SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports Sam Amick breaks Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, where the Warriors biggest team win in team history became the worst playoff loss in Rockets history.
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OAKLAND – For Houston or any team facing the vaunted Golden State, there's no better sight than a fighting Steph Curry. 19659007] At a time when the Warriors were considered invincible, off-target shots and missing mojo from the dual MVP are the strongest forms of kryptonite. When his mini-fight ended in the Western Conference finals in Game 3 on Sunday and Curry broke out in the third quarter for 18 points and declared that Oracle Arena was "my (power) house", the Rockets were not the only ones, who were disappointed to see him in shape.
The whole league would be good if Curry went the way of Charles Barkley in Space Jam and lost his superpowers.
Yet, of all the people who knew this, it would never happen, no one has a unique perspective as Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser. Almost every day since the start of the 2014/15 season, the 53-year-old was the one to miss Curry's endless shooting practice. Fraser, who starred with Warriors coach Steve Kerr in Arizona, had seen this game too often to be surprised by the end.
As for the R-rated celebration, which became viral during his goal-scoring when Curry pointed to the floor and made this announcement to the crowd while the Rockets were still catching the ball? The part that Fraser did not see.
"I did not see (the video) until this morning," Fraser said Monday USA USA TODAY. It's him who exudes confidence, happiness, success, all those things, and when he comes to that place, he's unbeatable.
"The funny part is, if you ask him," Do you remember Remember? "He does not remember. I have seen that. When he is in these moments, it's a kind of out-of-body thing because he has a huge personality and he does not hide that, but he does not try to show that on the floor the way he does privately). "
Of all the features that make Curry unique, confidence has often carried it to these heights – call it swagger or brag about it, but there was always an edge to it his chorus boy's image is deceptive.
"My favorite Stph celebration was the Shimmy in Portland (during the 2016 playoffs), when he finally made a three that brought him to 1-for-11 (shooting)," said Kerr, the fifth Title as a player won and remains the all-time leader in the career three-point percentage (45.4). "So you want to talk about self-confidence, you scold when you're 1-for-11? That is trust.
"I was not able to do that I would go into a bowl if I missed four or five threes in a row Most people would be honest But Steph is a different race"
Like Curry stated on Sunday, this rare outbreak was his way of remembering his own greatness.
In 12 minutes he was the type with the missing shot to the star who scored in a quarter 18 of his 35 points, while he went seven out of seven out of the field. Next, you knew that the Warriors had to take their worst playoff victory in the franchise's history, while the Rockets had to face their worst – and fell back 2-1 in the series.
"You have to block this (criticism) and be your worst critic and your biggest fan," said Curry. "It's sometimes difficult because everyone is human, but that has taken me through some hard times (through trust)."
Fraser Who Has Learned The Truth About Curry's Mental Makeup In recent years, he is as expert in this field as any other. But the day before Game 3, when Curry dominated in one of the many shooting games, he had a kind of slip-up.
"He broke his score and I said," You're back, "and he said," I've never been away, "Fraser said, laughing," He always knows it will not take. His attitude and the way he looks not only at basketball but at the world is that the glass is always half full. One of his (favorite) lines to me is that he thrives in chaos.
"(Chaos) Only 20 people can be at the house for the weekend, or come to a city that is late at night and tired, I think he likes to overcome things that are against him. .. He does not see that as "Oh, things are going against me. This is not good. "He actually hugs the mess, I think that kind of stuff strengthens his mind."
The problem now for the Rockets and the rest of the NBA? Curry is the one who makes the mess again.
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