Stephen Curry and the Warriors tied their first-round playoff series with the Clippers at 2-2 with a dominant win Sunday. (AP photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Listen to the crowd at FedExForum react to Stephen Curry’s 40-foot shot that elicited shock and awe.
The Memphis Grizzlies were sunk after that and lost 100-84 to the Warriors as once again, Curry torched them from way downtown at the third quarter buzzer.
“It’s deflating for them in that it’s an ugly game, real physical and congested the whole team, and we were able to open it up with an 11-point lead.
“We’d like to have something to show for how well we were playing.”
The sequence that led to the shot shows why Curry has established himself as the frontrunner for MVP again. Yes, he’s shooting crazy shots and making them. But he also has a well-rounded game, as he collected one of his five steals to set up the shot.
The last time Curry was in the building, he threw up a 62-footer that also went in at the buzzer and killed any momentum the Grizzlies had. The Warriors went on to close them out in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.
“He has a knack for doing that in this building,” Klay Thompson said.
Stephen Curry was doing what Stephen Curry does in the Warriors’ preseason opener Monday night.
Curry is already in postseason form, as evidenced by this incredible play during the world champions’ 95-87 victory over Toronto. (The “world champions” part is fun to get used to, eh?)
Curry’s dazzling play begin with his behind-the-back pass to Klay Thompson, who dished inside to Draymond Green, who re-directed the ball to Curry in the corner. The reigning MVP cooly launches a 3-pointer and, while the ball is still in the air, Curry does a Larry Bird-esque celebration and reaches out to high-five teammate Andre Iguodala on the bench. A split second later, the ball lands where everyone figured it would — in the bottom of the net.
Man, did we miss Curry and the Warriors, or what?
Stephen Curry definitely got wind of comments made by Ty Lawson, the former Denver Nuggets point guard now with the Houston Rockets, about why the NBA MVP was so successful in the playoffs last year.
Lawson told Yahoo Sports earlier this week, “Steph Curry needed someone to go back at him. I thought Steph was just chillin’ on defense – and then going crazy on offense. He looked like he was just putting shots up and not working so much on the defensive end … he wasn’t really working at the other end.”
Curry just shook his head and smiled when asked about it Saturday.
“It’s funny,” he said. “That’s all I’ve got to say. It’s funny.”
Bay Area News Group columnists Tim Kawakami and Marcus Thompson II break down the Warriors’ thrilling overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
You can watch the video here.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) exchange some words in low tone toward the end of the fourth quarter of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Warriors 112-94. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
In case you have missed any of our around-the-clock Warriors-Cavaliers coverage, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a roundup of the latest and greatest on the cusp of Thursday night’s Game 1:
Tim Kawakami: This is all brand new to Warriors, but they’ll take it in six
The moms of Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes share their pre-Finals thoughts
How to beat the Warriors: Marcus Thompson draws it up
How to beat the Cavaliers: A Cleveland scribe draws it up
Dave Newhouse says Oakland deserves sports teams that show respect, loyalty
Curry says sorry, but he wants to be Akron’s favorite son
Mark Purdy: Warriors will embrace the physical against Cavs
Oakland and Cleveland, two cities with much in common
Here’s some of what is being said in Cleveland and elsewhere around the country as Game 1 approaches:
11 phrases every bandwagon Cavs fan should know
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on Cleveland’s ‘Elephant in the room’
Will Irving, Love injuries continue Cleveland’s sports injury curse?
NBA TV explores Oakland’s impressive basketball history
New York Times on how Steph Curry introduced bad rap to little Davidson
The Guardian on the coach who held Steph Curry scoreless
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) exchange some words at the end of the fourth quarter on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
Can’t get enough of the NBA Finals? You’ve come to the right place.
We’ll keep you updated on what others are writing and saying about the Warriors and Cavaliers as they battle for the Larry O’Brien Trophy beginning on Thursday in Oakland.
In case you missed it, here is a roundup of our latest NBA Finals stories:
* Believe it or not, LeBron James once played for Oakland.
* Our live feed during Game 1 on Thursday.
* Tim Kawakami on the two sides of Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
* Mark Purdy on how hard it is to root against LeBron James.
* The Warriors’ 105-year-old fan gets tickets to Game 1.
* Marcus Thompson lists 20 things casual fans need to know about this matchup.
Here are a few stories produced by the Cleveland-area press corps as well as some national stories focusing on the Cavaliers:
* Did you know that both LeBron James and Stephen Curry were born in the same Akron, Ohio hospital, 36 months apart?: Here are their birth certificates to prove it.
* Watch out, Warriors. LeBron says he’s playing the best basketball of his career: Is LeBron now unstoppable?
* Cavaliers coach David Blatt actually agreed to become a Warriors assistant coach before the season. Then the Cavaliers came calling. Blatt thanks Steve Kerr for letting him out of his deal.
* Matthew Dellavedova from Saint Mary’s loves to mix it up, says teammate Kyrie Irving: “When he first came, there was almost a fist fight every day in practice … It’s just that Australian blood” Watch: Irving talking about the scrappy Dellavedova
* If there’s one area where LeBron James is struggling it’s from beyond the arc. What can be done about LeBron’s long-distance woes?
* How bad of a season has it been for the Cavs’ Kevin Love? He’s out for the season, but it didn’t stop Love from re-aggravating his shoulder injury.
* A cynic might call it a helluva lie, but LeBron James says rookie Cavs coach David Blatt has had a helluva season.
The NBA unveiled the special jerseys to be worn by the ten teams playing on Christmas Day. They are short-sleeved and feature an enlarged team logo on the front.
Yes, the Warriors’ are yellow.
Despite the bad reviews from last year, which no doubt promoted the switch to the white sleeved jerseys this year, adidas put the Warriors back in yellow. But they won’t be alone.
“They’re cool,” point guard Stephen Curry said. “It’s nice to be playing on Christmas Day to showcase them off. Like I’ve said, as long as we shoot well and get the win, they look good.”
The Clippers, Lakers, Bulls, Heat, Thunder, Knicks, Nets, Rockets and Spurs will also join the sleeved-jersey gang.
Here are looks at the rest of them, plus the commercial featuring Stephen Curry (I like Brooklyn’s the most, hands down.)