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Stephen Curry’s history in rebound games

On the verge of winning his fourth championship, Steph Curry talks about the Warriors’ mindset for Game 6.

Stephen Curry has a history of doing things in basketball that we’ve never seen before. In Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals, he did something he’s never done in a playoff game – didn’t make a single three-pointer.

Curry record streak 132 consecutive playoff games with at least one 3-pointer made on April 20, 2013 and his record streak of 233 consecutive games including regular season, playoffs, and Play-In Tournament games in which at least one point was scored on December 1, 2018, both were withdrawn.

After carrying the Warriors’ attack on his back for the first four games of the series – he scored 32.5% of Golden State’s total points – his teammates picked up the slack as Curry scored 16 points at 7 out of 22 (31.8%). shooting from the field and 0 for 9 from three-point range. The victory softened Curry’s blow from heavy shooting.

“Of course it worries me as a shooter,” Curry said after the game. “You want to influence the game in that way. But, fortunately, this is not the only thing you do on the court.

“The fact that everyone is energized – Wiggs [Andrew Wiggins]Japan [Jordan Poole]Clay [Thompson] made great progress, Draymond [Green] found his life, his spirit and how it affects the game. We could get 9 out of 40 as a team and I could get 0 out of 9 and still win.

“Obviously my track record is that I’m better at throwing the ball next game. Looking forward to this return.”

Stephen Curry had game 5 that he forgot in many ways. In Game 6, he should be ready to return to his usual 3-point shot.

Whether it was watching him react on the court after every 3-pointer missed or listening to him answer questions after Game 5, you could almost feel Curry’s frustration. While there was a sense of relief that the Warriors did win, there was also rage that he didn’t shoot well when it mattered most.

His teammates are counting on the rage and frustration generated by his difficulties in Game 5 to fuel Curry tonight in Game 6 (9 DV, ABC).

“He was 0 out of 9 out of three. He’s going to be furious before Game 6, which is exactly what we need,” Greene said.

“I just know what he will answer,” Thompson said. “He is one of the greatest opponents I have ever met. And he’s a perfectionist, just like me. I know he will think about the shots he missed. And that’s good, because on Thursday, hopefully, most of the time he regresses to the mean, and it’s scary when he does it.

But what does history tell us, what can we expect from Curry when the Warriors try to get past the Celtics on the road?

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Let’s start by recreating this scenario and look at games where Curry failed to convert a three-point shot. There is no playoff history for him to study, as Game 5 was his first such game without three-pointers. Of the 961 career games he played (this number includes the regular season, playoffs, and Play-In games), curry eat total 40 games in which he failed to make at least one three-pointer. Game 5 of that Finals was only his sixth game in which he hadn’t made at least one 3-pointer since the Warriors’ championship streak began in 2014–15.

In general, we have five games over the past seven seasons to see how Curry reacted after missing a three-pointer in a game.


Curry’s performance after not making three-pointers in his career
DATE MATCH PTS 3PM-A (3P%) FGM-A (FG%) FTM-A (FT%)
01.12.18 GSW @ DET 27 3-9 (33.3%) 10-21 (47.6%) 4-4 (100%)
03/23/18 GSW vs ATL 29 3-8 (37.5%) 10-18 (55.6%) 6-6 (100%)
28.02.17 [email protected] 25 2-9 (22.2%) 9-20 (45.0%) 5-6 (83.3%)
8.12.16 GSW @ UTA 26 3-9 (33.3%) 7-16 (43.8%) 9-9 (100%)
07.11.16 GSW vs NOP 46 13-17 (76.5%) 16-26 (61.5%) 1-2 (50%)
Average values: 30.6 points per game 24-52 (46.2%) 52-101 (51.5%) 25-27 (92.6%)

Over those five games, Curry averaged 30.6 points on 51.5% shooting overall, 46.2% on 3-pointers, and 92.6% on free throws. In terms of three-point shots, Curry made at least two three-pointers in every game, made at least three three-pointers in four games, and had one career high.

On November 7, 2016, Curry set the then NBA record for most 3-pointers in a single game with 13 treys in 17 attempts against the New Orleans Pelicans. against the Los Angeles Lakers. Two years later, Curry’s result was broken by Thompson, who still holds the record with 14 3-pointers in a single game.

While these five bounce games most closely replicate the current scenario Curry faced, each of those five games came in the regular season. The stakes in these games can’t compare to what Curry is facing right now in the 2022 NBA Finals.


So let’s look at another set of games. While Game 5 was Curry’s first postseason game in which he didn’t hit any 3-pointers, he nine previous playoff games with only one three-pointer. In those nine games, which run from April 30, 2013 to April 21, 2019, Curry averaged just 14.8 points per game on 50 of 134 (37.3%) field goals and 9 of 63 (14 .3%) three-pointers. shooting. How did he follow these games?

