled out a lot of the stops to get Curry open as Denver swarmed him with bigger and extra defenders Still, he finished with just 19 points on 7 of 20 shooting as Golden State shot 41.3 percent. That’s not going to cut it from Curry in this series.
But if he gets the shots he took in Game 1, the feeling in Warriors camp is he just might have that big game.
MARK JACKSON: “Steph had some great looks. I’ll take the looks that he had all night long.”
Denver finished the regular season having allowed the second-most 3-pointers in the NBA and ranked 20th in field goal percentage defense. That weakness was relatively unexploited in Game 1 as the Warriors were 8 of 22 from deep (36.4 percent). During the regular season, Golden State was 20-8 in games it shot at least 45 percent from 3-point range.
So, for that matter, the Warriors need Thompson to stay hot, too.
THOMPSON: “I think I can do a lot better. I missed some easy shots. … It was a slightly above average game.”
The second-year guard led the Warriors with 22 points on 10 of 19 shooting. He carried the Warriors for stretches. But he said he has room to grow. He didn’t look at all fazed despite making his postseason debut.
JACKSON: “He doesn’t care about the moment. He doesn’t care about the lights. He made a mistake (in Game 1), and in the middle of me yelling at him during a live play, telling him to run the play, he shoots a jumper. And makes it. Everybody on the bench was laughing. That’s the mentality. The mentality is roll the dice. Let the chips fall. … Klay is a guy that’s not afraid. I expect it from him, absolutely. He’s a knock down shooter, he’s a big time defender, and he competes. I expect him to do that every night.”
So, what’s it going to take from Curry and Klay? Give me numbers.