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Testy Stotts, the Blazers have left looking for a Curry solution



OAKLAND, Calif. – The defense strategy of Stephen Curry is a testy topic for Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts after the Golden State Warriors star who won the Blazers 116-94 at Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

After Curry acquired a 36-point high game game on Tuesday night, Stotts responded to intense harassment as he considered using traps as did Houston Rockets in the previous round rather than the big one returns to pick-and-roll coverage. [19659002] "I can not remember – when he has 33 in the second half, then they push it?" Stotts, which defines Curry's performance in Game 6 win to close the semifinals at the conference against the Rockets. "These are? And he got 33 in the second half? OK, yes, we'll look at that."

Portland is definitely looking for solutions after Curry meets his high playoff career for the 3-pointers made with nine of the 1

5 attempts at opening the finals of the Western Conference. According to ESPN Stats & Information tracking, seven of 3s Curry is replaced with missed shots.

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"The defensive performance is very small in our part," says Portland point guard Damian Lillard, who scored 19 points only 4-of-12 from the floor and made seven turnovers. "Having our bigs back away, understanding our team is playing a fight, they will not shoot shoot midrange and try to invade the rim If they see the opportunity to shoot a 3, they will tell you shoot it on a high clip We need to bring our guys up and run them off the line, and tonight, they're setting solid screens and coming off shooting shooting shots.

"That's the last things we need if we want you to have any chance to beat this team. "

Center Enes Kanter confirmed that the Blazers game plan against Curry was confirmed for the on-ball defender to fight the screens while the big dropped in coverage.

" On the fourth quarter, we changed it, "Kanter says." But I think it will change in the second game. "

As Curry finished the second round with a flourish – showing off all 33 of his Game 6 Points in the second half, including 23 in the fourth quarter – he struggled for most of the series against the Rockets.The Curry had a particularly challenging series of shooting, entering only 40.3 percent of his shot from the floor and 27.9 percent from the 3-point range in the West semifinals.

No problem Curry on Tuesday evening, when he picked Portland, 12-of-23 from the floor, dishing out seven assists and just making a turnover.

Thinking of a better way to contain curry is would be one of the main focuses on Portland the day before Game 2.

"We did tonight," said the Blazers guard CJ McCollum.


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