Steve Kerr admits Stephen Curry's fitness affected the finals

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Stephen Curry's struggles throughout the playoffs were well documented. After leading the Golden State Warriors to an incredible 73-9 regular season finish, he was never fully fit throughout the postseason as the Cleveland Cavaliers were victorious in the finals. 

Having suffered an ankle injury in game one of the opening round series with the Houston Rockets, he returned for game four but sprained his knee during the final play of the second quarter. Having missed two weeks, he also suffered an elbow contusion. 

He struggled mightily in the finals as Kyrie Irving locked him down and produced some fine attacking basketball at the other end, while his shooting percentages fell dramatically from those of the regular season - where he became the league's first unanimous MVP.

Both Curry and Steve Kerr insisted throughout the playoffs that he was fully fit. However, the head coach has admitted his troubles led to a few changes in approach during the series with the Cavaliers. 

“We made a few adjustments in terms of play-calling and actions that we tried to run,” Kerr told “But there’s only so much of that you can do.

“It’s still about flow and rhythm and pace. We tried a few different things – and let’s not forget, he was phenomenal in a few games.”

His 40-point performance against the Portland Trail Blazers - including a record 17 points in overtime - along with games five and six against the Oklahoma City Thunder are standout performances during an up and down postseason, however, the bad games stand out following Golden State's collapse. 

His combined field goal percentage of 36.7 in the final three games are what will define the campaign for the two-time MVP. It's somewhat of a shame a stunning season will be remembered in that way.

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