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Warriors’ Leandro Barbosa, Justin Holiday came up with idea Steve Kerr used to seal win against Orlando

OAKLAND – Leandro Barbosa scored two points in the Warriors’ 98-97 win against Orlando on Tuesday. Justin Holiday did not play for a third consecutive game.

Yet both players made an unseen contribution to the team right after Stephen Curry hit the go-ahead 3-pointer.

With 2.2 seconds remaining and the Magic getting a shot to win the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr put Harrison Barnes into the game figuring it was best to have five like-sized players on defense. Golden State called timeout after seeing how Orlando was setting up the final play, and Barbosa made his move.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry, wife make remix to Drake’s ’0 to 100′

Hours after the Warriors’ Stephen Curry hit the game-winning shot against Orlando, his wife, Ayesha released a remix of Drake’s “0 to 100.”

Declaring herself “the real Chef Curry with the pot,” Ayesha’s music video features appearances by her husband and daughter in the kitchen. A cooking enthusiast with her own blog and olive oil label to promote, Ayesha Curry plays off of Drake’s ode to Stephen in this video:

 

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Warriors’ David Lee expected to miss at least another week due to hamstring

Four weeks after Warriors forward David Lee aggravated his strained left hamstring in his season debut, it was determined by the team after  being evaluated Tuesday that he was “making progress” and would be reevaluated in a week.

General manager Bob Myers told 95.7 The Game he didn’t confident while doing sprinting on the recent road trip, and so the team will dial it back for now.

The Warriors face New Orleans on Thursday before heading on the road to play Chicago on Saturday and Minnesota on Monday.

Lee has not returned to full practice since going down for a second time Nov. 5 in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He had originally hurt the hamstring late in a preseason game while looking to get in some conditioning work.

“I do think he’s getting closer,” Myers told the station.

Warriors 98, Magic 97: Way too early for MVP chants, but Curry making it hard to scold

With 1:38 to go in Tuesday night’s crazy, unlikely game, Stephen Curry went to the line for two free throws to tie the game — which, of course, he made. But while he was shooting, the “MVP, MVP” chant unexpectedly went up at Oracle Arena.

One’s first thought was, “Wow, this is way to early to be starting this. The Warriors are 17 games into an 82-game season.” But then Curry took it and put an exclamation point on the chant. He knocked home a game-winning 3-pointer (replete with a shake-and-bake move on Orlando’s Tobias Harris) with 2.2 seconds left to give the Warriors a miraculous 98-97 victory in a game in which they trailed the Magic by 9 with less than four minutes to go.

OK, go ahead, chant until we advise otherwise. Hey, if they stopped the season today, it’d probably would be pretty close to unanimous. Curry WOULD be the MVP. He’s the best long-range shooter in the game. He comes up big when it matters. He’s leading a team that’s 15-2 and won 10 straight. He’s averaging nearly 24 points and eight assists, he’s playing the best defense of his life, he’s shooting over 92 percent from the line, and to boot, he’s one of the league’s most model citizens. What more could anyone want?

Coach Steve Kerr showed some good rookie coaching chops by deciding not to call timeout when Draymond Green rebounded the ball with eight seconds to go and the Warriors down by two.

“I’ve always believed if you have individual brilliance, a guy like Steph Curry in the open floor, you let him go,” Kerr said. “I don’t particularly like to call timeouts, allow the other team to make substitutions and get their defense set. Everybody scouts every play you run these days. You come out, and they recognize it, the coaches are yelling right in front of their bench what’s happening. You get Steph Curry in the open floor … it’s a way better option.”

From Curry’s perspective, it was only right to make the final shot considering he missed two easier 3-point attempts in the final two minutes that might have salted the game away earlier.

“You don’t want to miss your last shot on the court,” he said. “The first two were kind of rushed, but I felt like I had enough space and I had my legs under me. You’re frustrated after that, but still, you want to see what the next opportunity might be. It definitely feels good to redeem yourself after missing two missing two chippies I wish I’d made.”

Curry said he wasn’t bothered at all by the sprained left ankle he suffered in Detroit on Sunday, even though he had his foot doused in a bucket of ice afterward. That was good news for a player who was listed as questionable going into the game. He wound up scoring 22 points, and Klay Thompson, who was also questionable with a quad contusion, also made big shots down the stretch and scored 20.

It wasn’t a pretty performance by any means for Golden State, but excusable after a grueling road trip. As Green said afterward, it was a bit of a trap game considering how easily the Warriors handled Orlando last week in Florida. The Magic came into Oakland emboldened by a win at Phoenix, and probably played their best game of the year. The Warriors might have played their worst, or at least one of their worst, but still mustered enough down the stretch to pull it out.

Hence, on Thursday, the Warriors can go for their 11th straight win on Thursday against New Orleans, which would tie the franchise record. These are heady times for an organization and a fan base that has suffered so much over the years. If they want to chant for their MVP, go for it.

Here’s the final game story.

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Warriors 104, Pistons 93: Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy, and how things have worked out for Golden State

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Warriors are on a nine-game winning streak and have the second-best record in the NBA. The win at Detroit also offered them a chance to consider how different things might have been had they missed on Steve Kerr.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy interviewed with the Warriors for their head coaching job in the offseason, and it was that discussion that pushed Kerr to get serious with Golden State after having considered New York.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry after X-rays negative on left ankle: ‘I should be fine’

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – An X ray examination of the left ankle Warriors guard Stephen Curry injured in Sunday’s 104-93 win at Detroit was negative.

Curry suffered what he said was a tweak of the ankle while going for a steal in the third quarter. He returned to play briefly before going to the locker room to ice it and undergo an examination, missing the final eight minutes of the game.

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