Whats Wrong With Stephen Curry

1992Michael Jordan59.734.75.08.326.4 1985Larry Bird54.023.08.35.018.4 2016Stephen Curry58.916.05.04.38.7 1987Magic Johnson63.127.78.014.032.2 2008Kobe Bryant54.530.04.75.019.9 2000Shaquille O’Neal58.938.718.73.031.7 1991Michael Jordan62.532.78.011.330.7 1989Magic Johnson56.711.73.78.013.0 1997Karl Malone48.026.712.72.318.5 2001Allen Iverson47.635.37.04.321.4 2013LeBron James44.116.712.37.316.2 1993Charles Barkley53.329.014.34.322.7 1984Larry Bird55.427.011.33.321.0 YEARPLAYERTS%PTSREBASTGAME SCORE 1996Michael Jordan58.731.05.35.023.7 1986Larry Bird55.325.710.310.326.0 1994Hakeem Olajuwon50.924.79.34.019.7 TS% = True Shooting PercentageSource: Basketball-Reference.com Best performances by regular-season MVPs through 3 games of the NBA Finals (1984-present) PER-GAME AVERAGE 2015Stephen Curry52.724.05.36.314.4 1998Michael Jordan53.031.33.72.321.1 2012LeBron James55.730.310.34.022.5 As bad as the Cleveland Cavaliers looked going down 2-0 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the tables were turned in Cleveland’s 120-90 Game 3 rout. Just about everything that had gone poorly for the Cavs in the series’ first two games — from horrific shooting to porous defense — reversed itself, proving once again how hard it is for one NBA team to dominate another consistently at this stage of the playoffs.The Dubs probably shouldn’t fret too much over the 30-point loss; our prediction model still gives Golden State a 77 percent chance of winning the series in the end. But if there is a source of concern for Warriors fans, it might be the ongoing struggles of the team’s best player, league MVP and offensive demigod Stephen Curry.During the regular season, Curry averaged a Game Score (John Hollinger’s method for gauging a player’s performance in any given outing) of 24.6, which led all NBA players. He cracked a Game Score of 20 — and I should note that the scale for Game Score is a lot like points per game, so 20 (games like this or this for Steph) is the benchmark for a good performance — 57 times in 79 appearances, and was held below 10 (like this) only four times.In these NBA Finals, however, Curry is averaging 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.7 minutes per game, and hasn’t broken 20 in Game Score even once, though he’s dipped to single digits twice in three games. In fact, his 8.7 average Game Score for the series is easily the worst three-game start to an NBA Finals by a league MVP since at least 1984:1That’s the first season for which Basketball-Reference.com has Game Score data from every game. 2003Tim Duncan55.524.016.05.323.7 The Cavs are slightly better than the typical finals opponent that an MVP faces — at least according to the Elo ratings, our pet metric for estimating team strength — but strength of schedule only explains a fraction of Curry’s statistical downturn.In the finals thus far, Curry’s famous ability to create and make shots he has no business knocking down has been on the fritz. First, he’s “only” shooting for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) 9 points higher than we’d expect based on the quality of his shots, a subpar showing by his usual standards. (He hit for an eFG% 13 points higher than expected during the regular season, tops in the NBA.) And about that shot quality: According to player-tracking data, the Cavs’ defense has also forced Curry into his fifth-worst three-game stretch of shot selection all season long.Curry’s game revolves around his shooting, so any dip there will have an outsize impact on his effectiveness. But perhaps more than the drop-off in shot making and shot quality when Curry’s number does get called, the Warriors have suffered because he simply hasn’t been able to make many plays for himself or others these past three games. Curry has seen both his usage and assist rates drop precipitously in the finals, and his turnovers are through the roof — more than double his regular-season average, on a per-possession basis.Is it all about Cleveland’s D? Well, Curry has been guarded most frequently by Kyrie Irving, one of the weakest defensive guards in the league, but the Cavs have also switched Irving off of Curry on plenty of screens, in favor of more capable defenders such as LeBron James, Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson and even Tristan Thompson (at least on one memorable contested step-back in Game 3). But just as much of Curry’s weak performance in the finals thus far can also be pinned on his own poor decision-making and a lack of support from teammates, like on this ill-fated drive:The good news for Golden State is that Curry has bounced back from games worse than Wednesday night’s in these very playoffs. And Game 3 aside, the Warriors have often been well-rounded enough in these finals not just to beat Cleveland but to rout them, despite down performances from Curry. But even if it’s just with an eye towards the series MVP derby — will Steph really post two league MVP-NBA championship doubles with zero finals MVPs? — it’s an open question whether Curry will be able to regain his usual form down the home stretch of the series.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Ohio State football outlasts Buffalo 4020

