Warriors practicing crazy shots is part of the routine for Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Warriors in the Steve Kerr era are a loose bunch, and it starts with the coach.

After shootarounds, he can be found on the court attempting to drop-kick balls into the basket. From what media members have seen, he has never made one of those shots on camera.

“Every day, we’ve got music going,” Kerr said. “Guys are firing fullcourt shots. We’re warming up, and all I can think of is, if (Kerr’s college coach) Lute Olson could see our team warm up, he would think, ‘What are you doing?’ Like, there’s no discipline here.”

This is the kind of environment that enables a Stephen Curry to hit a shot from 62 feet away, a dagger that was the key to the Warriors closing out the Western Conference semifinals in Game 6 at Memphis.

Curry said he practices that shot daily. So do his teammates.

“You see balls just flying everywhere just because everyone’s throwing up crazy kind of just having fun, letting loose,” Curry said.

Said David Lee: “Every time we are doing warm-ups we are always throwing three-quarter shots and halfcourt shots and messing around during our stretching.”

Curry is accustomed to seeing them go in, and so is Marreese Speights, who’s proficient at hitting them too. Call it crazy, but that’s the Warriors. At times, they even get public relations officials and trainers involved in the fun.

“It was kind of only fitting that those shots paid off for a change,” Andre Iguodala said.


Grizzlies’ Tony Allen will miss game 5 of Western Conference semifinals against Warriors

OAKLAND – Memphis guard Tony Allen will not play in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Warriors on Wednesday due to a sore left hamstring.

“It’s been an ongoing thing for him since the end of the season,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. “It’s not going to get healed and healthy until the offseason.

“It definitely has an impact on Klay Thompson and who we have chasing him around.”

Allen tweaked the hamstring in Game 3 of the series after missing the Grizzlies’ last nine games of the regular season due to a left hamstring strain, according to Joerger. That stretch of games included a loss to the Warriors on April 13 when Thompson scored 37 in the first half on his way to a 42-point performance.

Jorger noted that Thompson hasn’t had a huge game in the series thanks to Allen. The Warriors over four games in the series have shot 9 for 29 from the field when guarded by Allen, who has averaged three steals per game.

For the Warriors, Marreese Speights (right calf strain) was ruled out from returning to action in the series by coach Steve Kerr.


Grizzlies’ Tony Allen ‘more hurt than people realize’ in playoff series against Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO – Memphis guard Tony Allen has a sore left hamstring and is a game-time decision for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday, according to coach Dave Joerger.

“If he wants to be out there, he’ll be ready to get out there,” Joerger said. “He’s been more hurt than I think people realize. He’s given us everything he’s got. The reason we’re tied in this series and the reason we have two wins is because of what he’s been doing just wreaking havoc defensively. It’s amazing. Without him, it would be very difficult.”

The Warriors over four games in the series have shot 9 for 29 from the field when guarded by Allen, who is assigned to Klay Thompson and has averaged three steals per game. Allen missed the Grizzlies’ last nine games of the regular season due to a left hamstring strain.

“We don’t want to talk about that too much, man, give away too much, man,” Allen said of the injury on 92.9FM ESPN last week after the Grizzlies’ win in Game 2.


Warriors’ Andrew Bogut undergoes X-rays on ribs and gets good news

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Warriors center Andrew Bogut underwent X rays on his ribs that were negative, according to the team after its 101-84 win against Memphis in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Bogut, who played 30 minutes, had suffered a rib fracture late last season that caused him to miss the playoffs. The Warriors couldn’t afford to lose him after Marreese Speights got injured in Game 3 and could be out for the rest of the series.

Speights wore an air cast over his calf and said he didn’t know if he would be able to return in the series. He said he felt a pop in his leg after scoring on a layup and that when he came back down he wasn’t able to put weight on it.

“What happened, I ain’t ever experienced this kind of injury before,” Speights said.

“It kind of felt weird, so I just go day by day. I can’t really look forward.”


Warriors’ Stephen Curry encouraged to ‘relax’ at Blues City Cafe after playoff losses to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Stephen Curry after back-to-back playoff losses and disappointing performances dined at a Beale Street institution after the Warriors’ loss in Game 3 to the Grizzlies.

Curry is 4 for 21 from 3-point range since being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player last week and was encouraged to go to Blues City Cafe after the 99-89 loss so he could “relax.”

“Come meet us here, and just relax,” Green said Sunday. “Everybody’s up in flames. Everybody wants to panic. Just come, sit, have dinner and relax. And it was good. We had a good time.”

Curry appeared in selfies taken from inside the restaurant, and Green said people outside were taking pictures through the windows.

Green said he had texted Curry and learned that he was doing nothing but sitting in his hotel room.

“Steph usually stays in the room, but me and (David Lee) were over there, and Festus (Ezeli) was over there getting some food,” Green said. “I just told him, ‘Yo, just come over here and relax, sit back, eat, talk, just kick back.’ It was cool.”