The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player can’t dunk — at least not when it matters most.
I’m not sure there’s ever been a more embarrassing moment for a great athlete in American history.
With 26 seconds left in overtime, James Harden made a tough layup to stake Houston to a 126-121 over the Golden State Warriors Saturday.
The Warriors immediately in-bounded to Steph Curry, who got a pick at mid-court to break free for an uncontested basket. It should have been a layup to close the lead to one possession with 22 seconds remaining. Instead, the low-flying Curry front-rimmed the dunk attempt.
Harden rebounded the miss and the Rockets dribbled out the clock to end the game.
Curry was sheepish in the postgame. He said “I was feeling pretty good, had a head of steam. Probably a little frustrated too with how the rest of the night went. Not my finest hour.”
Curry made only 7 of 23 shots, including 2-of-9 3-pointers.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant score 46 points in another stellar performance for the Warriors.
Look, Curry will have more huge nights in his future. But maybe the obvious is true. A 6-foot-11 guard is better than a 6-3 guard. Durant certainly wouldn’t miss an uncontested dunk with the game on the line.
Curry is a great player. But he needs to Tighten Up.
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For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Tighten Up.