Stephen Curry took a long time to shoot in Game 2. Will that change in Game 3?

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Stephen Curry shot horribly in Game 2 of the NBA Finals 2.

But, for a while, he didn’t shoot at all.

The Warriors guard attempted his first shot with 5:19 left in the first quarter, a long shot-less period for a player of his caliber.

Curry got to the free-throw line with 7:01 left in the opening period, but that’s still nearly five minutes before his first attempt of any kind.

Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert denied Curry the ball and guarded him well later in the game, though they didn’t have to do much to start. Curry rarely aggressively sought the ball nor aggressively attacked once he had it. By the time Curry took his first shot, Klay Thompson was already 4-for-6.

Taking six minutes and 41 seconds to hoist his first shot was his second-longest wait of the season:

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Game Minutes before first shot
05/11/2015 at MEM 8:30
06/07/2015 vs. CLE 6:41
03/02/2015 at BRK 5:45
12/30/2014 vs. PHI 5:24
10/29/2014 at SAC 4:31
05/13/2015 vs. MEM 4:27
01/13/2015 at UTA 4:10
03/27/2015 at MEM 4:09
01/25/2015 vs. BOS 4:01
04/13/2015 vs. MEM 3:54
11/08/2014 at HOU 3:51
03/08/2015 vs. LAC 3:39
11/26/2014 at ORL 3:37
12/16/2014 at MEM 3:34
12/27/2014 vs. MIN 3:21
02/06/2015 at ATL 3:19
04/02/2015 vs. PHO 3:16
03/31/2015 at LAC 3:16
01/07/2015 vs. IND 3:09
02/07/2015 at NYK 3:04
03/28/2015 at MIL 3:00
05/23/2015 at HOU 2:57
11/30/2014 at DET 2:54
02/20/2015 vs. SAS 2:47
01/21/2015 vs. HOU 2:47
04/25/2015 at NOP 2:36
11/09/2014 at PHO 2:33
11/11/2014 vs. SAS 2:32
03/20/2015 vs. NOP 2:29
03/18/2015 vs. ATL 2:27
03/11/2015 vs. DET 2:27
04/07/2015 at NOP 2:25
12/23/2014 at LAL 2:23
03/14/2015 vs. NYK 2:22
12/02/2014 vs. ORL 2:22
11/16/2014 at LAL 2:22
05/19/2015 vs. HOU 2:21
04/05/2015 at SAS 2:20
04/20/2015 vs. NOP 2:18
03/06/2015 vs. DAL 2:17
04/23/2015 at NOP 2:16
02/24/2015 at WAS 2:16
12/18/2014 vs. OKC 2:16
03/04/2015 vs. MIL 2:12
02/03/2015 at SAC 2:07
02/26/2015 at CLE 2:06
02/04/2015 vs. DAL 2:03
05/03/2015 vs. MEM 2:00
01/27/2015 vs. CHI 1:57
03/09/2015 at PHO 1:55
05/05/2015 vs. MEM 1:54
11/21/2014 vs. UTA 1:54
01/17/2015 at HOU 1:52
12/22/2014 vs. SAC 1:52
04/15/2015 vs. DEN 1:45
12/10/2014 vs. HOU 1:44
02/11/2015 at MIN 1:42
01/14/2015 vs. MIA 1:40
11/05/2014 vs. LAC 1:32
01/16/2015 at OKC 1:29
12/13/2014 at DAL 1:28
12/08/2014 at MIN 1:28
03/23/2015 vs. WAS 1:27
01/19/2015 vs. DEN 1:25
12/04/2014 vs. NOP 1:24
05/25/2015 at HOU 1:22
04/09/2015 vs. POR 1:17
11/01/2014 vs. LAL 1:16
11/28/2014 at CHO 1:14
03/21/2015 vs. UTA 1:11
12/06/2014 at CHI 1:10
01/30/2015 at UTA 1:09
12/25/2014 at LAC 1:08
04/18/2015 vs. NOP 1:06
11/02/2014 at POR 1:04
12/14/2014 at NOP 1:02
03/24/2015 at POR 1:00
06/04/2015 vs. CLE 0:55
11/25/2014 at MIA 0:48
11/23/2014 at OKC 0:46
02/27/2015 at TOR 0:45
01/09/2015 vs. CLE 0:45
01/05/2015 vs. OKC 0:45
05/21/2015 vs. HOU 0:44
04/11/2015 vs. MIN 0:44
01/23/2015 vs. SAC 0:41
11/13/2014 vs. BRK 0:39
03/01/2015 at BOS 0:38
01/02/2015 vs. TOR 0:38
04/04/2015 at DAL 0:37
05/09/2015 at MEM 0:32
05/15/2015 at MEM 0:20
05/27/2015 vs. HOU 0:19
02/09/2015 at PHI 0:19
01/31/2015 vs. PHO 0:17
03/16/2015 vs. LAL 0:16
11/15/2014 vs. CHO 0:14

The only time Curry took longer to hoist his first shot was Game 4 against the Grizzlies – when Curry scored 33 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including 4-of-9 on 3-pointers, to lead the Warriors to a win. So, there’s obviously no perfect correlation.

However, given Curry’s struggles throughout Game 2 – he shot 5-for-23, including 2-for-15 on 3-pointers – I wonder whether there’s something to this.

I’m not sure whether a delayed first shot was a cause or symptom. But I’m curious whether the Warriors will do anything to get Curry going earlier in Game 3 tonight.