Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson prove they still have a knockout punch, but how long does erratic shooting last?

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 59 points out of 14 made three-pointers in Golden State’s series win over Memphis on Friday. Thompson carried on the day, making a total of eight of his 14 3s and 11-of-22 shots. Curry went 4-for-17 at one point before hitting two dagger triples as the Warriors Finally get rid of the Grizzlies.

But numbers need context. Curry didn’t play well. He finished with 29 points, and it’s a testament to his highest threat level that he was sloppy with the ball and couldn’t get a shot for most of the night that he still won a plus-14 for the game. and indeed he made the shots when they really counted but looking forward to Dallas or Phoenix in the conference finals he will have to be better.

The same goes for Thompson, who was great on Friday but has been forcing shots for a while. It took an 11-for-22 in Game 6 for Thompson to finish the series over 40 percent of the field. He is not the defender he used to be and puts much more emphasis on his attacking contributions.

Meanwhile, Curry just can’t seem to find his shot, save for a few box-score-saving runs. Going 6-for-17 of 3 on Friday, he finished the Memphis series with 32 percent from outside the arc and 41 percent overall. This is by far the worst postseason shooting of his career, after the worst regular season shooting of his career.

As I wrote earlier this week, Curry’s gunfights have served to reinforce just how great of a player he is. He still has five 30-point games posted in the playoffs; only Giannis Antetokounmpo has more so far. He hit 29 on Friday. He is such a winning player. Even if his shots don’t go in, he keeps attacking from the dribble, keeps going off the ball, keeps chasing shots and creates advantages for everyone else. James Harden should take note.

But at some point, you might think, these shots should come in as the postseason progresses. It’s hard to imagine the Warriors beating the Suns, or even the Mavericks, with Thompson and Curry firing so inconsistently, especially since they no longer have an elite defense to fall back on.

It is now a blank slate. The Warriors have survived two rounds and the score starts at 0-0 against whoever they play. Curry and Thompson can put these erratic ways behind them and get hot at the right time, and if they do, the Warriors can beat anyone. But we haven’t seen any evidence yet that they can summon their ancient magic on a consistent basis.

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