The Stephen Curry who has dominated many teams in 2012-13 hasn't been that player in three games against the Kings this season.

Perhaps it has something to do with Kings coach Keith Smart, who coached the Warriors' point guard in his first two NBA seasons.

"I won't say that out loud or in print," Smart said. "I just thought our guys have done a great job of executing our coverages for that particular ballgame and those particular players."

The Kings will need more of that tonight in Oakland against the Warriors.

Since the All-Star break, Curry has been among the league's best players, averaging 26 points and seven assists. He wasn't named to the All-Star team, to the chagrin of Warriors fans, but has played like an All-Star all season.

But Curry's best moments this season haven't come against the Kings.

In three games, Curry is shooting 34 percent and averaging 19 points and 6.7 assists. Overall, he's averaging 22.5 points and 6.7 assists and shooting 44.8 percent.

Smart said staying healthy and a more mature approach on the court have helped Curry blossom.

"Once you get beyond, 'I need to be a leading scorer,' you probably become a pretty good scorer," Smart said.

The Kings will look to continue their trend of slowing Curry in their final game against the Warriors this season, but it won't be easy.

"Any guy that has the green light to do whatever he wants, that's probably the toughest cover," Kings guard Isaiah Thomas said. "He can shoot it from deep. He kind of makes plays and breaks plays when he wants to. That's a tough cover when you've got a guy that's given the keys to the offense."