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Steph Curry found himself in foul trouble once again during the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Rockets on Sunday.
He picked up his fourth foul with 4:34 remaining in the third quarter and immediately went to the bench.
He was assessed foul No. 5 with 8:12 left in the game, checked out and then came back in with 6:34 to go.
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has a problem with the way Curry is treated by officials.
“That’s my biggest issue with a superstar like Steph, and I know Steph’s mindset,” the 2015 NBA Finals MVP explained to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “His mindset is, ‘OK, this is how we’re playing. We’re playing physical. I’m just getting slapped and held and pulled down every time and I’m getting two hands on my drives. This is what the refs are allowing. So, they’re letting us play.’
"So when he’s guarding, he’s like, ‘OK, I can play this way,’ and then when he’s guarding it’s [whistle, whistle]. And then he’s like, ‘Damn, now I got three fouls.’ People always ask why he’s fouling, but that’s how he’s being guarded, so why wouldn’t he think he can't play physical like that?”
In these playoffs alone, Curry has foolishly reached on many occasions and was rightfully called for fouls.
Steph Curry’s 2nd foul in Game 2 was definitely a foul as he reached and made contact with Lou Williams (Curry was not happy with himself) pic.twitter.com/F4e4oSYV7H— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 18, 2019
There have also been several instances in which Curry reached and didn't commit a foul, yet was still penalized.
They just gave Steph Curry his 3rd foul for this. What a joke pic.twitter.com/ujdWodk086— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 19, 2019
It's as if officials are well aware of his reputation and assume a foul occured every time Curry goes for a steal.
On the other end of the floor, there's no doubt that the two-time NBA MVP doesn't get "superstar treatment."
“My brother is a referee,” Iguodala told Yahoo Sports. “He’s on the cusp of trying to get to the next level and I ask him a lot of questions. More times than not, he’s saying the referees are right. But my questions to him, and this is the one that gets him, is 'how do teams guard Steph and Klay?'
"And he says, ‘Oh, they get hacked every time.' He says Steph gets fouled 80 percent of the possessions that he’s in. He’s getting held, he’s getting pulled. They just hold him down. And teams are like, just get physical with him."
Curry scored just 18 points in Game 1 against the Rockets. The Warriors are hoping he can bust free Tuesday night and lead the Dubs to a 2-0 series lead.