Stephen Curry's struggles are a result of Kevin Durant's play — Whitlock | NBA | SPEAK FOR YOURSELF

  • Published: 06 May 2019
  • Kevin Durant has been absolutely unstoppable during the 2019 NBA Playoffs, but has his performance affected Stephen Curry's play for the Golden State Warriors. Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley disagree on if this has occurred.

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  • Speak For Yourself
    Speak For Yourself   7 months back

    Has Kevin Durant's performance affected Stephen Curry's play?

    • Khaldrogo
      Khaldrogo  7 months back

      Scores 33 in the second half and puts the flopkets to sleep. THE CURRY DISRESPECT WILL STOP!

    • Dangerous ly
      Dangerous ly  7 months back

      You are not talking about this post season stat right? Because there is nothing to reference Steph scoring 40+.
      To your argument, there were 5 games in 2019 calendar year when Steph scored 40+. The decision is 4 win 1 loss.Date  Steph            KD                Decision
      4/6    40/57/75     15/86/50     win Cle
      2/1    41/52/56     25/46/13     loss Phi
      1/17  41/50/53     30/42/50     win No
      1/14   48/53/58    28/48/50     win Dal
      1/6     42/54/50     29/55/43    win Sac
                  pts/2pt fgp/3pt fgp
      As you can see, most of their number is consistent. Except KD's 3pt fgp stat where he was 1 for 8. So I will give you that. But making generalization after one occurrence this year is foolish don't you think?

      How about another way around? KD has no 40+pt game this calendar year. Let's bring the points down to 30+.
      Date  Steph            KD                Decision
      3/3    28/44/33     34/46/29     win Phi
      2/14  32/42/36     32/71/75     loss Port
      2/11  25/50/50     39/67/14     win Mia
      1/17  41/50/53     30/42/50     win No
                  pts/2pt fgp/3pt fgp
      Again, both players played consistently. Except couple of lousy 3pt FGPs committed by both.  Nevertheless, winning 3 of 4.
      This is team game. The reason the team win because both Steph and KD produces.
      Steph needs KD as much as KD needs Steph. Stats from 2/1 and 2/14 backs this claim. 
      I hope this sheds truth to your misconception.

    • Leo Fernandez
      Leo Fernandez  7 months back

      Speak For Yourself when KD goes for 40+ the game is close when Steph goes for 40+ it’s usually a blowout

    • Dangerous ly
      Dangerous ly  7 months back

      @Nolay Austin Kawaii comment

  • David Dokes
    David Dokes  7 months back

    Ain't it funny how Steph started playing better right after KD got hurt.

    • Ed Prue
      Ed Prue  7 months back

      Matt Barnes knew what it was about - Marcellus did not. :)

      • April Aries
        April Aries  7 months back

        Best indicator of future behavior is past behavior? Marcellus Wiley, you do realize that is a strong bias. Neuroscientists have disproved this repeatedly. And Matt just gave you the Klay example to show that perspective is bogus. But whatever

        • Hassan Bradley
          Hassan Bradley  7 months back

          Of course because he is a iso player whom the ball stops with with steph on the floor and no kd the ball moves draymond is the point and klay and steph run off 100 picks with kd they are unbeatable but steph and klay overfeeds kd to keep him happy

          • Suki Kang
            Suki Kang  7 months back

            Matt is a good dude
            He never says anything bad about other players

            • abdul smith
              abdul smith  7 months back

              Steph's has a good excuse this time around, Ayeshaaaaaaaa

              • IAS Productions
                IAS Productions  7 months back

                Steph is overrated. There is a reason he's never won a final's MVP. He has always been inconsistent in the playoffs. His struggles has nothing to do with KD. Steph curry is too soft for a real team in the playoffs.

                • rj graddy
                  rj graddy  7 months back

                  this comment aged well...

              • watchful news
                watchful news  7 months back

                KD's natural talent has taken over.

                • SatelliteSwag
                  SatelliteSwag  7 months back

                  You guys are great but can we get some more insight on raptors also!! PLEASE!!

                  • HighFallsDown
                    HighFallsDown  7 months back

                    They're always trying to speculate about these player's mindsets/moods/temperaments, but they can't possibly know that without talking to the person. Just talk about what they do on the court Whitlock, stop trying to act a superstar having a bad stretch is going to completely destroy his confidence.