The Ohio State football team started its 2013 season in winning fashion Saturday, defeating Buffalo by a score of 40-20.The Buckeyes got off to a fast start, scoring the first 23 points of the game on their first three drives.Less than five minutes into the game, junior quarterback Braxton Miller connected with teammate Devin Smith on a 47-yard touchdown pass. OSU wasted no time getting its special teams unit on the field, and backup senior quarterback Kenny Guiton took a direct snap and scored a two-point conversion by running into the end zone.OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the play calls in the first quarter were scripted, and that he was happy with the results.“You can’t play much better than our guys did (in the first quarter),” Meyer said. “We’re pushing the ball down the field, guys making plays. Special teams, I thought our kickoff was outstanding.”Guiton said that running two-point conversion plays are “pretty cool,” and that he enjoys being the head of the unit that runs them. Having coaches that are willing to make decisions like going for two are something that he said the players enjoy.“We love that. That’s something you do in a video game,” Guiton said. “So being able to do it out here is a lot of fun.“Senior wide receiver Chris Fields was the beneficiary of OSU’s next drive, scoring on a wide open seven yard pass from Miller. Guiton rushed the special teams unit on the field again, completing a screen pass to redshirt-senior Jordan Hall who ran into the end zone untouched.Just before the end of the opening quarter, Hall struck again but this time from the ground. A 49-yard burst through the middle coupled with an extra point from senior kicker Drew Basil gave OSU a 23-0 lead.A fast start was something that Meyer said was important, because it was something that his team struggled with last year.“Momentum is an amazing thing in college football,” Meyer said. “A lot of new young guys that I saw a little bit of hyperventilating out there, but I thought they came out of the chute fast.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the way the first quarter went was “really close” to the way he wanted it to.“I think we did a heck of a job coming out of the gates, which was something that plagued us last year,” Herman said.Despite the fast start, turnovers on OSU’s next three drives changed the momentum and kept Buffalo in the game.A fumble by freshman Dontre Wilson gave the Bulls a short field, and quarterback Joe Licata found tight end Matt Weiserfor a score on the ensuing drive. Buffalo’s star linebacker Khalil Mack then intercepted a screen pass from Miller on OSU’s next drive, returning it for a touchdown. OSU led 23-13 after a failed two-point conversion pass attempt by Licata.After Wilson’s turnover, Meyer said his team did not respond to the adversity the way he wanted. “The players must learn from mistakes that are made and how to deal with such things,” he said.“We’ve gotta learn to fight through those momentum shifts,” Meyer said, adding that being able to work through those problems reflects on a team’s maturity level.“The more mature your team is, momentum’s only about seven points, I consider it,” Meyer said. “But if you’re immature, especially at certain areas, momentum is a 14-point shift.”Wilson was able to bounce back from the fumble though, returning the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to Buffalo’s 37. On the very next play, Hall broke through for his second touchdown run of the day, giving OSU a 30-13 lead at halftime.Hall, who ran for a career-high 159 yards, said he does not remember ever having a game quite like this one. Theredshirt-senior said he was surprised with how big the hole was on his 37-yard scamper.“I was just like, wow,” Hall said. “I don’t know if they (Buffalo) messed up or the O-line just did what they do but I just (saw) it and took it.”Hall added that with the way the Buckeyes came out in the first quarter, he thought they were going to score 100 points, but that they need to do a better job of putting teams away.“We probably got a little complacent,” Hall said. “We probably thought that Buffalo was going to slow down. But give them credit, they fought ’til the end of the game.”On Buffalo’s opening drive of the second half, Licata found senior receiver Alex Neutz in the end zone. The extra point cut the lead to 10 again midway through the third quarter. That was when the heat of the August day started getting to some players.With temperatures in the upper-80s throughout the game, multiple OSU players suffered from cramping. That prompted Meyer to say “It was a hot mother out there” on the field, and that he was worried about how much his players cramped.“It’s a concern, yeah,” Meyer said. “I know our strength staff and training staff work hard on the hydration, and I’m not sure if Buffalo cramped. That’s the thing I keep asking myself.”Miller was unable to avoid having his legs tighten up, and with the Buckeyes only leading by 10 had to be replaced byGuiton near the end of the third quarter. Guiton responded like he has in the past, leading OSU to a score on that drive, finding Fields for a 21-yard score to give the Buckeyes a 37-20 lead.Guiton said he is “always ready” to step in if Miller goes down, and that his preparation on the sideline is key in case he has to relieve him.“I try to make sure I know everything that the defense is doing throughout the game and I try to make sure I know what the game plan is and what the like to do in certain situations,” Guiton said, adding that it helps him once he’s on the field because he is able to tell what the defense is doing when they move.“It’s a lot easier if you know where their guys are going to be,” he said.The teams traded possessions for the rest of the game, save for a 39-yard field goal by Basil midway through the fourth.Miller finished the day with 178 yards on 15-22 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. He also finished with 78 yards on the ground.Even though his team is now 1-0 on the 2013 season, Meyer said there are still things that “gotta get fixed,” but the good thing is that the season is just barely underway.“When you score 40 points out of almost 500 (yards), 460 or something like that and you’re disappointed, that’s a good sign,” Meyer said. “The bad sign is we’ve got a long way to go.”OSU is scheduled to take on San Diego State Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Mens tennis Justin Kronauge named ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year

