Russell Westbrook Comments on Guarding Stephen Curry

Brian Marron@@brianmarron398Featured ColumnistMay 16, 2016

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 3: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball during the game against Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 3, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook appears to have a game plan to slow down Golden State's Stephen Curry when the two teams meet in the Western Conference Finals. 

Curry does not present any new challenges, according to Westbrook.

"He's a shooter," Westbrook said, per the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater. "He's not nothing I haven't seen. Him, [Damian] Lillard, guys like that can shoot the basketball from four or five feet behind the three. You got to do a little, different job. But just be physical."

Whatever Westbrook plans to do defensively on the two-time NBA MVP, it better be something different than his team's approach during the regular season.

In three games against Oklahoma City this year, Curry averaged 35 points per game while shooting 45 percent from three.

Westbrook has not been nearly as effective against the Warriors in the last two seasons, per ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss:

Playing physical is a smart move against Curry, especially considering he is only two games removed from his return from a knee injury. Westbrook still needs to avoid foul trouble, as the Thunder will need his dynamic playmaking ability down the stretch.

Look for Oklahoma City to throw Westbrook, Randy Foye, Andre Roberson and Dion Waiters at Curry to give him different looks and to keep Westbrook fresh on the offensive end of the court. However, nobody has been able to stop Curry yet this season, so it is difficult to bet on the Thunder having a viable answer. 

All statistics courtesy of ESPN.com unless otherwise noted.

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