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.
Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Klay Thompson were the Warriors named Thursday to the initial 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team roster, giving USA Basketball the opportunity to select them to compete at major international competitions.
The Warriors’ four players were the most representing an NBA team in the fluid pool of 28 players from which rosters for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain this summer and 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be chosen. No other NBA team had more than two players on the initial roster.
USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski previously coached Curry on the 2010 USA World Championship team that finished first in Turkey. Curry at age 22 averaged 4.6 points to help the Americans win gold, and Krzyzewski indicated the player’s game works well on an international stage.
“He’s one of the great players in the league,” said Krzyzewski, who coached Curry’s brother, Seth, at Duke. “One of the unique players in the fact that he can play both guard positions because he’s such a terrific scorer. But he’s an easy guy to play with. Guys love him. He’s definitely not afraid. He’s having a sensational year.”
Iguodala was one of 11 players returning from the 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, including two-time Olympic gold medalists Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Deron Williams. He was Curry’s teammate on the 2010 USA World Championship team.
Lee was previously named a member of the 2010-12 national team roster, but suffered a mallet finger injury during training camp in 2010 and was unable to continue his participation.
Thompson previously attended the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp in July and was a part of the 2012 USA Select Team that trained against the eventual Olympic gold medal team. He won a gold medal of his own playing for the 2009 USA U19 World Championship team.
Stephen Curry was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for April by the NBA on Friday. Curry is only the franchise’s third player ever to receive the honor. The other two: Hall of Famers Chris Mullin (twice) and Bernard King.
In eight April games, Curry averaged 25.4 points, 8.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.13 steals in 38.9 minutes. He made 36 from 3-point range this month, propelling him to the record for most 3-pointers in a season. He hit 20 of 39 from 3-point range the last three regular-season games (51.3 percent) to finish the season with 272 3-pointers, surpassing Ray Allen’s mark of 269.
Curry scored 20-or-more points in five consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career. That streak was punctuated by his 47-point, nine-assist performance in a loss at Staples Center on April 12, making him just the fourth Warrior since the team moved out west to score 45 or more on the road against the Lakers (Rick Barry, Guy Rodgers and Wilt Chamberlain were the other three).
It’s been 23 years since the Warriors had a player win Player of the Month award. Mullin won it in November of 1990 and January of 1989. King, recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, received it for January 1981.
The five Western Conference Players of the Month winners this season: Kevin Durant (twice), Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Kobe Bryant. New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony won the April honors for the Eastern Conference.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry won’t be headed to Orlando. He is skipping the All-Star Weekend festivities, including Saturday’s Skills Challenge, to rest his ailing right foot, which he injured in Wednesday’a win at Phoenix.
Young said the decision was much more precautionary and the strained tendon in his foot has nothing to do with the right ankle that’s already cost Curry nine games.
“Doctors told him he needs to stay off it as much as possible,” Young said in a phone interview Thursday. “He feels like it will be fine in three or four days. He’s very optimistic he will play in Indianapolis.” Continue Reading →
Tuesday’s 119-116 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder was a microcosm for the Warriors’ season thus far, as they failed to capitalize on a grand opportunity.
The Warriors got a career-high 48 points from guard Monta Ellis. Forward David Lee recorded his second-career triple-double (23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists). And the Warriors put a scare into the arguably the best team in the Western Conference.
But when it came down to the end, the Warriors did what it took to lose. Even at home.
Golden State turned it over six times in the fourth quarter. After shooting 59.7 percent through three quarters, they got jumper happy and went 7 for 18 in the fourth, including five missed 3-pointers and just six points in the paint. Ellis, down one with nine seconds left, wound up taking a contested 3-pointer.
“Our effort was there,” Ellis said. “We played them hard the whole game. It came down to one shot. … It was a great shot. Nothing you can do about it. It didn’t go down. It is what it is.”
CLEVELAND — He scored a game-high 29 points. He put up 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a shot clock-beating, nail-in-the-coffin 18-footer with 44.8 seconds left.
But the scoring star of the Warriors’ 105-95 victory here Tuesday night wasn’t who you might expect.
“It wasn’t my night,” guard Monta Ellis said. “It was David Lee’s.”
Ellis had one of his worst offensive performances of the season. He made just 2 of 12 from the field and finished with 10 points.
He left the game with 35.2 seconds left after taking an elbow to the nose from Cavaliers big man Anderson Varejao. With the game was already decided, Ellis didn’t return. X-rays were negative as he suffered just a cut.
With Ellis having an off night, and point guard Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) in street clothes for the seventh consecutive game, the Warriors (5-8) still managed enough offense to outscore the Cavaliers.
You can thank Lee, who also had nine rebounds as Golden State won back-to-back games road games for the first time since November 2010.
Tuesday night continued a torrid stretch for Lee. Over his last five games, Lee is averaging 24.6 points on 64.3 percent shooting. He’s also averaging 11.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.