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Stephen Curry, Patrick Beverley get into scuffle in Game 1 of the playoffs

Patrick Beverley knew his job in the playoffs would be difficult. The Rockets point guard is tasked with guarding reigning league MVP Steph Curry. Even the league’s best defenders often fail to contain the Golden State point guard, who is averaging 30 points per game.

Not even six minutes into the first quarter of Saturday’s Game 1, things got chippy between Beverley and Curry. The two locked arms and exchanged shoves before Draymond Green intervened. Beverley and Curry both received technical fouls.

Beverley, who was Curry’s teammate on USA Basketball’s U19 team that won gold at the FIBA World Championships in Serbia in 2007, is a notoriously pesky defender. He has rustled up the likes of Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins. Now Curry can be added to that list.

Beverley checked out of the game towards the end of the second quarter. The crowd inside Oracle Arena has booed the point guard every time he’s touched the ball on Saturday.

Golden State currently has a 60-33 lead over Houston at halftime.

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Clippers’ Doc Rivers jokes about Warriors owner Joe Lacob comments: ‘Good to be smarter than everybody’

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers leaves the floor at the end of the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers leaves the floor at the end of the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers joked about Warriors owner Joe Lacob’s recent comments to the New York Times Magazine about the defending champions being “light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things.”

“Just good to be smarter than everybody, you know?” Rivers joked on the Dan Le Batard Show on Friday. “It’s nice. It’s a nice place to be.

“But listen, when you win, you can talk. You know what they say, ‘To the victor go the spoils,’ and so you know, they’re the champs. Listen, they won 73 games. They’re obviously doing something right. You know and so you can’t say much about it until you beat them…You know what, if we win it, I’m going to have all kinds of things to say just like Joe.”

Rivers laughed.

Asked about Stephen Curry being ahead of everyone else, Rivers joked: “It’s from the planning that Joe Lacob’s doing. Clearly.”

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Rockets’ Daryl Morey on possibly pulling off upset against Warriors in NBA playoffs: ‘We do have a solid chance’

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey thinks his team has what it takes to upset the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

“We do have a solid chance,” Morey told SportsTalk 790 on Thursday, adding that it would be hard to consider it a good chance.

“We’ve played good teams better (recently). We have players who are peaking at the right time. We have a team that’s shown that it can come together and play very high-level basketball, so we’re excited for the playoffs. We’re excited to take on what obviously will be a big challenge.”

The Warriors are coming off the best regular season in NBA history with a 73-9 record while the eighth-seeded Rockets finished 41-41.

The Warriors defeated the Rockets in five games in the Western Conference finals last season and more recently swept their three-game season series. Including the postseason, the Warriors have won 11 of their past 12 games against the Rockets.

“We were in a close game in Golden State, gave them one of their best games this year,” Morey said of the Warriors’ 123-110 win on Feb. 9.

“We feel like obviously this is going to be a very tough series. We can’t hide from that. We know they’re an unbelievable team. We know if it’s going to be a series that if we do manage to win will be close. It’s not like we’re going to win it going away or anything like that.”

Morey said he expected the Rockets’ coaching staff to come up with some new wrinkles on defense to guard Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors.

“We’re very hard to game plan for,” Morey said. “You don’t know what looks we’re going to throw at you.

“They call the NBA playoffs a chess series, so we have a lot of different chess pieces to throw at Golden State.”

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Charles Barkley guarantees Golden State Warriors will not repeat as NBA champions

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) and Draymond Green (23) begin to celebrate their National Basketball Association championship as they defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Draymond Green (23) begin to celebrate their National Basketball Association championship as they defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

TNT analyst Charles Barkley still doesn’t believe in the Warriors.

“I’m telling you right now, I’m guaranteeing the Warriors will not win the world championship,” Barkley told Ernie Johnson on Tuesday’s Inside the NBA.

Later in the show, the Hall of Fame player said, “If the Golden State Warriors win a championship, I will get on my knees and congratulate them. Because let me tell you something. Regardless of what y’all say, if you go back and actually look at the playoffs last year, they did not play one team that was healthy in the playoffs.”

