They do not wear it, Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr. Everyone is grounded, giving more to breaking a joke than casting someone out. Everyone has a well-deserved reputation as a well-behaved, thoughtful guy. But every one conceals, beneath the surface, a bubbling cauldron, a nasty string – which used to be called the "red ass" – which comes out at the peak of competition, anger, passion. Kerr bursts single clipboard.
And then, after Steph Curry hit his seventh or eighth straight shot in the third quarter of what became a record breaking 41-point Game 3 demolition of the rockets culminating a 96-hour stretch under which Currys 2 of 13 three-point shooters combined in Games 1
and 2 against Houston had been analyzed and massively taken care of within an inch of his life but had been silent by Curry's 35-point smackdown in response, the Curry took out his nozzle and shouted: "This is my (wet) house ", not that anyone could hear him in bed at Oracle Arena. Then he said that his mother, Sonya, had become chid and said that he had to wash his mouth with soap. But while the outbreak was prophetic ("Riley, I hope you did not see," Brother Splash Brother Klay Thompson laughed in the locker room, referring to Curry's 5-year-old daughter), that was not very characteristic.
When he sat before match 3, he showed no real concern over his knee or his shot. The knee was developed strictly by Warrior's medical and training staff, along with Kerr's personal coach Brandon Payne under Curry's rehab. "I'm convinced he's 100 percent," said Payne Sunday morning. Curry convinced the rest of us a little later, using derivative adverb form.
Me: So completely removed from this: I heard you killed it when your team made their presentation to buy the pawns.
Stephen Curry: It's still kind of ongoing process.
Me: What was different in that process as opposed to things like players?
SC: I just think to understand the full scope of what the business page means. It was an opportunity to understand how to run a franchise – not to run a franchise – but the background, the details, all the different games in play, especially in Charlotte, to be the city I grew up in. So understanding more about how society and the fan base, how it interacts with the organization, the side of what could mean along the way, obviously interacting with NFL, how NFL grows from a fan and a game interaction type, there's a lot going on when thinking about owning a franchise. Pretty educational experience.
Me: Do you almost get insulted when someone asks you to have a problem shooting or something wrong after a bad game or two?
SC: It's a strong word. I think it's fun, because there's nothing that anyone can ask me or tell me I have not already thought of myself as to how I play, what I need to do better. The consistent thing is that I will never lose confidence in myself when I'm on the floor. That's why I shot the shots like I do that's why I play as I play. In addition to that, it's part of the game. And I have great expectations for myself, and I know that I set high goals when it comes to shooting basketball. And if I do not meet that standard every night, there will be questions about why this, why it. We are in the Western Conference finals. We must play well for us to move on to the next level.
Me: Houston has a really good defense, but while they have a good size of the wings and especially with Clint Capela in their backs they are not an overly long team. What are they doing so well defensively?
SC: I think it's just their change. They try to cancel your flow by placing one body at each interaction, each screen, between the ball, outside the ball. That's what we've done for years, where we're just trying to kill the flow. Do not allow as many passes or ball movements. They have quite good versatility. They can not be the longest group from top to bottom, but the versatility of having guys who can protect multiple positions that help them. They are tough and of course what Clint Capela can do in the color and protects the rim. I think it's just one of those things where it's a matter of whose will will win over seven games.