Q&A with Stephen Curry

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Q&A with Stephen Curry

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is back in the Bay Area this week, working out at the teams downtown practice facility. Curry missed most of last season with an ankle injury, and the hope is that he can return to 100 percent for the 2012-13 season.

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After his 90-minute workout on Thursday, Curry sat down and talked with the media. Here are some excerpts of what he said:On how hes feeling:Curry: Im feeling great. I know Ive said it before but, being out since March, having surgery in April and my last two-and-a-half months of rehab, its been a good process and Im being patient with it. Right now, being able to doing a fullcourt workout and not having any soreness and tightness, its very optimistic where Im at. It can only get better because theres still five weeks till training camp.On whether theres anything he cant do right now:Curry: "Just playing five-on-five right now. Im just making sure when Im reacting, making cuts, especially on the defensive end that my ankle is responding in the right way. I know it will, but right now Im just taking each step. Ill probably give it a try (five-on-five) when guys come back before training camp."Training camp is a good time to get your rhythm back and get with the team, but I want to have some kind of playing time before I get into that situation. So, thats good for me, to go at least a week or two before (Oct. 3).On whether he has doubts hell be 100 percent by the start of the season:Curry: No, none at all. None at all. The whole point of having surgery when I did (April) and being patient with my rehab was so that on Oct.. 31 I wouldnt have restrictions or hesitancy about going out and playing. Thats whats going to happen.On the frustration of not knowing why he tweaked his ankle so much the past two years or whether he feels he knows why that happened:Curry: "I have a guess. It would be not giving it enough rest when I first started having the sprains, not giving it (enough time) when they were pretty serious sprains and trying to get back and play. That probably didnt bode well for longevity when it comes to going through a season. Like I said, with rehab youre trying to get it strong, trying to get your balance right. And during the season you dont have that much time. It might feel good, but the power and the strength and the balance isnt there to get you through those dynamic moments you have to do on the court. Thats probably why it started."Right now, my mindset is Im not worried about anything thats happened in the past. Weve taken every step to get myself in the right position coming into training camp this year. So Im not going to worry about why Ive had to endure a tough two years. Its just time to move forward.On what he thought of the Warriors offseason:Curry: They did a great job of getting some depth. The top to bottom of our roster looks good. We have veteran guys and young talent. Practices are going to be fun this year. We have depth at every position to really challenge each other in training camp. On paper were a playoff team so we have to figure out how to turn that into wins during the season and take advantage of the roster theyve put together.On what kind of style he thinks the Warriors will play this year: Curry: "I dont know. We still have some speed. Obviously without Monta (Ellis) its not as dynamic with that approach. But with (Andrew) Bogut and David Lee being such good passing big men and with myself, Klay Thompson and Jarrett coming in, well be able to space and work around Bogut and D.Lee in the post and attack the lanes."Were going to be a great shooting team. We dont want to fall in love with that, but we know well be able to do that well. We just have to have a balanced attack on feeding the post and using our size now that we have it."Defensively we have to keep working on on-ball defense and with the size we have, using our big men to anchor our defense down low. Weve got to keep them out of foul trouble and keep them on the floor.On where he sees the Warriors in the Western Conference playoff picture: Curry: Size-wise we match up with just about any team in the league. You dont have the questions of the small backcourt going into the season. I think we can be really good. If you look at the talent we have, there are guys who have established themselves in the league. I think we are a playoff team. Its easy to say that and you have to make it happen.Looking at the West its still tough. Some teams have shifted a little bit, but its still a tough conference to grab a playoff spot, but thats our goal, to figure out a way to get in there.

Draymond laughs at Jazz coach Quin Snyder: 'Like bro ... just chill'

Draymond laughs at Jazz coach Quin Snyder: 'Like bro ... just chill'

The Warriors left Utah with a 106-99 victory over the Jazz.

With 9.3 seconds remaining and the Warriors up by eight points, Kevin Durant was hit with a technical foul.

Draymond Green walked over to Durant and started laughing. Why?

