What Leandro Barbosa told Steph Curry during early-season frustrations

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Drew Shiller
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What Barbosa told Steph during early-season frustrations originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Steph Curry did not get off to a hot start this season.

The two-time NBA MVP went 7-for-21 from the field in the season opener against the Brooklyn Nets, and 6-for-17 overall vs. the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day.

He made 5-of-17 shots vs. the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 6, and had a 2-for-16 clunker vs. the Toronto Raptors. And of course, there was the box-and-one from the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 12.

At some point during those frustrating times, Curry had a conversation with "player mentor coach" Leandro Barbosa.

"One thing I told him when he was having a tough time making shots and doing the things that he used to do, I told him, 'You gotta be patient because this is a different environment, it's a different team, different guys,' " Barbosa said Tuesday morning on KNBR 680's "Murph & Mac" show. " 'It's gonna take a while for you to be comfortable with the offense (and) the guys that play with you.'

"And he said, 'Yes, definitely. I'm gonna need you [to remind him about that].' I said, 'I'm here. I'm here for you. Don't worry about that. Just be patient and keep doing what you do. Practice the way you do ... but sometimes you're gonna have to be different in the way that you play.'

"He doesn't have Klay [Thompson], he doesn't have Kevin Durant. So most of the time [teams] are gonna be doubling him. And that's what's been happening. But he adjusted. He's still Steph, man."

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The three-time NBA champion has been incredible over the last nine games, averaging 27.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 50.6 percent overall and 45.8 percent from 3-point range.

"It follows my normal patterns of shooting better as the season goes on in general," Curry said after the Warriors' win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. "But definitely getting a lot more comfortable finding that balance -- knowing what type of shots we're gonna get, and ones that I can take and make.

"I don't ever lose confidence in that respect, but you start to get a flow and you can carry that from game to game, and it starts to feel really good."

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