Curry’s performance after hitting 1 three-pointer in a playoff game
DATE MATCH PTS 3PM-A (3P%) FGM-A (FG%) FTM-A (FT%)
04/24/19 GSW vs LAC 24 4-5 (80%) 7-15 (46.7%) 6-6 (100%)
08.06.18 GSW @ CLE 37 7-15 (46.7%) 12-27 (44.4%) 6-6 (100%)
05/20/18 GSW vs HOU 35 5-12 (41.7%) 13-23 (56.5%) 4-4 (100%)
05/16/18 [email protected] 16 1-8 (12.5%) 7-19 (36.8%) 1-1 (100%)
04.05.17 GSW vs UTA 23 5-8 (62.5%) 8-15 (53.3%) 2-2 (100%)
09.05.16 GSW @ POR 40 5-16 (31.3%) 16-32 (50%) 3-3 (100%)
24.04.14 GSW vs LAC 16 3-8 (37.5%) 5-12 (41.7%) 3-4 (75%)
05/16/13 GSW vs SAS 22 2-8 (25%) 10-25 (40%) 0-0 (-)
02.05.13 GSW vs DEN 22 4-8 (50%) 6-14 (42.9%) 6-6 (100%)
Average values: 26.1 points per game 36-88 (40.9%) 84-182 (46.2%) 31-32 (96.9%)

While Curry’s scoring and shooting percentage was down slightly from his regular season rebounding games, Curry was still very effective after his worst three-point shots of his postseason career, averaging 26.1 points per game and four three-pointers. with 40.9% of hits from outside. arc. He made at least four 3-pointers in six of nine subsequent games.

We saw how Curry reacted to poor shooting and also faced additional playoff pressure. But all of these games we reviewed were released in 2019 or earlier. Do we have a more recent sample that we can take a look at?


The Warriors missed the playoffs in 2020 and 21, and so far in the 2022 playoffs, Curry has hit at least two 3-pointers in every game to his fifth game in the Finals. But he had eight games in the 2021-2022 regular season in which he hit just one 3-pointer, including his last regular season game against Boston (when he dropped out after just 14 minutes with a foot injury that left him he did not play before the start of the match). playoffs).

Curry’s performance after hitting 1 three-pointer in a regular season game
(2021-22 season only)
DATE MATCH PTS 3PM-A (3P%) FGM-A (FG%) FTM-A (FT%)
04/16/22 GSW vs DEN 16 3-6 (50%) 5-13 (38.5%) 3-3 (100%)
10.03.22 GSW @ DAY 34 5-12 (41.7%) 11-21 (52.4%) 7-7 (100%)
24.02.22 GSW @ POR eighteen 2-7 (28.6%) 5-11 (45.5%) 6-6 (100%)
14.02.22 [email protected] 33 8-13 (61.5%) 11-18 (61.1%) 3-3 (100%)
01/25/22 GSW vs DAL eighteen 2-10 (20%) 7-16 (43.8%) 2-3 (66.7%)
09.01.22 GSW vs. CLE 28 4-11 (36.4%) 10-21 (47.6%) 4-4 (100%)
05.01.22 GSW @ DAL fourteen 1-9 (11.1%) 5-24 (20.8%) 3-4 (75%)
11/24/21 GSW vs PHI 25 6-11 (54.5%) 9-16 (56.3%) 1-2 (50%)
Average values: 23.3 points per game 31-79 (39.2%) 63-140 (45.0%) 29-32 (90.6%)

In eight subsequent games, including in the Golden State’s first playoff game against Dallas as a follow-up to Curry’s last regular season game against Boston, Curry averaged 23.3 points per game on 45% shooting. (63 of 140) and 39.2% shooting (31 of 79) from 3-pointers, averaging 3.9 3-pointers per game.

Here we see several instances of Curry’s night shooting as he experienced a slump in shooting in January. In early 2022, Curry went 1-of-10 against Miami on Jan. 3 and followed it up two days later with a 1-of-9 against Dallas. He noted the only time in my career that Curry had back-to-back games with fewer than two three-pointers on at least eight attempts.

Steph Curry's Throw Chart After No-Trips Games

Later that month, Curry had a 1-of-13 game against Utah on January 23, followed by a 2-of-10 game against Dallas two days later. While Boston would love to see another example of Curry’s bad shooting games, his overall history suggests otherwise.

One thing we know about Curry is that his confidence in his throw won’t waver after a bad night. The shooter’s mentality remains the same in the next game.

“Keep filming. Very simple,” said Curry after the fifth game. “I’m not afraid to put 0’s for anything because I’ll keep throwing and making shots that you usually feel you can do. And I reacted well when I had those three-point plays.”

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