PORTLAND — Warriors star Stephen Curry had his nickname playfully besmirched by a fan at Portland, and the Trail Blazers made sure the sign that was held up was for all to see.
Appearing on the video scoreboard late in the game was the fan holding up a sign that read, “Steph is a girl name.”
By that point, Curry was well on his way to a night in which he racked up 33 points and 10 assists as the Warriors would capture their first division championship in 39 years.
WASHINGTON – Warriors guard Stephen Curry is scheduled to speak at the White House on Wednesday in support of the fight against malaria and could meet with President Obama.
Curry, whose team plays at Washington on Tuesday, for the past three seasons has donated three insecticide-treated mosquito nets for every 3-pointer he makes as part of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.
Curry traveled to Tanzania in 2013 as part of the campaign to assist in the distribution of 38,000 bed nets, which are designed to be cost-effective in helping families in sub-Saharan Africa avoid malaria infection.
Curry has been active with malaria issues since attending Davidson College, where his roommate, Bryant Barr, encouraged him to get involved.
The White House event will mark 10 years of American leadership in fighting malaria, according to the President’s Malaria Initiative, which was launched by George W. Bush in 2005 and expanded under the Obama administration.
Nothing But Nets’ Chris Helfrich said in a statement the White House would release a new strategy on malaria for the future.
Obama praised Curry in an interview with TNT last February.
“I gotta tell you, Curry is the best shooter I have ever seen,” Obama said. “I believe that.
“In terms of being able to, you know, off the dribble get his shot off from anywhere that fast, best I’ve ever seen.”
WASHINGTON – Warriors guard Stephen Curry was upgraded to probable that he will play Tuesday at Washington, with his availability being a game-time decision.
Curry said he was still feeling some discomfort in his sore right foot, but would play if he could go through warm-ups without favoring it.
“I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to do that, but we won’t know until tonight,” Curry said after participating in shootaround.
Curry said he would first consult with coaches and the training staff before deciding on risking further injury on a foot that he said didn’t get worse after practicing Monday.
“Obviously, we’re being honest in how you feel,” Curry said. “And knowing I don’t want to be out too long and lose rhythm and things like that, but not to put yourself in jeopardy of having a more serious injury if you go out and have to be compensating on the floor.
“We want to get back to our winning ways, and we’ve got a long road trip. We don’t want to wait too long without getting a taste of victory and get your momentum going.”
Curry sustained the injury Friday during a win against San Antonio and was forced to miss Sunday’s loss at Indiana.
NEW YORK – Warriors guard Klay Thompson admitted that he was “envious” of Stephen Curry and that when he thinks back to going down to his teammate in the Three-Point Contest, he’ll be “a little ticked.”
Thompson is that confident in his shot and was bothered he didn’t come through with a golden opportunity to top Curry at Barclays Center on Saturday.
And Thompson, who afterward tweeted Curry is the “greatest shooter in the history of the game,” wants his rematch in the contest.
“I’ll be back, and hopefully against Steph,” Thompson told reporters.” He got me this year, man, but I’m looking forward to getting him.”
MINNEAPOLIS – Warriors guard Klay Thompson will join Stephen Curry in the All-Star starting lineup Sunday in New York, according to coach Steve Kerr.
The decision to have Thompson start was made by Kerr, who by virtue of the Warriors’ top record in the Western Conference was appointed to coach the All-Star squad. Houston’s James Harden was also named a starter, as Kerr needed replacements for injured players Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin.
“I think it makes a lot of sense to start both Klay and Harden,” Kerr said. “They’re the two best shooting guards in the league this year I think, and they’ve both earned it.”
The Warriors will have two starters in the All-Star game for the first time since Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond were in the lineup in 1967.
“It’s an indication of how far we’ve come,” Kerr said.
Said Curry: “I think it’s kind of a cool deal to have Warriors representation and for Klay to start and have some fun.”
Kerr isn’t done making moves yet. He’ll have to make another decision on the lineup after New Orleans’ Anthony Davis announced he would forgo the All-Star game in order to rest his sprained shoulder.
NEW YORK – They hung banners of Stephen Curry outside of Madison Square Garden in advance of the All-Star game and his game against the Knicks.
They cheered him as lineups were announced. They crowded around him in the locker room after the Warriors’ 106-92 win Saturday.
New York loves it some Curry, and even though it shouldn’t have come to it, he put on a show in the end.
Curry hit five 3-pointers, one of which came while being fouled and two of them coming late in the game when the Warriors needed him most. He went 8 for 18 from the field, grabbed six rebounds and two steals.
Afterward, Curry spoke of championships expectations, of what the Warriors could have done better rather than basking in the spotlight.
“The way that it happened, we were helping them by turning the ball over, giving them open shots,” Curry said of the Knicks.
The game was too close for comfort for the Warriors, but they made the big plays in the end thanks to Curry.
That’s nothing unusual. It just can’t be consistently that way in the playoffs, and Curry knows it.
As part of the pre-game customary opposing coach fluff, Rick Carlisle was asked to assess the Warriors’ All-Star backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He laid it on thick.
“We’ve never seen better shooters than these guys ever in this game,” Carlisle said, among other glowing verbal bouquets.
Unfortunately for Carlisle, his words proved prophetic. Even after Dallas had their best first quarter of the season — 42 points — and held a 22-point lead at one early juncture, 40-18, you just had a feeling this was the kind of swat in the nose that would get the Splash Brothers going.
And oh, did they splash. The Warriors made 19 of 38 3-point attempts (50 percent), and Curry and Thompson made 14 of them on just 26 tries. Curry, of course, made 10 himself and was 6-for-7 in his 26-point third quarter. He had another corner three nullified by an Andrew Bogut foul. Everything about Curry’s big night is in the game story here.
So we’ve had two third quarters for the ages in less than a month, and speaking of which, how does James Harden win NBA Player of the Month over Thompson when Thompson won Player of the Week twice, had the individual game of the season so far and the quarter for all time? Guess the league has to spread some of the love around, but really now.