Curry to defend Skills Challenge title


Curry to defend Skills Challenge title

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is all set to defend his Skills Challenge title during All-Star Weekend in Orlando.Hell go against a field that includes Clevelands Kyrie Irving, San Antonios Tony Parker, Washingtons John Wall, Oklahoma Citys Russell Westbrook, and New Jerseys Deron Williams.Curry will attempt to join Steve Nash, who won the event in 2005 and 2010, and Dwyane Wade in 2006 and 2007, as the only two-time winners.

The Skills Challenge will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Doc Rivers: Warriors' win over Clippers 'wasn't much of a game'

Doc Rivers: Warriors' win over Clippers 'wasn't much of a game'

About midway through the first quarter on Wednesday night, the Clippers led the Warriors 10-9.

At the end of the first frame, Golden State led 37-19.

"We set the tone early, just turning the ball over," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought they took us out of our stuff. We stopped trusting, and I really never thought we got our spirit back after the beginning."

In the first 12 minutes, the Clippers turned the ball over nine times and the Warriors turned the giveaways into eight points.

[RELATED: Mo Speights calls Clippers out for complaining to refs too much]

Blake Griffin alone coughed it up five times.

Despite the rough start, Los Angeles pulled to within seven points with a little over two minutes remaining in the second quarter.

"I mean Thank God for that second group that a couple times they kind of you know, kept us in the game I guess you would call it," Rivers said. "But other than that, it wasn't much of a game."

With the Warriors entering at 18-3 and the Clippers at 16-6, there was a lot of hype for the first of four matchups between the division rivals.

But Golden State knocked off Los Angeles for the seventh straight time.

"It happens," Rivers said. "You go into a game where you really want to do well, things don't go well for you and you lose it sometimes ... we just didn't play well."

Mo Speights calls Clippers out for complaining to refs too much

Mo Speights calls Clippers out for complaining to refs too much

The Warriors led the Clippers by 18 points after the first quarter on Wednesday night and cruised to a 115-98 victory.

Marreese Speights registered 15 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench for Los Angeles.

After the game, the former Warrior was asked what the difference is between the two teams.

“First we need to start really just leaving the refs alone,” Speights told the Orange County Register. “Guys just got to sacrifice, do some other things than scoring, do some other things than your personal goals. Just try something new.

“They’ve been doing it here for four or five years and it hasn’t been working, so it’s time to try something new.”

Speights played for Golden State the prior three seasons and averaged 10.4 points per game during the Warriors' 2014-15 championship run.

He has been trying to tell his new teammates what they need to do to get to the Warriors' level.

“Tonight, they see it, they see everything I say. Everything I say in practice since I’ve been here, they see it. That’s how they (the Warriors) play...

"Move the ball really well, they get everybody involved, they play good team defense. And they capitalize off our mistakes. We turned the ball over a lot in the first quarter and they capitalized."

The Clippers were called for three technical fouls -- one apiece for Chris Paul, Doc Rivers and Blake Griffin -- and trailed by as many as 27 points.

The Warriors have now won seven straight games against their Pacific Division rivals and hold a 3.5 game lead over the Clippers for the top spot in the Western Conference.

The teams don't square off again until Jan. 28.

Speights also provided insight into what the scouting report is when you face the Clippers.

“It’s always been, especially with the Warriors, you play against the Clippers, you hit them a couple of times and their spirit is going to be down. That’s what happened, so we’ve just got to find a way to get over that hump.”