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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 122-103 win against the Sacramento Kings

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) enjoy the view from the bench along with coach Bruce Faiser as their team plays the Sacramento Kings late in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. The Warriors beat the Kings 122-103. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) enjoy the view from the bench along with coach Bruce Faiser as their team plays the Sacramento Kings late in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. The Warriors beat the Kings 122-103. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Five things we learned from the Warriors’ 122-103 win against the Sacramento Kings:

1. Stephen Curry is banged up. He received treatment after the game and was walking around gingerly. He said it wasn’t his previously strained calf that was bothering him and told interim coach Luke Walton the same thing. Walton referred to the ailment as an “injury.” Curry was more vague. “The regular-season grind is upon me right now,” Curry said. “I’m just working through it.”

2. Steve Kerr wasn’t happy with the first half. Walton said that Kerr normally stays in the coach’s room during games and this case was compelled to speak with the team in the locker room about playing more like themselves rather than falling into the Kings’ trap. Kerr has been more active and is expected to join the team on its upcoming trip to Dallas and Houston.

3. The Warriors needed to close out on Omri Casspi. He was 13 for 18 from the field, hitting nine 3-pointers. It’s not often someone comes into Oracle Arena and out-shoots Curry, who did get the last laugh. Brandon Rush struggled and fouled out while drawing the assignment.

4. Steph vs. Seth was a fun match-up. The sight of his younger brother on the court brought out a moment where Stephen launched a deep 3-pointer and was visibly frustrated by the miss. “He let me know about it,” Stephen said of Seth. Playing against each other for the first time was a moment the family members in town for the holidays could enjoy.

5. Curry can heat up at any time. He went from scoreless to 17 points in a hurry in the final 3:16 of the first half. The heat check shots he took kept going in. The fans were thrilled to witness it. In an otherwise sloppy outing early on for the Warriors, there was Curry prettying it up. “It doesn’t surprise me,” Andrew Bogut said of the outburst. And to think for a while there, Curry was seen as slumping.

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Stephen Curry wishes Mark Jackson would’ve worded it differently, but knows ‘there was a compliment in there’

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) pauses during his shooting practice prior the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) pauses during his shooting practice prior the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he understood what former coach Mark Jackson meant when he said on the Christmas Day broadcast of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers that the reigning MVP has to a degree “hurt the game” in the way youth players are inspired to shoot from long distances.

“After I heard all of what he was talking about, I understand where he’s coming from – that being for the youth of today and how they watch us play or watch me in particular, and they want to go out and try to do the same thing,” Curry said Saturday. “It’s all about practice and routine and repetition that can help you get to that point, so you can’t skip that part of the process.

“I wish he would have phrased it just a little bit differently. I think I’m trying to inspire people to see the game differently in a positive way…I get what he was saying. There was a compliment in there. Knowing him personally, I think that’s what he meant.”

Jackson, who coached Curry and the Warriors until his firing following the 2013-14 season, is an ESPN broadcaster who made his point after it was noted Curry can hit 30-foot shots.

“Steph Curry’s great,” Jackson said. “Steph Curry’s the MVP. He’s a champion. Understand what I’m saying when I say this. To a degree, he’s hurt the game. And what I mean by that is I go into these high school gyms, I watch these kids, and the first thing they do is run to the 3-point line. You are not Steph Curry. Work on the other aspects of your game. People think that he’s just a knock-down shooter. That’s not why he’s the MVP. He’s a complete basketball player.”

“People are not looking at that. That didn’t filter down when we had Michael Jordan. It didn’t filter down when you saw Kobe Bryant’s incredible all-time great footwork. We don’t fall in love with the things that make ‘em great. We fall in the love with things that they do great.”

Jackson later responded to the ensuing criticism of his comments, tweeting, “Read the Quote!!! Stop Searching!!”

ESPN director of communications Ben Cafardo also tweeted, “Context. It’s important.”

Jackson’s comments did cause some criticism from Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who declined to address them but added, “Anything he says, you can take with a grain of salt, and you can quote me on that.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry expects to play against Sacramento Kings after suffering calf strain

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a 3-point basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a 3-point basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry expects to be able to play Monday against the Sacramento Kings after suffering a right calf strain earlier this week.

