Warriors 126, 76ers 86: Stephen Curry gets Steve Kerr’s message, says ‘we’ve got to be smart’ about showmanship

OAKLAND – For Stephen Curry, there was plenty of temptation in the past couple of games.

With the Warriors up big against the lowly Timberwoves and 76ers, there were plenty of opportunities for some razzle dazzle and the chance for Curry to display the swag that makes him a god among NBA fans and Vine video viewers alike.

But after hearing coach Steve Kerr criticize the team for its “tendency at times to want to put on a show instead of just making the right play,” Curry heard the message and said he was working to find that balance.

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Warriors 110, Timberwolves 97: Steve Kerr says ‘silly stuff,’ lack of discipline wont get team far in the playoffs

OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr after his team cruised to a 110-97 win against Minnesota chose the postgame press conference as the place to get something off his chest.

He criticized the carelessness and turnovers that he said he was “dumfounded by” and didn’t hesitate to name star guard Stephen Curry as one of the culprits.

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Warriors’ Rick Welts says he has ‘great relationship’ with Mark Jackson even after talk about Jason Collins comments

Warriors president Rick Welts is one member of the organization who is saying he had a “great relationship” with former coach Mark Jackson.

Welts, who is openly gay, told KQED Radio on Tuesday that their relationship remains that way even after he approached Jackson about comments the coach made last April after Jason Collins became the first NBA player to publicly come out as gay.

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Clippers 100, Warriors 86: Interpreting Draymond Green’s comments about Warriors being ‘too nice’

LOS ANGELES – Stephen Curry said the team wasn’t going to overreact, but one man’s overreaction is another man’s reaction.

For fiery Draymond Green, he was simply reacting and telling it like it is when he sat down dressed in a tank top and expressed how he felt the Warriors had been “too nice” to the Clippers.

Green didn’t mean the Warriors should have repeated a foul-filled Christmas Night game last year that led to multiple ejections and flagrant fouls.

“There was just no fire, ‘I don’t like you,’ ‘You don’t like me,’” Green said after the 100-86 loss Thursday. “But as far as that fire, that dog…”

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Warriors center Festus Ezeli to miss Christmas game against Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Warriors starting center Festus Ezeli will miss Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a sprained left ankle and is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Friday.

“Ankle’s really swollen,” Ezeli said. “I thought that I was going to have a chance to just push through it and play today. It’s kind of weird for me to be sitting out with an ankle sprain. I’ve never thought of that as a real injury, but it’s hard for me to even walk.”

Ezeli was injured in Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, and X rays were negative. The 6-foot-11 Ezeli missed all of last season recovering from knee surgery.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said either Marreese Speights or David Lee would start in Ezeli’s place as the they face Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who leads the NBA in rebounding.


Warriors’ Stephen Curry leads Western Conference in early All-Star balloting, Klay Thompson sixth among guards

Warriors guard Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference and second in the NBA to Cleveland’s LeBron James after the first returns of the league’s All-Star balloting were released Thursday.

The early results put Curry on track to start the All-Star Game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City alongside the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in the backcourt.

“It’s pretty humbling people are noticing around the world what’s going on here,” said Curry, who believe  the votes are a reflection of the team winning.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson was sixth in the voting among Western Conference guards as he also trailed Houston’s James Harden, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul and Dallas’ Rajon Rondo.

New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Memphis’ Marc Gasol lead in the Western Conference’s frontcourt voting.

Balloting concludes on Jan. 19.