Warriors' Steve Kerr Jokes Stephen Curry 'Is No Longer a 3-Point Shooter'

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 26, 2022

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr joked it's time for Stephen Curry to change his offensive repertoire given his recent shooting struggles.

"Steph is no longer a three-point shooter," Kerr told reporters after Tuesday's 130-92 win over the Dallas Mavericks. "We're going to really get the ball to him in the paint and turn him into a back-to-the-basket [player]."

Curry has endured an ultra-rare shooting slump in recent weeks. He's connected on just 29.1 percent of his three-point attempts in January, including only three of his 23 shots (13.0 percent) from beyond the arc over the past two games.

After Sunday's win over the Utah Jazz, the NBA's all-time leader in three-pointers said he's been happy with the shots he's been taking and is trying to determine why they're not falling.

"I'm not worried about the selection as much as figuring out what needs to change in terms of knocking them down and finding the joy of shooting the ball," Curry said. "That's always a part of my game. I got to be better at that."

He's still found ways to impact the game despite the lackluster outside shooting. He's averaging 20.6 points, 7.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals across 12 appearances in January.

All joking aside, Kerr said the two-time NBA MVP has been "playing really well" in the other areas of the game to help the team continue its winning ways. The Warriors have won four of their past five contests and sit second in the Western Conference with a 35-13 record.

Curry is still shooting 37.3 percent on threes this season. While that would represent the lowest full-season mark of his Hall of Fame career, it still ranks 62nd of 154 qualified shooters in the NBA, a shade above former teammate Kevin Durant (37.2 percent).

The odds are he'll get it figured out before the playoffs arrive, which will only make the Warriors more dangerous as they attempt to resume their dynasty with a fourth title since 2015.