Just 5:20 into Game 6 of the Warriors’ second-round NBA playoff series against the Rockets, Steph Curry was whistled for his second foul when he made contact with James Harden on a 3-point attempt.

With Kevin Durant out with a calf strain, the Warriors could not afford to have Curry get in early foul trouble again.

When Curry got back to the huddle, Kerr was blunt with the two-time MVP.

“He keeps it real with us,” Curry said of Kerr after the game. “There was a moment tonight where I had my second foul when I fouled James on the three, and I saw on the board that he had put Quinn in. Obviously, I had a reaction to that. I walk into the huddle and he keeps it real.

“He’s like, ‘How can I trust you to not get your third when you know how big this game is right now and you put yourself in a situation — a predicament to get your second foul? So, I got to make a decision.’ Put Quinn in. Quinn was ready. Obviously, I didn’t like it, but we have a strong relationship where he knows I’m not going to lose confidence in that moment, and whenever I get back on the floor, hopefully good things will happen.”

Happen, the good things certainly did.

Curry exploded for 33 second-half points to lead the Warriors to a 118-113 win and end the Rockets’ season. 

Great coaching by Kerr. 

There’s a reason he’s probably going to win another championship this season. 

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