                    • IPPO Sid
                      IPPO Sid  7 months back

                      "KD not good only in a good team... GSW not KD's team... Steph sucks now coz KD iso playing... Steph missed 3s and a dunk coz he out of rhytm, coz of KD again.." Man!!!!!!! What KD gotta do to? KD so consistent he now shoulders the blame!

                      • Leonard Brown
                        Leonard Brown  7 months back

                        Steph dropped 30 last game. They play just fine together

                        • Chosen Two
                          Chosen Two  7 months back

                          Whitlock is a slob

                          • jeffrey woodruff
                            jeffrey woodruff  7 months back

                            KD THE DON DADA. 3PEAT COMING SOON.

                            • Gipsy Flipsy
                              Gipsy Flipsy  7 months back

                              maybe the bench isn't that good anymore because Steph now earns 35 instead of 12 mio dollars.

                              • dave Sears
                                dave Sears  7 months back

                                Finally someone is recognizing this and talking about it. Durant is trying to assert his dominance over the league and hes doing it by trying to play hero ball all game. And it's taking guys like steph and klay out of their games because hes not playing into the system. The sad part is durant's so good he could get his stats either way and the rest of the team being in rhythm would make winning a whole lot easier.

                                • Redz Bass
                                  Redz Bass  7 months back

                                  1on1 Giannis > KD (barbie chicken)

                                  • Andres Gonzalez
                                    Andres Gonzalez  7 months back

                                    they are human, i know curry will show up..and every warriors haters.. will hate more.. lets go curry, you can do all the things

                                    • Timothy Chamberlin
                                      Timothy Chamberlin  7 months back

                                      Remember el debarge? They were good.....

                                      • Action Jackson
                                        Action Jackson  7 months back

                                        Cp3 is 35 and washed all they need from him is 15 8 7 and play good D. Other guys need to step up

                                        • Jason Cross
                                          Jason Cross  7 months back

                                          Second cup of Vanilla Crown and Cream Soda.

                                          • Francis Montes
                                            Francis Montes  7 months back

                                            They always blame KD when Warriors lose & Steph doesn't produce much. That's why the poor guy is leaving sheesh!

                                            • K P
                                              K P  7 months back

                                              They (GSW) is stagnet amd flow of offense is off. Just one more pass amd they are back in it.

                                              • Camp Kemp
                                                Camp Kemp  7 months back

                                                That white guy needs some lotion asap! Some body help his beef jerky Steve Kerr face!

                                                • James Landi
                                                  James Landi  7 months back

                                                  Also look how double teamed Steph Curry is. If KD was double-teamed like that it would slow down his game. You also mention LeBron. Anytime Harrison Barnes and Andre iguodala double team LeBron it was over and he folded. People always glorify Kevin Durant and talk bad about Curry. If I remember right KD was on the thunder in the playoffs and how exactly did that turn out??? People have a very selective memory

                                                  • James Landi
                                                    James Landi  7 months back

                                                    I am a born and raised San Francisco and lifetime warrior fan. If Kevin Durant can walk up and take any shot he wants why did he choke on that last 3-pointer when it counted?

                                                    • Paul Deo
                                                      Paul Deo  7 months back

                                                      KD pretending to b Lebron playing PG is a disaster. They were quicker and smarter wo KD. KD should shoot and score like hes mastered

                                                      • Kaelen Brix
                                                        Kaelen Brix  7 months back

                                                        Geez, curry already said that he's to blame with all the struggles warriors r having this series, and its true, 7/23 in game 3, 4/14 threes in game 4 r all unexcusable, and these wannabe analyts want to blame kd smh

                                                        • Nitin Pal
                                                          Nitin Pal  7 months back

                                                          Curry is a shooter. Shooters are rhythm player. They need to take shots every now and then to be in rhythm which is not happening.

                                                          • michael whatley
                                                            michael whatley  7 months back

                                                            When people figured out that they can drop off Draymond 5- 10 feet... That’s when the warriors started having problems. The thing that boggles my mind though, it feels like the warriors are getting more offensive rebounds than the rockets. And offensive rebounds are HUGE.

                                                            • Fred Felton III
                                                              Fred Felton III  7 months back

                                                              Use what's working and right now KD is working

                                                              • Fred Felton III
                                                                Fred Felton III  7 months back

                                                                If KD were not there the warriors would not be that good

                                                                • BubbaSteve Garcia
                                                                  BubbaSteve Garcia  7 months back

                                                                  White dude saying "ON ONE" hahahaha

                                                                  • MrBeatboxmasta
                                                                    MrBeatboxmasta  7 months back

                                                                    ....because...Curry was not known for chocking in the playoffs before KD arrived.... Funny how short Jason's memory is.

