19 points, five rebounds and five assists. 


That seems like a stat line most NBA players would be happy with. 


However, when you're a back-to-back MVP playing on the best regular-season team of all time, the expectations are ultra-high. And on Tuesday night, Curry didn't come close to meeting those lofty expectations. 

Going 6-for-20 shooting including just 2-of-10 from three-point range is just the beginning. Curry missed a couple free throws, a couple easy layups and posted six turnovers against five assists. This was an all-around bad game. 


The league MVP was completely dominated (along with the rest of his team) by Russell Westbrook, who recorded a triple-double with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. 

And about those missed layups.

There were a few things that were pretty evident to the naked eye. 


1. Curry wasn't moving at his usual speed. Since he's an ultimate gamer, it's very possible that his knee or ankle injuries from the previous rounds have been aggravated or that something else is wrong and we just don't know about it yet. Down 2-1 in the series during this game, effort is not even in question... the guy comes to play every night.


2. Billy Donovan has made limiting Curry the main defensive priority. Not just one player is committed to guarding the shifty point guard. The entire team is. At all times (on the perimeter, coming off screens, etc), the entire Thunder defense knew where he was on the court and blanketed him the whole game, forcing Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to try to take over the offensive load. 


3. Steph can't guard Russell Westbrook. No one really can, but Curry definitely can't stay in front of him. Therefore, maybe shifting the lineup so that Curry can expend his energy on the offensive end would be a smart move. Curry is known purely for his offensive ability and putting the ball in the basket. He can't be tasked with guarding the world's most athletic point guard and also be expected to drop 35 on the other end. 


Down 3-1 in the series, unable to take over the game offensively, and unable to stop Westbrook and the Thunder on defense, this pretty much sums up Curry's feelings right about now.

Sad times for Steph.