CLEVELAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry is expected to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in a potential championship clincher after recovering from dehydration, a team spokesman said Monday.
Curry traveled with the team to Cleveland and did not receive additional treatment for dehydration after taking in fluids to address lightheadedness following the Warriors’ win in Game 5 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.
Curry after scoring 37 points and conducting a press conference returned to the locker room for treatment after the game.
Mychal Thompson, the father of Warriors guard Klay Thompson, thinks Stephen Curry was off on his shot and it wasn’t the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova who stopped the MVP.
“Dellavedova, he couldn’t stop Steph if Steph was asleep,” Mychal Thompson said on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts on Thursday before Game 4. “Steph is that good of an offensive player, that great of a shooter, that great of a ball-handler.
“So giving him credit for stopping Steph Curry, people who are doing that don’t understand that Steph Curry is one of those kind of guys – Kevin Durant, Kobe (Bryant) when Kobe was in his prime. There’s nothing you can do with guys like that. They’re going to score. You’re just trying to make things as difficult as possible for him. And Dellavedova’s scrapping, and he’s hustling. I give him credit for that. And he’s trying his little heart out. But no, come on. That’s a joke to think he can stop Steph Curry.”
After Dellavedova took over for Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup, Curry in Game 2 had the worst playoff shooting performance of his career before bouncing back in the fourth quarter of a Game 3 loss.
“He’s a scrappy guy, man,” Mychal Thompson said of Dellavedova, the undrafted Saint Mary’s product who has turned into a sensation in the Finals.
“The way he’s playing Steph, he’s being physical. He’s grabbing, clutching. He’s just going after guys’ knees and stuff. Did you see him go after Draymond (Green’s) knees the other night, by the way? The league sort of didn’t notice that.”
CLEVELAND – The last time Warriors big man Marreese Speights saw the court, he blew a wide-open breakaway dunk to end the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors went on to lose the game to the Cavaliers in overtime, and Speights after the 0-for-3 shooting performance did not play in the Game 3 loss. He indicated Thursday, hours before Game 4, that he quickly moved on from the missed dunk.
“Why would it be in my head?” Speights asked. “I played five minutes. Yeah, I missed a dunk, but at the end of the day, it happens in this league. People don’t realize I was plus-four that game.
“My confidence is always high no matter what it is. Missed dunk, (if I) missed eight shots in a row, I still impact the game in a different way as in playing defense, boxing out my man or helping out on defense.”
LeBron James used to go out of his way to watch Stephen Curry play. And like he does now, Curry put on a show.
“I just kind of read upon his story from Day 1 how under-recruited he was,” James told reporters.
“I just thought he was special. I thought he was a special kid. I’m very good at noticing talent, and I thought he was special then. And obviously, he is now still.”
One time, James was playing at Charlotte made his way over to Davidson. Another time, he made the drive over to Detroit for an NCAA tournament game. Both times, he was caught on camera being blown away.
Here’s video from his trips to get his fix of Curry.