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Stephen Curry wasn’t at his best, but Warriors win, Draymond Green got his point across

INDIANAPOLIS — Headed toward the locker room at the end of the first half, Stephen Curry listened as Draymond Green did the talking.

Green was in Curry’s ear after what should have been the Warriors’ final possession of the half involved the Golden State star having the ball stolen by Indiana’s Lance Stephenson and being turned into a Paul George dunk on the other end.

Earlier in the half, there was a play in which Curry didn’t go get the ball, and Green on his 24th birthday wanted to put a stop to it.

“I told him, ‘I don’t care if you turn the ball over 10 times. Go get the basketball because we’re going to live and die with you turning the basketball over. You’re going to make the right play more times than you turn the basketball over, so I don’t care if you turn it over.’

“I told him, ‘You are our guy. We live with you, so I don’t care if you turn it over. Go and get the basketball and make a play. We need you to make a play.’ We don’t want one turnover to turn into two or three turnovers because he didn’t go get the basketball and control the game.

“He’s still an up-and-coming point guard, great player. He’s going to continue to grow. One thing I like about him, he’s a superstar in this league, but he listens to anyone that has something to say that could better him. He listens. You have to respect that.”

Curry has built up high expectations for himself, but can’t be expected to carry the load each and every night for the Warriors, who are too talented a team for that to happen.

That’s why a win at Indiana with Klay Thompson hitting the game-winner and the bench with Steve Blake collecting six assists was big. On a night when Curry could have played better, his teammates picked him up.

“He showed composure the whole quarter to make the right play, take his time, and it paid off for us,” Curry said of Thompson, whom he said he’d owe dinner.

Thompson took the shot without hesitation and described it was a fairly simple play. Mark Jackson had drawn it up for Thompson to get the ball. Curry, who struggled in the fourth quarter, was able to get away with making some mistakes and the Warriors still getting the win.

That didn’t happen at Toronto and Curry making missteps, but it worked at Eastern Conference-leading Indiana with the Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd hungry for a comeback win.

Thompson’s shot silenced the crowd. Green did the talking in support of Curry. And the Warriors go into the final leg of their long road trip with positive vibes.

Diamond Leung

  • SurfCity

    Thanks Diamond.

  • Howard Benner

    They gutted this one out but the previous game they choked a six point lead into a loss @ Toronto. . .successful teams play clutch ball in he fourth quarter. The w’s have to learn to do this. . .grow some cajones already!

  • Grey Warden

    Curry almost lost this game for us. Those 3 turnovers in the 4th were pretty bad. Curry needs to go buy Thompson dinner for that save!

  • PBinAubWA

    Steph Curry is the face of the franchise, and I can’t think of a better face. He deserves a pass on this one…

  • playdefense

    Thanks for the write-up. It gives hope when we hear that someone said something to him. I wonder what MJax said to the guy after that quarter and the fourth quarter woes.

    To Grey, the turnovers are pretty unacceptable, but we have to give the guy a break. He nearly triple-doubled with his 8 boards, 7 assists. Klay saved the day, but again– as so many people have already said– would not have had that shot against the shorter defender, if Curry wasn’t also in the line-up and drawing attention.

    Quality win. Hoping for no let-down game. And hope that Curry watches the tape and figures out his TO issues. Whether it’s stepping to the ball or drawing a foul more when he’s getting harassed (to force the opponent to back off a bit), I think he’ll eventually get it. The guy’s already a stud and — so far– a quality citizen. Let’s not drive him out of town yet.

  • Howard Benner

    As much as I like Steve Blake perhaps the W’s should try to go after shaun Livingston next year in FA. . .

    The Nets don’t have the Bird rights to Livingston & the W’s could use their mid level exception to sign him. he is a fine all around player & is just as content distributing & playing defense & playing the complimentary role. . .He is younger & more dynamic, but not the outside shooter Blake is. But his defense can be an asset & create offensive opportunities. . .kinda like a poor man’s Michale Carter Williams ( hard to think of a rookie in a team tanking as an upper echelon player. . .)

  • Stan

    Blake is Jack without the hog. Curry is a very good player. Not a yet great. The greats you never worry they will play bad in the end game. Rick Barry had no problems with team killing turnovers,just one example. Curry is untradeable though..by far our best. Don’t get me wrong.

  • Howard Benner

    The W’s talk about going undefeated the rest of the regular season @ home.

    This team is good @ talking the talk. . .They need to convert that into walking the walk. . .hopefully looking back @ the season & the propensity for inconsistent effort & motivation will inspire them to play their best ball of the season. . .

  • Stan

    I caught Bazemore last night on TBS. Where was all that when he was here? Even the TBS announcers said “He didn’t play enough minutes for GS”. What I remember was..when he did,he didn’t do anything. Last night he had Jerking Noah energy,flying all over the court and playing solid D. He fooled me.

  • Howard Benner

    He was miscast as a backup point guard in Oakland. With the Fakers he’s playing starting wing; just running the court, not initiating play. Can’t believe Mark Jax missed so badly on that one. . .