MVP Stephen Curry is unperturbed by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s criticism on his defense after Game 5. His team, the Golden State Warriors won Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night to force a decider in the Western Conference Finals.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s comments came after Game 5. Durant said that Curry doesn’t guard the best players of the opponents while Westbrook chuckled when asked whether the MVP is an underrated defender.
Curry offered a reply while speaking to the media before game 6, according to Mat Moore of the CBS Sports.
“Honestly, I could[n’t] care less about other people’s opinions about me,” Curry said. “I know what I do for my team and what my teammates expect from me on both ends of the floor.”
Known for his exquisite offensive skills, Curry’s defensive abilities have been overlooked. But advanced stats says he is actually a solid defender. Curry had posted five steals in game 5 itself, and led the league in terms of steal by averaging 2.14 per game in the regular season. Curry hailed his teammate Klay Thompson as the best defender of his team.
“I’ve got a great teammate that’s obviously a better defender on the perimeter,” Curry said of Thompson after Game 5 when he was asked about Durant and Westbrook’s reaction. “I like the challenge. I’ll do my job the best I can. That’s what I’m out there to do. So in those situations, I don’t get too caught up in the one-on-one match-up. My job is to follow the game plan, and I’ve done that the last four years of my career trying to elevate my defensive presence and do my job.”
After playing off Durant and Westbrook’s comments, Curry showed glimpses of his defensive qualities during Warriors 108-101 win in Game 6 on Saturday. The Warriors forced a Game 7 coming back from 1-3 in the West Finals.
Curry has emerged as a back-to-back MVP award winner by silencing his critics at every step of his career. On Saturday, the Warriors guard also did the same. Once under tremendous pressure in the series, Golden State is now just one game away from playing their second consecutive NBA finals.
The stage is now set for an epic Game 7.
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