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Ty Lawson criticizes NBA MVP Stephen Curry's playoff defense
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Ty Lawson criticizes NBA MVP Stephen Curry's playoff defense
Thursday October 1st, 2015

Rockets point guard Ty Lawson said Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was “just chillin’ on defense” during the Western Conference Finals in an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Lawson came to Houston in a trade from the Nuggets in July after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence earlier that month, his second DUI arrest of the year.

Speaking to Yahoo Sports about his desire to help elevate a Rockets squad that lost to Curry’s Warriors in the Western Conference finals and returns James Harden, Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley, Lawson said he was excited to compete again in an NBA loaded with elite point guards.

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​“Steph Curry needed someone to go back at him,” Lawson told Yahoo Sports. “I thought Steph was just chillin’ on defense—and then going crazy on offense. He looked like he was just putting shots up and not working so much on the defensive end. He would just come down and hit three or four 3s. He can shoot when he’s got his legs under him.”

Lawson also said Curry “wasn’t really working at the other end.”

In 75 games with the Nuggets last season, Lawson averaged 15.2 points, 9.6 assist and 3.1 rebounds over 35.5 minutes.

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Curry, the league’s MVP who led the Warriors to an NBA Finals victory over the Cavaliers, averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game over 32.7 minutes.

 

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