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Steph Curry did not have a huge game on Monday night.

His final stat line -- 18 points (8-for-15 overall, 1-for-5 from 3), eight assists, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

Perhaps the best aspect of his performance was only one turnover.

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"I thought Steph was good," Steve Kerr said after the Warriors' win. "I thought he was very patient ... I thought he managed the game very well. His best is still to come. That's what's encouraging ... he made some big plays for us, but I think he's gonna get even better as the series goes on.

"He's still in the first stages of his comeback from his injury ... he'll go from here."

In his first three games back from the knee injury (Games 2 through 4 vs the Pelicans), Curry averaged 23.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists over 29 minutes, while shooting 43 percent from the field.

In Game 5 against New Orleans, he racked up 28 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in 37 minutes, and went 10-for-16 overall.

Last Friday, Curry joked that he hoped the Rockets would try to force him into isolation situations vs James Harden "every single play." 

Houston's main objective in Game 1 was to do just that and on many instances, it worked out well for the Rockets.

"If that's the game plan they want to stick with, my job is to just try to make it as tough as possible," Curry told reporters. "You've got two great scorers over there -- CP and James -- who know how to get shots off in isolation type situations, and they're tough to stop.

 

"I'm gonna get scored on, they're gonna get scored on -- gonna be a lot of back and forth. But as long as I'm in the right spot at the right time ... I can be all right with that."

We shall see what adjustments are made in Game 2...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller