According to a report, Steph Curry is still recovering from the sprained MCL he sustained in the first round of the playoffs and is only playing at 70 percent.
Monte Poole’s response?
“I think that’s the SWAG figure – silly wild-ass guess,” the CSN Bay Area Warriors insider said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I’ve been saying 80 percent, and again, that’s a guess on my part based on what I know he’s dealing with and based on watching him play. So yeah, 70, 75, 80 – we’re not getting the full Steph Curry, that’s for sure. Even though he’s had two sparkling moments in these playoffs – the overtime period against Portland and the third quarter of Game 2 in this series – beyond that, he’s been mere mortal. That’s just not what we’ve seen over the course of this season. So clearly he is not right.”
Curry, the reigning two-time MVP, looked like a role player in Game 4. He scored 19 points – more than 10 below his season average – and shot 6-of-20 from the floor, including 2-of-10 from three-point range. He also had six turnovers and missed two free throws, this after leading the league in foul shooting (90.8 percent) during the regular season.
“I thought in Game 4 last night, he looked like somebody else had invaded his body,” Poole said. “He was missing shots that he makes with his eyes closed. Lay-ups, free throws, corner three-pointers – these are shots that he makes routinely all the time, and not only did he missed them, but he missed them badly. When Steph Curry misses, it’s usually not badly unless he’s fouled. These were clean shots a couple times that he missed badly. It’s stunning to watch when you know – you know – that something is off.”
The Thunder, to their credit, have been almost untouchable in the month of May. Since losing 124-92 to the Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on April 30, Oklahoma City has won four of five against San Antonio and three of four against Golden State.
“That’s pretty, pretty, pretty good,” Poole said. “You’re looking at a quality team, and honestly, I don’t see a way (for the Warriors to win the series). They can win Game 5, I think. They need Steph Curry to be Steph Curry or Klay Thompson (to play well). They need one of those guys to go ballistic – or both of them. Other than that, I don’t see enough. I don’t see enough against this team. The match-ups just don’t favor the Warriors in too many ways. Westbrook cancels out Curry, and right now, he’s beating Curry – mainly because Curry is not 100 percent, but certainly Westbrook is winning that matchup.”
Westbrook is averaging 27.3 points, 11,8 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game against the Golden State.
Look around the floor. It doesn’t get much better for the Warriors, either.
“Draymond Green has been terrible. Harrison Barnes has been invisible,” Poole said. “So it’s a grim outlook right now. I don’t see how they fix this. They don’t win the series. They don’t win three in a row. The question is whether they can get back to Oklahoma City and make it a six-game series. But I’m not convinced they can do that. They need a major, major performance from the Splash Brothers to have a chance to get out of Game 5 and go back to Oklahoma City.”