In the midst of Stephen Curry’s 3-point clinic in the playoffs, let’s look at what he’s done against the San Antonio Spurs.
The San Antonio Spurs might have lost to the Golden State Warriors in just five games this postseason, but it was all without Stephen Curry, who missed the series with a knee injury. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all stepped up to lead the Warriors to the second round.
Well, Curry returned for the second round and did not stand out. However, in the Western Conference Finals, the two-time MVP showed up, with multiple 3-point clinics in the second half. That included what he did in Tuesday’s Game 4, with a barrage of outside shots in the third quarter, and another showboating shimmy at the Houston Rockets’ demise.
While the Spurs missed out on Curry in the postseason, they still dealt with him in the 2017-18 regular season and on more than a handful of occasions over the past nine years. So, in honor of the performances this player has put on in the Western Conference Finals, let’s take a brief look at what he’s done against the Silver and Black.
According to Basketball-Reference, Curry’s career numbers vs. San Antonio stand as such (all are averages):
- 25 games
- 31.8 minutes
- 20.3 points
- 6.0 assists
- 4.0 rebounds
- 46 percent shooting
- 40 percent 3-point shooting
These are hardly Curry’s best numbers against another team, as he posted nearly 30 points per game against the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors. He shot just under 50 percent against the Rockets, too, who he carved up on multiple occasions this series.
In 2017-18, Curry played in three of a possible four regular-season games, totaling 40 points due to an injury suffered in the Mar. 8 matchup on the road. The first two games had identical 53.8 percent shooting marks, as well, which came on 7-for-13 attempts.
If the Warriors defeat the Rockets Tuesday night, it puts them one game away from the NBA Finals and another chance for Curry and Golden State to show off. After that, the potential champions and the Spurs will meet up again this fall.