Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has admitted that his shooting this season has been below par, but laughed off talk of a ‘slump’.
Overall, Curry is shooting 40 percent from long range, the lowest percentage of his career.
"Yeah, I heard the words 'slump' and 'down year' and all sorts of other ways to describe something that wasn't really a problem for me," Curry told ESPN. "I obviously hold myself to the highest standard.
“Still, at this point, I'm not at the numbers I was last year, but I'm not worried about that because it's a different year. Every shot I take, I have confidence I'm going to make it, and over the course of the season, I expect that to show itself as we go along."
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On Monday though, Curry was named the Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 31.8 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds between January 2 to 8.
"There's a lot of scrutiny over something, to me, that wasn't really an issue — knowing that it will all average out, most likely," he said. "I try to get better from year to year, so if you survey it from that standpoint just off of raw numbers, I'm not achieving my goal right now. But there are a lot of things that go into it, obviously."
Despite what the critics have to say, the reigning NBA MVP admitted that he finds the fact that they think he is in a slump nothing short of hilarious.
"That is the one that's most comical, because if you look at the numbers at that point, in the politest way, I'll take those slump numbers any day of the week," he said. "But I know it's a long year and a lot more games to play. I try not to get caught up in that nonsense. It's a roller-coaster ride of a season. It is what it is."