I don’t think that ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Stephen Curry are going to be sitting down for dinner anytime soon.
Just a few days after Smith and Curry’s wife, Ayesha, had a Twitter fight over Mrs. Curry’s comments during and after NBA Game 6, Smith lit into the Golden State Warriors star following the NBA Finals, which ended Sunday night. Golden State lost to Cleveland in seven games. In Sunday’s 93-89 Cavs win, Curry struggled. He was 1-of-6 from the field in the decisive fourth quarter. Curry finished with 17 points, barely half his season average.
It should be noted that Curry injured his ankle and knee in the playoffs and may also have a shoulder injury. He didn’t appear to be the same player he was during a record-breaking regular-season when he averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds and was named unanimous league MVP.
Speaking on ESPN’s “First Take” show Monday, Smith didn’t hold back with his opinions on the local Charlotte hero and former Davidson Wildcats star.
“He’s gotta get stronger,” Smith said, “but here’s why I’m not letting him off the hook. I thought last night his decision-making as a point guard was atrocious. (The stat sheet) said he had four turnovers. It felt like 10....How are you going to throw a behind-the-back pass (late in the fourth quarter) on the right sideline? I’m talking about momentum-stalling turnovers. What are you doing? Cleveland is making a run and you stop them and you’re making a run, and somehow, someway, you turn the ball over...You’re joking around with the basketball. I saw Klay Thompson’s shots going in and out. There were times when Steph Curry was shooting straight-up bricks.”
Smith and co-host Skip Bayless also criticized Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Curry for not finding teammates who were having big offensive games, like Thompson in Game 5 and Draymond Green in Game 7.
“Game 5 called for Klay Thompson,” ESPN’s Smith said. “Game 7 called for Draymond Green, and in the fourth quarter, your point guard and your coach did not make sure that those individuals were found, and that had a lot to do with why the Golden State Warriors are sitting here today, 73-9, all-time regular-season record and it doesn’t mean a damn thing because you lost the championship.”