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Mychal Thompson on Matthew Dellavedova: ‘That’s a joke to think he can stop Steph Curry’

Mychal Thompson, the father of Warriors guard Klay Thompson, thinks Stephen Curry was off on his shot and it wasn’t the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova who stopped the MVP.

“Dellavedova, he couldn’t stop Steph if Steph was asleep,” Mychal Thompson said on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts on Thursday before Game 4. “Steph is that good of an offensive player, that great of a shooter, that great of a ball-handler.

“So giving him credit for stopping Steph Curry, people who are doing that don’t understand that Steph Curry is one of those kind of guys – Kevin Durant, Kobe (Bryant) when Kobe was in his prime. There’s nothing you can do with guys like that. They’re going to score. You’re just trying to make things as difficult as possible for him. And Dellavedova’s scrapping, and he’s hustling. I give him credit for that. And he’s trying his little heart out. But no, come on. That’s a joke to think he can stop Steph Curry.”

After Dellavedova took over for Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup, Curry in Game 2 had the worst playoff shooting performance of his career before bouncing back in the fourth quarter of a Game 3 loss.

According to SportVU, Curry was 0 for 7 from the field while being defended by Dellavedova in Game 2. In Game 3, Curry was 3 for 9 from the field going up against Dellavedova, missing each of his six 2-point attempts.

“He’s a scrappy guy, man,” Mychal Thompson said of Dellavedova, the undrafted Saint Mary’s product who has turned into a sensation in the Finals.

“The way he’s playing Steph, he’s being physical. He’s grabbing, clutching. He’s just going after guys’ knees and stuff. Did you see him go after Draymond (Green’s) knees the other night, by the way? The league sort of didn’t notice that.”

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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) takes a 3-point shot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova (8) in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June  9, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) takes a 3-point shot against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova (8) in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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Warriors’ Marreese Speights moves on from missed dunk

CLEVELAND – The last time Warriors big man Marreese Speights saw the court, he blew a wide-open breakaway dunk to end the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors went on to lose the game to the Cavaliers in overtime, and Speights after the 0-for-3 shooting performance did not play in the Game 3 loss. He indicated Thursday, hours before Game 4, that he quickly moved on from the missed dunk.

“Why would it be in my head?” Speights asked. “I played five minutes. Yeah, I missed a dunk, but at the end of the day, it happens in this league. People don’t realize I was plus-four that game.

“My confidence is always high no matter what it is. Missed dunk, (if I) missed eight shots in a row, I still impact the game in a different way as in playing defense, boxing out my man or helping out on defense.”

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NBA Finals links: The buildup to a massive Game 4

If you missed any of the latest and greatest from Team BANG in Cleveland, here’s your catchup:

Tim Kawakami: David Lee to Warriors’ rescue? Of course!

Mark Purdy: Lack of NBA Finals experience hurting Warriors

Marcus Thompson: Warriors need Stephen Curry to take over this NBA Finals

Draymond Green says Warriors must raise intensity level

Warriors’ Bogut looks to take game to Dellavedova’s level

Dellavedova says he will be ‘ready to go’

 

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NBA Finals links: Sorting through the aftermath of Game 3

First, the biggest news coming out of Wednesday’s team availabilities:

Warriors’ Draymond Green suffering from back spasms

Despite fatigue, Dellavedova expected to play in Game 4

Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert has shoulder bruise

A collection of opinions about this series after Cleveland’s Game 3 win on Tuesday:

Mark Purdy: Warriors in mega-trouble after Game 3 loss

Tim Kawakami: Stephen Curry shows much-needed late spark

Marcus Thompson: Warriors need to match heart, hustle of Cavaliers

Chris Haynes: Eating crow on the issue of Delly

Bud Shaw: LeBron’s big minutes paying off big for Cavaliers

Terry Pluto: Gritty turns out pretty in Game 3 victory

Marla Ridenour: What LeBron James is doing is simply staggering

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson to play after getting kneed in Game 2: ‘It’s just a charley horse’

CLEVELAND – Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he was kneed in the thigh in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, but he will play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 on Tuesday.

“It’s just a charley horse,” said Thompson, who scored a team-high 34 points Sunday.

Thompson did not appear on the Warriors’ injury report released Monday before WKYC-TV reported he had a “noticeable limp” getting off the team bus after the team arrived in Cleveland.

A team spokesman said Monday after the report that Thompson was getting regular icing on his leg. Thompson before Game 3 downplayed the notion he was limping.

“As far as I know, everything’s fine,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

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NBA Finals links: What’s being said in the buildup to Game 3?

Here’s what they’re saying about the Warriors:

Warriors seek cure for ‘horrible’ offense

Tim Kawakami: If history repeats, Curry is about to get rolling

Mark Purdy: Tracing the LeBron James, Stephen Curry roots in Akron, Ohio

Settle down, Barkley says: Curry just had bad night against Dellavedova

 

Gotta love this: The NBA admitted its refs blew it at the end of Game 2

What the heck is this cryptic secret motivation that is driving LeBron?

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Here’s what they’re saying about the Cavaliers:

Can LeBron James sustain his play in the NBA Finals logging so many minutes?

Dellavedova on his plan for defending Curry: ‘Just try to make it as hard as possible’

Splash Brothers reluctant to credit Cavaliers’ defense for Warriors’ shooting woes

Could a Cavaliers win spark a revival for the city of Cleveland?

Bill Livingston: Final thoughts before Cavaliers host Warriors in NBA Finals Game 3