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Steph Curry on idea of 400 threes: ‘It sounds ludicrous, and it sounds far-fetched, but I’m going to keep the same focus’

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after scoring in the foiurth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Warriors defeated the Wizards 134 to 121. 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 Rob Carr/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 03: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after scoring in the foiurth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Warriors defeated the Wizards 134 to 121. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

OAKLAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry extends his single-season record with every 3-pointer he makes for the rest of the season, and after passing 300, he is on pace to reach the 400 mark.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Curry said. “I’m going to say probably the exact same thing I said two years ago about 300. It sounds ludicrous, and it sounds far-fetched, but I’m going to keep the same focus in how I’ve been playing all year. And if it happens, that’d be amazing. But I’m not going out there chucking just to get to 400. That’s not a focus of mine at all. I’ve just got to continue to just play the way I’ve been playing.”

Curry has 301 3-pointers this season and averages 5.1 per game with 20 games left. He smashed his previous record of 286 last season.

“It’s pretty mind-boggling just the fact that he beat his own record and we’ve still got 20 games left,” backcourt mate Klay Thompson said. “He’s got 300. That’s insane. The man is single-handedly kind of changing the game with the way we see it….It motivates me. One day I want to get to 300.”

“I thought last year with Steph that was the ceiling, but obviously with his hard work, his dedication he proved everybody wrong. I couldn’t imagine hitting 300, so it’s pretty amazing.”

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Scottie Pippen would be fine with the Warriors not breaking the Bulls’ record

Hall of Fame player Scottie Pippen is following what the Warriors as they approach the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 regular season wins

“Just landed and I can’t believe the Lakers held on!” Pippen tweeted Sunday after the Warriors suffered an upset loss in Los Angeles. “You don’t see the Warriors miss that many from long range too often. But I’ll take it.”

Pippen noted that while the Bulls also suffered a loss to a bad team in March during the 1995-96 season, they lost by only a point to the Toronto Raptors.

The Warriors’ loss dropped their record to 55-6, which still remained one game ahead of the Bulls’ pace in a season when Pippen lead the team in assists and 3-pointers.

“Needless to say it will be an interesting last 21 games for the Warriors. 73 won’t come easy with three games against the Spurs,” Pippen tweeted.

Asked if he didn’t want the Warriors to break the record, Pippen tweeted, “They say records are made to be broken… but I’d be ok to see that one stand for awhile.”

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 112-95 loss to Los Angeles Lakers

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 112-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers:

1. The NBA schedule is a grind. The Warriors played a 12:30 p.m. after an off night in Los Angeles and appeared sluggish even against one of the worst teams in the league. Steve Kerr mentioned his usual line about how in the NBA, the other teams have talented millionaires, too. “We gave that speech, but it doesn’t always work,” Kerr said. The loss shows just how amazing the 55-6 record is and how the Warriors have avoided similar losses for much of the season.

2. The Splash Brothers struggled from 3-point range like they never have before. Stephen Curry made the first shot of the game and proceeded to miss his final 10 3-point attempts. Klay Thompson missed each of his eight attempts from beyond the arc. And that was the ballgame, as the Warriors didn’t have the firepower on this night to get back into the game.

3. The Warriors’ defense didn’t show up. D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson took advantage of turnovers and had their way. Backup Lakers point guard Marcelo Huertas looked unstoppable at times. Kobe Bryant in his final game against the Warriors showed off some vintage moves. That doesn’t usually happen when the Warriors clamp down on defense.

4. Andrew Bogut said he’s fine. He went to the locker room in the second quarter to address a left knee issue and after the game downplayed it. After all, he came back for the start of the second half. He said he simply collided with Julius Randle and just needed to ice the knee. That’s a big sigh of relief for the Warriors.

5. The Warriors respect Kobe Bryant. He said Curry thanked him for an inspirational career. Draymond Green struggled to come up with only one word to describe the career, calling him “legendary,” but adding that the word didn’t speak enough to Bryant’s competitiveness. Bryant even though his team won’t be going to the playoffs got the last laugh against the Warriors with the upset win.

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Warriors clinch playoff berth

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)

The Warriors, the team with the best record in the NBA, clinched a playoff berth Saturday.

