Steph Curry's inability to keep his hands out of the cookie jar has become a problem for the Warriors. It's so bad, in fact, that Warriors coach Steve Kerr is enlisting Curry's parents to try and help.
Kerr struck out with Steph's mom, Sonya. So, after Game 1 of the NBA playoff second-round series against the Rockets, Kerr turned to Steph's father, Dell, who played in the league for 16 seasons.
Wardell Stephen Curry and Wardell Stephen Curry II had a chat on the way to Oracle Arena on Tuesday night for Game 2.
"I talked to Steph today, before we got off the Sprinter [van], I said, 'Son, this is going to be a very scrutinized, tight-called game. I think you need to leave your hands to yourself, make sure you're on the court at all times.' " Dell told NBC Sports Bay Area's Greg Papa on SNC: Warriors Playoff Central prior to Game 2. "He wants to defend. He takes that challenge at the defensive end personally. He wants to make sure that he plays that part of the game as well. A lot of times, he plays defense how he's being defended."
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Curry was called for five fouls in the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Rockets and, according to the NBA, should have been whistled for his sixth personal foul late in the fourth quarter. No foul was called, though, and Curry was allowed to remain on the court to hit the deciding 3-pointer with 24.4 seconds left.
Curry's propensity for reaching might have cost him dearly early in Game 2. With 8:32 remaining in the first quarter, Curry tried to poke the ball away from Rockets center Clint Capela and appeared to hurt his left hand. He went straight to the locker room, and the Warriors later said Curry had a dislocated left middle finger.
X-rays on Curry's finger were negative, and he returned to the game.