Every athlete, in every sport, will go through cold patches where nothing they do will pay off. That's just a fact of life.
What isn't ideal, however, is when that slump comes in the most important games of the season, as it is for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
In these NBA Finals, Curry is currently averaging 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.7 minutes per game, nowhere near his usual self. That could well come back to haunt the Warriors star if the Cleveland Cavaliers tie the series up tonight. Whatever happens, Curry knows he needs to do better.
Speaking about game three, Curry said he knew how poorly he played and was looking to rectify those mistakes.
''Last night was a struggle,'' Curry said before Warriors practice yesterday, according to the Mercury News.
''Just, again, foul trouble and kind of dealing with that, but also not being as aggressive as I needed to be. I don't know what the reason was for that, and it won't be that in Game 4.''
This is the thing though, Curry hasn't just been bad, he's been woeful. I'm not sure if there's been any stretch of his unanimous MVP season where he has shot 11, 18, and 19 points in consecutive games. That's what we would expect from a Draymond Green, who puts work in on other areas of the court, rather than a Splash bro.
Despite Curry's struggles, the Warriors still seem confident that he can get out of this slump with their help.
Speaking at that same practice, Steve Kerr did the smart thing and put the onus on himself and the coaching staff rather than the player, saying it was up to them to create plays and situations where he can get buckets.
''We can definitely help Steph out and we will,'' the Warriors head coach said on Thursday. ''We can put him in better position. ... The coaching staff has to figure out the best lineups and the best looks. Players have to perform. It's on all of us to be better.''
Is it that easy? The Warriors are certainly hoping so.
''All we have to do is take stock,'' Kerr added. ''We're up 2-1. We're in pretty good shape. We haven't played that well. Let's play better.''
Curry himself was equally positive.
''I like our chances of being able to figure it out.''