                                                                    • Michael Umali
                                                                      Michael Umali  7 months back

                                                                      matt barnes is an excellent analyst. and the way he speaks now is just way too different from the way he played...hehe

                                                                      • Neil Ft
                                                                        Neil Ft  7 months back

                                                                        Gsw plays better when they play through steph instead of cupcake man

                                                                        • Carl Threatt
                                                                          Carl Threatt  7 months back

                                                                          LEBRON JAMES

                                                                          Career Points     32,543

                                                                          Career Assists     8,606

                                                                          Career Rebounds  8,844

                                                                          Career Blocks 918

                                                                          Field Goal Attempts  23,400

                                                                          Field Goals Made 11,848

                                                                          Free Throws Made  7,140


                                                                          MICHAEL JORDAN

                                                                          Career Points    32,292

                                                                          Career Assists  6,672

                                                                          Career Rebounds 5,643

                                                                          Career Blocks  893

                                                                          Field Goal Attempts    24,537

                                                                          Field Goals Made     12,192

                                                                          Free Throws Made   7,327


                                                                          KOBE BRYANT

                                                                          Career Points     33,643

                                                                          Career Assists  6,303

                                                                          Career Rebounds 7,047

                                                                          Career Blocks    640

                                                                          Field Goal Attempts  26,200

                                                                          Field Goals Made           11,719

                                                                          Free Throws Made      8,378


                                                                          The above trajectory can be applied to any other player today (KD, Kwai, Curry, etc..)

                                                                          Lebron has (or will) score more points on less shots  (FACT)

                                                                          Lebron will be only player to get 40,000 points; 10,000 rebounds and 10,000 assists  and will be the all time leading scorer and be the #3 all

                                                                          time in career assists. The only players with more assists than Lebron James will be Stockton with 16000+ and Kidd with 12000+.  

                                                                          Everyone else will be passed by Lebron James in assists.

                                                                          This will soon be non-debatable --- and a lot of these media folks are quite simply and frankly on the wrong side of history with these rankings

                                                                          Lebron is getting older....he can't continue to be the best player in the NBA TODAY FOREVER....but don't get it twisted. Lebron is ALREADY on NBA Mt Rushmore and these players today aren't on NBA Mt Rushmore

                                                                          • Steve Taylor
                                                                            Steve Taylor  7 months back

                                                                            No, Steph needs to take responsibility and be a bit more accurate.
                                                                            Houston is simply outplay'n em at home though.
                                                                            Steph will probably heat back up if they can survive Houston.

                                                                            • Moses Malone
                                                                              Moses Malone  7 months back

                                                                              KD definitely has taken some of Steph's shine.

                                                                              • Ronald Russoe
                                                                                Ronald Russoe  7 months back

                                                                                Kd is a bandwagoning cupcake, who is stat padding on a stacked team, I hope his head gets big enough that he thinks he can go to the Knicks and win, he isn't that guy as for Curry he was a media hype job who is just good at shooting 3s who is getting exposed he I Steve Nash 2.0 an overglorfied system player who can't guard anyone

                                                                                • Tool OnDaBoards
                                                                                  Tool OnDaBoards  7 months back

                                                                                  Fatlock sounds like he’s got fried chicken in his throat

                                                                                  • Theng Yang
                                                                                    Theng Yang  7 months back

                                                                                    Curry is a system player..He needs everyone to do their parts to be great..curry just a shooter...Durant is a real baller..Can play with any system..Durant is a once generation type player.

                                                                                    • Josh Massey
                                                                                      Josh Massey  7 months back

                                                                                      Let Matt stay home next episode

                                                                                      • Qualified Automotive Solutions

                                                                                        Dude, Steph is hot garbage on Defense. Sorry.

                                                                                        • OTF AJ
                                                                                          OTF AJ  7 months back

                                                                                          Lol don’t compare kd to Kobe

                                                                                          • WISHBONEL7
                                                                                            WISHBONEL7  7 months back

                                                                                            matt barnes and kaepernick are dirt bags with a sewer mouths.

                                                                                            • 2quick4 u
                                                                                              2quick4 u  7 months back

                                                                                              is it really that hard to understand that KD is the problem for the Warriors¿? GSW have lost their identity and Curry looks totally lost because of it.. KD's ISO game is absolutely inefficient in today's game, especially if you have Draymond as teammate..