He walked without a limp on an off day Saturday while distributing boxes of food and basic essentials to families at Beebe Memorial Cathedral and repeatedly.

Curry briefly left the court in the second quarter of the Warriors’ win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day to get re-taped. He had suffered the injury two days earlier when the Utah Jazz’s Rodney Hood kneed him in the calf.

“Throughout the season, there’s going to be bumps and bruises you’ve got to deal with,” Curry said. “It sucks to have to leave the court during the game, coming back and that kind of stuff, but I had to get myself taken care of. I’ll be fine come Monday. I should be good.”

Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said after the win against the Cavaliers that Curry was schedule to receive treatment and that he would have not a problem resting the reigning MVP if more time was needed for the calf to heal.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry signs endorsement deal with Brita

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) pauses during his shooting practice prior the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) pauses during his shooting practice prior the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors guard Stephen Curry has signed a three-year deal with Brita to endorse the company’s water filtration products and drinking water, the company announced Friday.

“Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle,” Curry said in a statement. “Water is my drink.  I like that Brita makes tap water taste good, so you don’t need to spend money or waste plastic with bottled water.”

Brita general manager Ed Huber said Curry signing on marked an important time for those who have worked hard to get Americans to choose to drink water.

Stephen Curry is a role model to millions of children and adults around the world,” Huber said. “By deciding to work with Brita – and make no mistake, Stephen Curry could endorse any beverage he wants –he’s sending a powerful message that clean, clear water is the right choice for everyone in America.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry, rapper Drake make postgame run to In-N-Out together

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) pauses during his shooting practice prior the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) pauses during his shooting practice prior the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors guard Stephen Curry, his wife, Ayesha, and the rapper Drake were spotted getting food at In-N-Out in Alameda together after the team’s win against the Phoenix Suns.

Drake, who rapped about Curry in “0 to 100”, had sat in courtside seats at Oracle Arena and appeared on the video scoreboard to cheers and some boos two weeks after attending the Warriors’ game in Toronto.

“Y’all drake came to my job tonight with steph curry and ayesha curry,” one In-N-Out worker wrote on Instagram. “life altering moment.”

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Warriors 100, Grizzlies 84: Stephen Curry stuns Memphis again with buzzer beater

Stephen Curry and the Warriors tied their first-round playoff series with the Clippers at 2-2 with a dominant win Sunday. (AP photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

Stephen Curry and the Warriors tied their first-round playoff series with the Clippers at 2-2 with a dominant win Sunday. (AP photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Listen to the crowd at FedExForum react to Stephen Curry’s 40-foot shot that elicited shock and awe.

The Memphis Grizzlies were sunk after that and lost 100-84 to the Warriors as once again, Curry torched them from way downtown at the third quarter buzzer.

“It’s deflating for them in that it’s an ugly game, real physical and congested the whole team, and we were able to open it up with an 11-point lead.

“We’d like to have something to show for how well we were playing.”

The sequence that led to the shot shows why Curry has established himself as the frontrunner for MVP again. Yes, he’s shooting crazy shots and making them. But he also has a well-rounded game, as he collected one of his five steals to set up the shot.

The last time Curry was in the building, he threw up a 62-footer that also went in at the buzzer and killed any momentum the Grizzlies had. The Warriors went on to close them out in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

“He has a knack for doing that in this building,” Klay Thompson said.

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Video: Stephen Curry celebrates 3-pointer with bench … before his shot goes in

Stephen Curry was doing what Stephen Curry does in the Warriors’ preseason opener Monday night.

Curry is already in postseason form, as evidenced by this incredible play during the world champions’ 95-87 victory over Toronto. (The “world champions” part is fun to get used to, eh?)

Curry’s dazzling play begin with his behind-the-back pass to Klay Thompson, who dished inside to Draymond Green, who re-directed the ball to Curry in the corner. The reigning MVP cooly launches a 3-pointer and, while the ball is still in the air, Curry does a Larry Bird-esque celebration and reaches out to high-five teammate Andre Iguodala on the bench. A split second later, the ball lands where everyone figured it would — in the bottom of the net.

Man, did we miss Curry and the Warriors, or what?