Defending Stephen Curry is one of the NBA's most unanswerable questions, and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts did not appear to appreciate being asked about the task following his team's 116-94 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.
Stotts was prompted by a reporter noting that the Houston Rockets, whom the Warriors beat 4-2 in the conference semifinals, "had some success trapping Steph."
"I can't remember, when he had 33 in the second half, were they trapping then?" Stotts retorted, in part.
Stotts was referring to Curry's 33-point second half—including a playoff career-high 23-point fourth quarter—to close out Houston in Game 6 after the two-time league MVP had been held scoreless in the first half.
On Tuesday night against Stotts' Blazers, Curry led all scorers with 36 points on 12-of-23 shooting from the field and nine made three-pointers.
Portland's next chance to contain Curry and the Warriors will be Thursday at Oracle Arena with tip-off set for 9 p.m. ET.