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.