Courtesy of Anthony Slater
You mentioned the other day that you should’ve had more than 11 shots. After looking at film, did you see places you could’ve or should’ve taken shots?
Curry: “Um, yeah, I think it was just more an overall concept. There’s certain things that we’re really good at, certain sets that we’re really good at – whether it’s drags, pick-and-rolls, whether it’s utilizing our post splits, things like that to get more space. We didn’t really go to those sets as much. And when things kind of go dry a little bit on the offensive end, we know we can count on those sets to manufacture ball movement, manufacture flow. It’s a good learning lesson for us as a whole to not go away from our strengths based on what a team is trying to take away from us. Because we have so many different playmakers who are trying to make those reads and the ball will flow a little bit better.
Was that all night or just the fourth quarter?
Curry: “Mainly the fourth. But again, we were up 14 with six minutes left so there’s not a lot to complain about. Just knowing that if we’re in that situation again, just to create more separation score-wise, we can not go so far away from the strength of our offense and obviously get everyone involved.”
Do you feel like the ball is in your hands enough this season?
Curry: “I definitely want to be in more pick-and-roll situation. Whether I’m getting shots or whether we’re manufacturing ball movement, that’s a strength of ours, regardless of how teams play us. There’s a balance between getting KD in the right positions to make plays, Klay (Thompson) getting his opportunities, Draymond (Green) being able to playmake like he does. We’re not going to overreact to what happened on Christmas Day. But the overall concepts of how we’re going to be successful — whether teams try to get physical with us or they try to slow the game down — whatever the situation may be, our strengths should overshadow that. It’s how we’ve gotten to this point and how we’ll keep getting better.”
What’s the biggest adjustment for you playing off-ball right now as opposed to off-ball in previous years?
Curry: “There’s really not much. We just have guys who can put the ball in the basket at a high rate. The ball may not make it back to me as much as it used to. But I can still have my opportunities. In other situations during the game, you need to be able utilize the strengths that I can bring and that I have brought all season and I will continue to do. No worries about that.”
Seems like when you’re off the ball now, the ball usually ends up in Kevin’s hands. Whoever had the ball last year was less likely to score than Kevin can. So I’m thinking that’s got to be a change there.
Curry: “That’s really the only real change. We run the same sets and the same kind of looks. But when you have a guy who can score like he can in the certain positions on the court, you got to use that. It has made us a better team. It’ll all come around. It’ll all come around.”
Besides the Christmas game — before that — did you feel there was more room for you to be aggressive?
Curry: “Both. We don’t want to get away from the strengths that we’ve been known for. Despite how teams play us and what they try to take away, we always have counters. It might not be me getting a shot, but creating a 3-on-4 opportunity or mismatches in the post or just confusion on the defensive part. I can have a huge hand in making that happen. I think Coach said it yesterday. It’s kind of funny the position we’re in. We’re 27-5, coming off a tough loss against Cleveland that was kind of a benchmark game to see exactly where we were and the things we need to work on. Definitely showed its head. But if you look across the board, I think we’re all in really good shape, individually and as a team. We still have 50 games left to get better. It’s kind of just take it for what it is and the things we talked about is trying to get us on the right track for April. That hasn’t changed before the Christmas game or after.”
Steve (Kerr) talked a little yesterday about the bar you set last year can maybe jade some of the way people view you if you’re not averaging 30 per game on ridiculous shooting. Is that the same with you — even when you’re averaging 24, it feels like it’s a big chunk out of last season?
Curry: “It’s funny. At the end of the day, I know when I walk off the court whether I played well or not, whether I did what I needed to do to help my team win or not. I didn’t do that in the Cleveland game because I wasn’t as aggressive as I needed to be. But for the most part this season, whether I scored 16 or I scored 40, I felt pretty confident with the way that I helped our team win and knew what I needed to get better on those specific nights. Yeah, if this is a down year and I’m doing what I’m doing right now, I’ll take that and keep pushing.”