Steph Curry couldn’t stay hot forever. Even the greatest shooter to ever walk this Earth isn’t immune to the occasional dry spell, as evidenced by Curry’s clunk-fest in Milwaukee Thursday night (4-of-11 for 12 points), the latest dud in a string of poor shooting performances for the slumping 33-year-old.
Whether he’s experiencing fatigue from last month’s record chase, burning the candle at both ends in pursuit of Ray Allen’s all-time three-point mark, or battling injury (he missed last week’s game in New Orleans with a “quad contusion”), it’s clear Curry has hit a wall, bricking shots the seven-time All-Star would usually make in his sleep. Per ESPN Stats and Info, Curry has failed to crack 50-percent shooting in any of his last eight contests, representing the longest drought of his career.
It hasn’t been all bad for Curry, who registered a triple-double in a loss to Memphis earlier this week. But Curry’s anemic 28.1-percent success rate from beyond the arc this month (16-of-57) has not gone unnoticed with many wondering what happened to the All-Star’s Midas touch. It’s no coincidence the Warriors have lost four of their last five games while falling behind Phoenix for the conference’s top overall seed.
No one runs hot all year with the NBA’s rigorous 82-game schedule lending itself to plenty of peaks and valleys. Worked to the bone after years of carrying the Warriors’ offense on his weary shoulders, Curry should seemingly benefit from the return of Klay Thompson, a capable perimeter scorer and among the most feared shooters in basketball when healthy.
Maybe we can chalk Curry’s recent struggles up to a garden variety slump, a mere bump in the proverbial road for a certain Hall-of-Famer who has set an impossibly high bar, changing the sport’s culture at large with his prolific shooting. An upcoming seven-game homestand could be just what the doctor ordered for Curry with inviting matchups against the Timberwolves, Pacers, Pistons and Rockets, all of whom have losing records. There’s also the All-Star break to look forward to next month, affording Curry a well-deserved reprieve with eight glorious days to recharge. Regardless, it’s much too early for the Warriors to press the panic button amid their first rough patch in an otherwise brilliant season.