Stephen Curry has struggled in the Western Conference Finals. He doesn’t seem worried.
“I have confidence in myself, and my teammates have confidence in me to do what I need to do,” Curry told reporters Friday (via NBC Sports). “[I] never worry about it because I know how hard I work at it. It’s not a false sense of confidence. I know how hard I work at what I do.”
Curry averaged 26.4 points and 6.1 assists per game and shot 42.3 percent from 3-point range during the regular season. But he sprained his left knee in late March and missed the rest of the regular season as well as Golden State’s first-round playoff series.
Curry returned May 1 and helped the Warriors defeat the Pelicans in five games to advance to the Western Conference Finals against Houston.
Curry, however, has knocked down just two of his 13 3-point attempts in the first two games of the series, which is tied 1-1. He finished the Warriors' 127-105 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday at minus-20 for the game.
“We obviously lost, so you can try to pinpoint stuff or reasons,” Curry said. “And obviously I didn’t have to talk to [the media] to wake up and know I didn’t play well in Game 2. That doesn’t change my outlook on the series or what I need to do. If I don’t shoot the ball well in Game 3 it won’t change a thing about the way I approach the next one.”
Kevin Durant has carried the Warriors in the series. He told reporters he has confidence Curry will soon find his rhythm offensively.
“When Steph misses a shot everybody gets up in arms about it. That’s how great he is. So many people expect him to make every single shot. Sometimes it doesn’t happen,” Durant said. “I knew the next couple days was going to be about Steph struggling to shoot the ball, but that’s the last thing I worry about with Steph.”
Golden State and Houston will tip off Game 3 of their Western Conference Finals series Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.