By virtue of the Houston Rockets’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors were guaranteed a playoff spot while in the middle of their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Warriors became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth in February since the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988.

“I hadn’t thought of that,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game of earning a berth in February. “It would be pretty impressive with lots of games left to go, but we haven’t talked about it as a team. So it’d be a nice accomplishment, but it’s not anything we discuss.”

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Draymond Green’s mom has something to say to Warriors critics

imageLots of talk about the Warriors. Former players taking shots at their throne. Critics questioning their place in history.

Even point guard Stephen Curry is getting annoyed.

He isn’t alone. Mary Babers-Green, mother of All-Star Draymond Green, is getting annoyed by the criticism, too. She penned this letter, an exclusive to Bay Area News Group:

 

WHO ARE WE ALL WATCHING?

That’s right the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS! Last year was supposedly a fluke. Critics were talking, calling it luck, attributing Warriors success to other team’s injuries. But, as I was always told, a WIN IS A WIN. Whether it’s by 1 point or by 50, a win is a win. And in the case of the Warriors, a CHAMPIONSHIP IS A CHAMPIONSHIP! Every team that has hoisted the trophy has benefited from breaks. That’s always a part of being the last team standing. So whether all the opposing players are suited up or not, the Warriors did their job: they won.
*Leandro Barnosa voice* WE BE CHAMPIONSHIP

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Warriors amused by criticism from ex-players

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to the media at the team's practice facility in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to the media at the team’s practice facility in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Warriors confirmed Saturday that yes, they found recent comments from former NBA players who think the teams of old would have beaten Golden State to be amusing.

“They obviously want to get in the media and have their name heard again,” Warriors center Andrew Bogut said. “I just hope I’m not a bitter old man in my 50s and 60s. Every generation says the next generation is softer and slower and not as smart and not as physical. So I hope I’m not one of those guys that does that. It’s unfortunate. I respect all eras. Every era brought something different.

“When I’m on my couch with a beer open watching, I’ll respect everybody because I know what it takes to get to this league in whatever era you played in.”

It was Bogut who made it clear the Warriors were noticing comments coming from everyone from Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson to Cedric Ceballos and Wally Szczerbiak.

“It’s just funny to me. It’s just funny that you can ask anybody,” Bogut said. “You can ask 12th man on a championship team from 1965, and some journalist is going to print the article.

“To us, we don’t really care about it that much. It’s more just starting to get funny now because they’re just asking random people from random teams that didn’t even win championships. It’s like, ‘Alright, cool. Great opinion.’”

Even Stephen Jackson told ESPN  the “We Believe” Warriors would have beaten the current team. Steve Kerr, Jackson’s former teammate, smiled and said to take anything he said with a grain of salt.

“Every era is so different,” Kerr said. “The rules are different. The style of play is different. Would Wilt (Chamberlain) have been able to average 50 and 25 today with the rule changes? Probably not. But you can make an argument for every era. The 90s had dominant big men – Shaq (O’Neal) and (Hakeem) Olajuwon, (Patrick) Ewing and Rik Smits.

“But the rules have changed. It’s tougher to isolate. It’s tougher to post up. So you try to compare all this stuff, it’s pretty much impossible. So all that stuff, it’s meaningless, and it’s sort of amusing.”

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Warriors’ Draymond Green sneaks up on Stephen Curry again with water, ice

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)

MIAMI – Stephen Curry was the target of some ice Draymond Green tossed  at him right after he finished an interview with reporters on Wednesday.

“Unbelievable,” Curry said, smiling.

Green has poured water on the heads of his teammates throughout the season during television interviews after wins. He got Curry good on Monday in Atlanta during his interview with Warriors analyst Jim Barnett, prompting Curry to smile and exclaim, “Mother sucker!”

The video of Curry avoiding curse words was noticed by Curry’s family members.

“A hundred percent,” Curry said. “It started with my wife all the way down through the family. I didn’t see it coming. He always picks the coldest water in the arena. I don’t know how he does it. He’s getting really good at sneaking around, finding different angles even though I was looking out for him.

Curry smiled.

“I think JB just asked such a great question, I was in deep thought. I kind of blanked out.”

Curry took a piece of ice that Green had gotten him with and threw it no-look back toward the tunnel hoping to catch Green.

But Green had vanished by then, having gotten the best of his target again.