Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry insists the pursuit of of Ray Allen's all-time three-point record is not weighing on his mind.. Curry is just seven three pointers away from breaking the record but he has struggled over the last few games.
That continued in Saturday during Warriors' 102-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. "If you take away the context of these last couple games, I played the exact same way," Curry said after a 6-for-20 performance, including going just 3-for-14 from beyond the arc.
"I just got to make shots and understand the opposition's not going to want that to happen on their own floor. And they defend accordingly so I think for the most part try to keep it out of my head and just play basketball and just take the shots I normally take, play the game I normally do.
"There's obviously a lot of attention on it which is well-deserved, it's an all-time NBA record, and it's one that's been standing for 10, 11 years, so I appreciate the attention on it and it will happen when it happens.
You got to continue to try and win games in the process."
Matisse Thybulle did an exceptional job on Curry
"I give Thybulle credit," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "I thought he was fantastic defensively.
He's a rare combination of length and athleticism and brains and he did as good a job on Steph as anybody I've seen in a long time." Thybulle also earned a praise from teammate Joel Embiid. "It was amazing," Sixers center Joel Embiid said.
"I've been saying this, this is a guy who is probably the best perimeter defender in the league, and I think he has a chance to win defensive player of the year." Curry also acknowledged Thybulle's defence.
"I missed three or four I normally make," Curry said. "Usually when you have a defender like that that's running you around you're very selective about the shots that you do get because their game plan is to take away good looks.
... They were flying around most possessions. Out of the 48 threes we got, I bet you 40 of them were really good looks. Not just me, but everybody. So it's tough to win games if you only shoot 25% on those type of shots. Just got to stick with the program and how we play basketball."