For the second time in as many days, an Ohio State tennis coach has been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.OSU men’s tennis assistant coach Justin Kronauge was named ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year Wednesday, coming just a day after Buckeyes’ women’s tennis head coach Melissa Schaub was named Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.Kronauge is one of two assistant men’s tennis coaches to receive the honor in 2017, along with Virginia assistant coach Dustin Taylor. He was also named ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. Under the leadership of Kronauge, the Buckeyes made an NCAA tournament run to the semifinals, where they lost to UVA 4-2 in 2017. His team also finished the year undefeated in Big Ten play (11-0), and came away with both its 12th straight conference regular season title and 12th overall conference tournament title. read more

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Uruguay national team players support FIFA investigation

first_imgThe Uruguayan Football Association has been taken over by FIFA in a move to weed out corruption from the government bodyAfter FIFA took over the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF in Spanish), the players of the national team have released a statement.In this press release, they support the FIFA investigation, that will take place from this month until February 28th, 2019.“We support this measure, in order to establish in definitive the principles of transparency, democracy, and plurality in the AUF,” the statement read as reported by Diario Olé.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“It is time for football in Uruguay to become a regulation for the will of all the players that are part of it, and not because external pressures that obey to third parties’ interests.”The players demanded an investigation “to determine if there were corruption cases.”Ex-AUF president Wilmar Valdez quit one day before he was going to be re-elected, and FIFA decided to take over the Uruguayan FA in order to find what happened inside the institution.last_img read more

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Declan Rice can become a West Ham great says Zabaleta

first_imgDeclan Rice has the potential to become one of West Ham’s greatest players and should sign a new contract, says teammate Pablo ZabaletaThe teenage midfielder has under two years left on his existing deal, but West Ham does still have the option to extend it by another 12 months.Talks over a contract extension have been ongoing since April with no agreement having been reached.Zabaleta, who has played alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero throughout his playing career, sees a great deal of potential in 19-year-old Rice.“He has the right ability and attitude to become of one of the greatest players for West Ham,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports.“West Ham need to think about his situation because even though he is young he looks so mature and he is proving week in, week out he can perform for the team.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“As a team-mate, for me he is one of those young players that you like to look after and help with all the information you can give him.“You try to help out as much as you can, but then, of course, there are people who make decisions in this club about contracts and all those things and there is nothing I can do about it.“He has more to learn but all the players need to look after him and keep his feet on the ground because even at the age of 19 or 20 and you play two or three good games in this league, you attract attention from everyone.“There was all the stuff about the Ireland and England football teams and you have to know how to manage those situations. But it is important for his family and the players around him to look after him.”Rice has started in three of West Ham’s six Premier League games this season.last_img read more

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Pochettino warns fullstrength Spurs can challenge for league title

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino suggests that his side may be able to maintain their unexpected Premier League title till the end once at full-strength.Despite the absences of star duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli for over a month and a lack of signings across the past two transfer windows, Spurs have stayed in the mix with Manchester City and Liverpool for the league title this season.The Lilywhites have won four games in a row now following last week’s impressive 3-0 Champions League triumph over Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.But Pochettino thinks there may still be something left in the tank from his squad once his injured players have returned.“I am so happy and feel so proud of my squad,” Pochettino told Sky Sports. “From the beginning of the season no one believed we could repeat last season.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“[But] we are where we are because we deserve to be there. We’ve competed very well in the last few months, got the results we wanted and kept a very good position in the table while being involved in the Champions League.“With all the things [that have been] against us we were fighting, and we are going to fight in the future to be in a very good position and try to win.“But, of course, the moment we have the whole squad available we are going to be stronger than before.“We will see, if we are able to arrive in the last few months in a good position, that is the moment to push and to achieve the things that we want.”Spurs will take a trip to Turf Moor on Saturday to take on Burnley in their next Premier League match.Victory this weekend will enable Pochettino’s men to close up to two points within City, who will be facing Chelsea in the Carabao Cup instead, in third-place.LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: (EDITOR’S NOTE: Digital filters have been used) The corner flag is pictured prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford FC at Wembley Stadium on January 30, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)last_img read more

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