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Curry acknowledges struggles, says he'll improve in Game 4

CLEVELAND — Turns out, Stephen Curry has not entered some level of basketball infallibility.

His unanimous MVP selection, the record 3-point total, the league scoring title, all those accolades while he was leading the Warriors to an NBA-record 73 regular-season wins might have made it seem like he was in some sort of permanent video-game mode.

And then came the Finals.

The MVP is struggling, and what once looked like a Golden State stranglehold on a repeat title no longer does. Curry has been held to 16 points per game in the first three matchups against the Cavaliers. Game 4 is tonight in Cleveland.

"We can definitely help Steph out, and we will," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday. "We can put him in better position. It's on all of us to be better."

Curry averaged 30 points per game in the regular season, but in the Finals he missed shots he ordinarily makes in Game 1, got into foul trouble in Game 2, and endured foul trouble and smothering, grabby defense in Game 3.

"(Wednesday) was a struggle," Curry said. "I don't know what the reason was for that, and it won't be that in Game 4."

The Cavaliers made sure Curry felt them everywhere he went in Game 3. When he tried to get into the lane, he got bumped. Baseline cuts were impeded. Flash toward the ball, and a Cav would take a little swipe at him.

"That's for all of their guys, not just Steph," Cavaliers forward LeBron James said. "When you allow those guys to move with freedom of space, they're very dangerous. They're already dangerous enough."

Because his bruised left thigh was still sore, Warriors guard Klay Thompson spent part of practice Thursday riding a stationary bike. He backed off an assertion that Timofey Mozgov's screen, when he took a knee to the thigh, was "kind of dirty."

"As I watched the replay, it might have been just bad luck, too," Thompson said.

Cavs forward Kevin Love appeared to be making strides Thursday toward a return from a concussion, but it's not clear if he can play tonight.

Curry's take on Game 4: "I like our chances of being able to figure it out."

Curry acknowledges struggles, says he'll improve in Game 4 06/09/16 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 9:36pm]
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