It's not at all an exaggeration to say that Stephen Curry takes the court every game with completely ridiculous expectations for performance -- that happens when you win two straight NBA MVP awards and shatter the record for threes in a season.
And here's the problem with exaggerated expectations: people exaggerate the significance of falling short.
Curry was given a chance to respond to the notion that he's having a down year during today's media session and, to me, his facial expressions said all you need to know about his thoughts on the matter (which is good because the volume on that video is sort of low):
Steph Curry on the sometimes jaded view of his 'down' season because of the ridiculous bar he sat last year pic.twitter.com/7e6T8J50R1— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 28, 2016
I totally agree that Curry can cut down on his careless turnovers and, yes, it's clear that he and coach Steve Kerr are still adjusting to the addition of Kevin Durant. But we're also not even halfway through the season, he's still having a season that would make some Hall of Famers jealous, and I'd be stunned if we're still lamenting his down season come playoff time.
So let's relax, enjoy tonight's game at home against the Toronto Raptors, and give Curry a chance to do some talking with his play on the court.
Oh, here's a picture to get you in the right frame of mind for the game (h/t Sleepy Freud for the artistic interpretation of tonight's matchup):