"We were laughing at Quinn Snyder who kept calling timeouts," Draymond told reporters after the game. "Like bro, you're down 10 with six seconds left, it's kinda over my man."

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After Zaza Pachulia missed two free throws with the Warriors ahead by 11 and 1:05 remaining, the Jazz got the rebound and immediately called timeout.

After Draymond made one of two free throws with 49.4 seconds left to make it 104-94, Utah called another timeout.

After Steph Curry made a free throw to give the Warriors an eight-point lead with 9.3 seconds left, Quin Snyder used his final timeout.

Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald said: "Utah is gonna use another time out. Quin Snyder is just practicing game-ending situations."

Analyst Jim Barnett responded with: "Absolutely, that's what he's doing."

"Just let us go to the restaurant and have a good dinner; just chill," Draymond added. "That's what we were laughing at. Nothing about the tech ... that was funny. But that's all it was."
 

Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah

Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah

The Warriors smelled trouble from the moment they left Los Angeles for their overnight flight to Salt Lake City, where on Thursday night, precisely 20 hours after they disposed of the Clippers in LA, they would face the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz announced Wednesday that four players – including three starters – would be out with injuries.

Trap Game, eh? It’s not a clich√©, not in today’s NBA, where the schedule is both unforgiving and remorseless.

And then on Thursday morning the Warriors received information that a fourth Utah starter, leading scorer Gordon Hayward, also would not be available.

With one healthy Jazz starter greeting the hottest team in the league, the Warriors caught a slight whiff of Eau de Upset. Acutely aware they were facing a severely shorthanded squad the Warriors swallowed hard and went immediately for the blowout.

They failed. Though they would win their 16th of 17 games and run their record to 20-3 by silencing the Jazz, 106-99, the Warriors also got a reminder that severely patchwork teams tend to bring the fight.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Stephen Curry told reporters at Vivint Smart Home Arena, “but got a win.”

Oh, it was beautiful early. The Warriors running and gunning and smothering Utah, taking a 29-5 lead barely eight minutes into the game and holding a 65-46 advantage at the half. They were achieving their goal of quickly opening this gift of a game to allow their starters to watch most of the second half.

Rarely is it that easy under these circumstances, and this would not be an exception. When patchwork NBA teams accept that winning is not an option, they set about avoiding embarrassment.

With a 12-0 run in the middle of the third quarter, the Jazz cut the deficit to nine (73-64), and when the Warriors steadied themselves to go up 14 (80-66) with 2:45 left in the third, the Jazz fashioned a 13-4 run to narrow it to 84-79.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr blamed it on a “lack of focus,” which is a symptom of presuming victory.

“Our first quarter was great; we pushed the ball. Our defensive intensity was fantastic and then we let down,” Kerr said. “We started turning it over with some careless, purposeless plays. We didn’t really have an idea of what we were trying to accomplish and then some defensive mistakes like not getting out on their shooters, and they took advantage.”

Outscoring the Warriors 53-41 in the second half, the Jazz – playing without Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood and George Hill – made the vastly superior team sweat.

“They obviously played with a lot of energy,” said Curry, who scored a game-high 26 points. “They didn’t fold and we got a little stagnant on offense, it happens, but you just got to be able to finish the game out. The way we started gave us an opportunity to withstand their run and never really have the game out of hand.”

Kevin Durant ensured there would be no upset, performing the closeout with an 11-point fourth quarter. He scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half.

“Just tried to be aggressive,” Durant said. “I didn’t do a good job attacking throughout the game. I thought that was a good opportunity for me to attack. I got to the free throw line and that got me going. I got some dunks, a few cuts and Steph [Curry] helped me out as well.

“It was a weird game. It was a grind out game. We started off so well and then a three-pointer got them back in the game. They played physical later on the game and were able to take us out of our game a little bit, but we kept fighting and we got a good win on a back-to-back.”

In defeating the Jazz, the Warriors also held off two more formidable foes: fatigue and complacency. There are nights, and this was one of them, when the path to victory requires beating all three.