OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry wants no part of the word “slump.” Doesn’t use it, doesn’t care to be associated with it and doesn’t believe it applies to his, um, diminished shooting accuracy.
“I never really use that word because a slump, to me, connotes that you lose a little bit of confidence and what not,” Curry said Tuesday morning after shootaround in advance of the Warriors-76ers game Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
“Obviously, I’d like to shoot better and make more shots, and I’m sure that’ll happen,” he added. “But I woke up this morning not thinking about what’s happened the last four or five games. It’s a new day, a new opportunity.”
The last seven games have not met the offensive standard set by Curry, who last season led the NBA in scoring and has won the MVP award in each of the past two seasons. Over that stretch, he's shooting just over 40 percent from the field and below 24 percent from deep.
Curry insisted there are no mechanical issues, that his shot has “felt OK” even if the numbers don’t reflect that.
“I’m just missing shots,” he said. “There are no two ways around it. Shots that I normally take and make aren’t falling. I’m going to keep shooting them until they do.”
Curry’s 39.3-percent shooting beyond the arc represents a career-low and a steep drop from last season, when he shot an absurd 45.4 percent from deep. His previous career-low is 42.4 percent in 2013-14.
He’s shooting 46.1-percent overall, which would be the second-lowest percentage of his career (45.1 in 2012-13).
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has consistently said Curry’s numbers are fine, but that the bar has been set so high that any perceptible decline can’t escape notice. Curry generally agrees.
“The narrative is different, based on how I’ve been shooting,” he said. “So, it’s different. I’m cool with that.”
Curry said he plans no change to his usual routines for practice, shootaround or pregame. He indicated his voluminous off-court activities and obligations have been curtailed as the regular season winds down.
“There is a high demand on my time, and you try and protect it at all costs,” he said. “There are busier weeks than others. But my first job is to play basketball, and that’s my focus and my priority. Nothing trumps my preparation when it comes to that. And that would be pretty much from now until the end of the year, where there’s nothing really going on.”