Warriors not hitting panic button

LOS ANGELES • Stephen Curry has said there is "no panic" in the Golden State Warriors locker room after a 22-point loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Western Conference Finals.

Curry looked significantly off his game on Wednesday night, connecting on just seven of 19 shots from the floor, including one of eight from three-point range.

He finished with 16 points but never established the remarkable range that can stretch opposing defences to breaking point.

His 16 points - on the back of an 18-point performance in Game 1 - marked the first time Curry has failed to reach at least 20 points in consecutive play-off games since the 2016 NBA Finals, when he was nursing a knee injury.

His struggles were mirrored by most of his team-mates. Kevin Durant was a predictable rock with 38 points, but Klay Thompson scored just eight, Draymond Green six and Andre Iguodala five.

"No panic," Curry insisted after the game. "No houses-on-fire type of mentality in our locker room. We're in pretty good shape right now."

The Warriors are heading home to host Games 3 and 4 tomorrow (Monday morning, Singapore time) and Tuesday, having shocked the 65-win Rockets in Game 1.

And Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he was certain Curry would find his groove.

"I'm not worried about Steph," Kerr said. "He's the kind of competitor and player who will bounce back from a tough night."

Both Kerr and Curry himself were adamant that Curry's troubles were unrelated to the sprained knee ligament that sidelined him for 16 games until his return in Game 2 of the Warriors' second-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans.

"I'm feeling great," the guard said. "I didn't find a rhythm early. I had some decent looks from three that could have changed the momentum of the game early in the first half."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Warriors not hitting panic button'. Print Edition | Subscribe