Lee: Curry "Absolutely" Needed To Let Loose

Sonya Curry wasn't happy with her son's verbal outburst in Game 3, but it needed to happen, Michael Lee says

Tiki and Tierney
May 21, 2018 - 6:28 pm

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On Sunday evening, in the midst of a blistering third quarter in which he scored 18 points, Steph Curry pronounced that Oracle Arena was “his house.” 

Only he prefaced that statement with a four-letter word – or at least a derivative of a four-letter word.

While Curry’s mother, Sonya, didn’t appreciate her son’s verbal outburst, many NBA fans and analysts welcomed Curry’s emotion, especially given what he’s gone through in recent months.

“Absolutely, I think it’s good for Steph to let loose,” Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Michael Lee said on Tiki and Tierney. “I think the one thing about Steph that is just amazing is he has such an energy about him and an excitement and enthusiasm, a joy that he plays with that’s contagious. When he gets going, that’s when the Warriors get going. That’s when you see the fans get engaged. When Steph hits a three, it’s a party. If Durant hits a couple of jumpers in a row, everybody’s like, ‘Oh, that’s nice.’ But when Steph hits a couple of threes, it’s a celebration. That's really what he does. He just adds so much energy and life and enthusiasm. When he gets going, everybody else does.”

Curry scored 26 of his game-high 35 points in the second half against Houston, as the Warriors won Game 3, 126-85.

“He struggled in the first half,” Lee said. “He really didn’t have a great half of basketball, but the Warriors are up (11) when they went to the locker room and that was because Durant was already there handling his business. They were just waiting for Steph to get going.”

Once he did, the game was over. The Warriors outscored the Rockets by 10 points in the third quarter and by 20 in the fourth. It was a joyous performance from Curry, who shot 2-of-13 from three in the first two games of the series.

“He needed to let loose,” Lee said. “For the last couple of days, he’s been hearing that he’s not any good or that he’s hurt. He got loose in the second half, and the Rockets had no answer for him. He had a right to let loose, especially considering all that he was taking the last couple of days.”

The Warriors looked mortal, relatively speaking, late in the regular season, losing 10 of their last 17 games. Now, however, they’re one win away from a commanding 3-1 series lead against 65-win Houston.

“The Warriors are the best team in the NBA,” Lee said. “Kevin is like the stabilizer, and if Steph gets loose, he’s the destroyer. That’s sort of what happened last night. . . . This is a team went 16-1 last year in the playoffs. I think we know that they’re a really good team. I feel like right now we’re just seeing it all play out the way we sort of expected.”

Game 4 is Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

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