An intrepid reporter asked Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts if it was “sustainable” to keep “dropping the bigs” back in defense after Steph Curry lit up the Blazers for 36 points in a Game 1 NBA Western Conference Finals victory. The reporter advanced the notion that the Houston Rockets had “had some success” trapping Curry and wondered if maybe that wasn’t a more viable solution to stopping the 2x NBA MVP.
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not only did he come out and score 33 in the 2nd half on 60% FG but after injuring his hand once again in the 4th quarter and it clearly bothering him, he fought through the pain and showed up to bring the win home for his teammates. Nobody’s talking about the fact that he did indeed hurt his finger again but he didn’t let that get in the way. Heart and soul of a true champion. 🙌🏽 mamba mentality
Stotts replied by asking about that game where Curry dropped 33 points against Houston in the second half alone. “Were they trapping him then?” Stotts asked. Why yes they were sir. Sure we’ll try that then, Stotts sneered. Yup, Stotts admits that employing the same brilliant solution Houston used to hold Curry to 33 in a half is not an option.
Other viable ways of stopping Curry not suggested by reporters include locking him in his car, hacking his GPS in Portland, and stealing his Under Armours.
Terry Stotts on his decision to drop the bigs vs Steph Curry… pic.twitter.com/64T7tVgFHd
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 15, 2019