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Stephen Curry: Warriors were ‘trying to be too cute’ on defense in Game 2

The Houston Rockets on Wednesday night restored some balance in the Western Conference Finals courtesy of a 127-105 Game 2 throttling of the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center.

The case arguably could be made the lopsided score does not adequately illustrate just how thoroughly the Rockets dominated the Warriors, especially coming off such an uneven and uninspiring performance in a Game 1 loss on their home court.

The Warriors to a man bemoaned the lackluster performance on the defensive end of the floor Wednesday night. Stephen Curry, who was targeted by the Rockets on 23 isolation plays — on which Houston shot 7-of-15 from the field — believes the Warriors should have had a much better showing.

“We were trying to be too cute with our [defensive] exchanges and our switches and all that stuff instead of just manning up and playing one-on-one defense,” Curry said, via ESPN. “Whether they score or not, as hard as we’re working on the defensive end, they’re working as hard on the offensive end to get shots up. That was the difference between Game 1 and Game 2. They made a concerted effort to turn those one-on-one situations into a little bit more ball movement, and we were just a step slow, myself included.”

Curry, who has scored 18 points and 16 points, respectively, in Games 1 and 2, insists he’s fully recovered from a left knee injury that caused him to sit out Golden State’s first-round series and five weeks total.

“I physically feel fine,” Curry said. “I’m playing without really any limitations so I can just go play basketball.”

Despite such a letdown in Game 2, Curry has complete confidence in the Warriors heading into Game 3 Sunday at Oracle Arena with the series knotted up at one apiece.

“Obviously, now the cliché is we came here and we did what we’re supposed to do, and it’s 1-1, and yada, yada, yada,” Curry said. “That’s a good feeling, better than the alternative. Now we’ve got to go home and recalculate, figure out how to get the momentum back on our side. Get our home crowd into it and should be in good shape.”