Barkley did predict the Warriors would reach an NBA-record 73rd win Wednesday.

“Who are they playing?” Barkley asked.

Told it was the Memphis Grizzlies, Barkley replied, “Hey, the only thing good about Memphis is Beale Street.”

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NBA announces Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson should not have been called for last-second foul

SAN ANTONIO — The NBA announced Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both made incidental contact with Memphis’ Lance Stephenson, with referees correctly deciding not to call a last-second shooting foul on either player in the Warriors’ win Sunday.

A foul would have given Stephenson an opportunity for possible game-winning free throws. Instead, the Warriors came away with a 100-99 win for their 71st victory of the season.

Thompson’s contact with Stephenson did not affect the jump shot, with the Grizzlies player kicking out his leg to initiate the contact, according to the league.

The league assesses non-calls directly related to the outcome of possessions in the final two minutes of games within five points.

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Bill Walton has advice for Warriors assistant Luke Walton on considering head coaching jobs: ‘Just stay there’

Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton walks to the bench while playing against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton walks to the bench while playing against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Hall of Famer Bill Walton believes his son, Luke Walton, should remain with the Warriors even as their top assistant coach is sure to draw interest from teams this offseason regarding head coaching jobs.

“I want what’s best for Luke Walton,” Bill Walton told ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday. “I’m a Warrior of the Golden State. It doesn’t get any better than what he’s got right now ever in life, and money will not make that happen again. It’s there now. Head coaching jobs, they’re open for a reason, and what he’s got, just stay there.”

Luke Walton is in line to land a more lucrative position after having served as the Warriors’ interim head coach while the team began the season with a 39-4 record, including an NBA-record 24 wins before its first loss.

Steve Kerr received credit from the league for those games and has since returned from his leave of absence that was caused by complications from an offseason back surgery.

The Warriors were 64-6 at the time of Bill Walton’s comments about his 35-year-old son.

“It doesn’t ever get any better than what he’s doing right now,” Walton said. “When you’re 63 (years old), you know that. When you’re 35, 36, you’re saying, ‘Oh, this is just going to last forever.’ But then that inevitable crash, that inevitable fall. And then what Steph Curry is doing right now, money cannot buy that.

“I was on the Blazers. I made a huge mistake when I walked away there. I was on the Celtics. I could not sustain there. It was so fantastic at both those places.”

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 128-112 win against Portland Trail Blazers

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 128-112 win against the Portland Trail Blazers:

1. Steve Kerr has the utmost respect for Damian Lillard. Kerr made sure to head toward Lillard after the game, and the two had a pleasant conversation in which Kerr expressed admiration for the player even after he was held for 17 points. The gesture came after Lillard appeared annoyed by a comment Kerr made after the last meeting between the two teams. Kerr playfully gave a compliment in comparing Lillard to Stephen Curry. Lillard didn’t put up Curry-like numbers on this night, but there is a healthy respect he has for Kerr.

2. Andre Iguodala rolled his ankle and was limping afterward in the locker room. His status doesn’t look great for Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, and he could be out going forward depending on how the ankle heals. He sprained the left ankle while going after a loose ball and getting tangled up with Damian Lillard. That’s not a good development for the Warriors, given how they struggled with turnovers and flow in his absence. He had just returned to action the previous game after missing time with left hamstring tightness.

3. The Warriors can shoot the lights out. Major discovery on my part, I know. But every so often, Curry and Klay Thompson hammer this point home with 3-point shooting performances that are a sight to see. They combined for 15 3-pointers on this night.

4. Kerr’s messages are getting across. On an off day from practice, the team held a film session to address the turnovers issue. Voila, the Warriors matched a season low with eight of them one day later.

5. Portland can shoot with the Warriors, too. Even on a night they got blown out, they made 19 3-pointers to best the Warriors in that category and come within four of matching the NBA single-game record. If these two teams face off in the playoffs, expect some shootouts.