Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry has been getting into foul trouble this postseason — which is very unlike him.
Curry, who averaged just 2.4 personal fouls per game throughout the regular season, has had at least four fouls in all but two of their seven playoff games so far this postseason. He had five fouls in Game 3 of their opening round series against the Los Angeles Clippers, and had five again on Sunday in their 104-100 win against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Try as he may, Warriors coach Steve Kerr can’t stop his star guard from fouling.
So finally, during one of the Warriors’ games in Los Angeles in their opening round series, Kerr tried a new strategy: He recruited Curry’s mom.
“I asked him, I said, ‘Steph, where’s your mom?’” Kerr said. “And he pointed up about 10 rows behind the bench. I looked up and made eye contact with Sonya and I said, ‘Tell him not to foul anymore.’”
Warriors' Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry's persistent foul trouble: "I made eye contact with Sonya and said, 'Tell him not to foul him any more.' If his mom can't get through to him, I'm definitely not going to get through to him. Maybe i should try dad this time." pic.twitter.com/YkJ89ijLLo— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 28, 2019
It was certainly worth a shot. Moms have ways of getting through to their children that nobody else — not even a coach like Kerr — can.
But even Sonya failed. So Kerr is going to try his hand at the other parent in the Curry household.
“If his mom can’t get through to him, I’m definitely not going to get through to him,” Kerr said. “I’m going to maybe try Dell this time, try dad.”
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