Is Curry's Stock Rising for ROY Honors?

Is Curry's Stock Rising for ROY Honors?

Feb. 28, 2010

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Update at 3:30pm: TheWarriors are expected to sign 6-foot-6 forward Reggie Williams from theD-League, the team said this afternoon....Williams, averaging 26.4 points andshooting 57.6 percent from the field, should be signed on Tuesday.Williams, who plays for the Sioux Fall Skyforce, did not play against the Iowa Energy on Sunday...

Brandan Wright said the other day that he plans on playing in the Las Vegas Summer League in July.

Thats pretty unusual for someone who has been in the NBA as long as Wright, but then again hes been an unusual case. This is his third season although he will play zero games because of shoulder surgery and he remains an unknown commodity.

Wright has become the forgotten Warrior. Hes been banged up for a good chunk of his career and hes been glued to the bench other times.

When hes played, hes shown an ability to run the floor, score some without needing to have the ball, and even rebound a little. He shoots a high percentage and often plays with energy.

But facts are facts hes played soft and been injury prone.

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Yes, Ronny Turiaf played well against Detroit in Saturdays 95-88 win, but you cant tell me Andris Biedrins wasnt effective in his 16 minutes.

Biedrins might not have been as animated as Turiaf, but he did have seven rebounds, three assists and bucket before straining his groin in the third quarter.

The Warriors said theyll know more about that Monday.

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My man Bruce Jenkins at the Chronicle -- always a tremendous NBA read wrote Sunday that he thinks Stephen Curry takes home the hardware, when it comes to the Rookie of the Year.

My first thought was: I dont know.

Heres why When I was at All-Star Game in Dallas, I talked about Curry a lot with other writers, and specifically about Curry and Tyreke Evans. At the time, there was no sentiment for Curry even really being in the discussion.

It was more about whether or not Curry had surpassed Milwaukees Brandon Jennings for runner-up. Curry has certainly been playing very well, but its only been two weeks since All-Star weekend.

And the media makes the selection. Im not saying Curry cant win the Rookie of the Year, Im saying if he does, he will have made a big-time comeback.

--Matt Steinmetz

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San Jose Sharks fans may have just witnessed the end of an era

San Jose Sharks fans may have just witnessed the end of an era

Melodrama demands that San Jose’s exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs be portrayed as the very likely end of the Joe Thornton/Patrick Marleau Era.

It probably won’t work that way, and probably shouldn't as will be explained further down your reading, but when you get shoved out of the postseason in your own building, melancholy is the order of the day. Even if the melancholy isn’t for any player in particular, but for an entire era.

Nobody will blame Saturday’s 3-1 loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinal on bad luck (although Joe Pavelski going crossbar/post on the final power play of their season was close enough to it), or unjust officiating, or even lousy ice (though that was a fairly clear by-product for those who like their hockey a little less sticky). Edmonton took advantage of two critical Sharks errors 56 seconds apart in the second period, Oiler goaltender Cam Talbot cheated the gods multiple times when the Sharks weren’t vomiting up chances on their own, and young legs joined up with growing know-how to make this a just outcome.

But for Thornton and Marleau, a quick round of 30-on-1 interviews asking them if they thought their days in Finville Heights had finally come to an end were their mutual introduction to yet another unfulfilling offseason.

And a team whose core is among the league’s oldest was just exposed for that very flaw by a team that, in head coach Todd McLellan’s words, “Grew up, learned how to get into the playoffs, how to get a lead, how to play with it, and how to deal with a desperate team at the end of a game. Now we’ll see what they have to learn next.”

That learning will comes against the Anaheim Ducks, who are 15-0-3 in their last 18 games, including four straight against the Calgary Flames.

As for the rest of it, Edmonton earned its advancement without a big series, or even a single big game, from Connor McDavid. Rather, their difference makers were Talbot, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (whose work with Jordan Eberle and Milan Lucic against the Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski line was the defining matchup) Leon Draisaitl (after a rocky start), Oskar Klefbom (their best defenseman), Zack Kassian (who made the most of his 15 minutes of fame), and Drake Caggiula (whose promotion to the McDavid line at the expense of Patrick Maroon helped wake up Draisaitl).

Plus, McLellan finally got to deliver a rebuttal for his firing by the Sharks two years ago. He didn’t, of course, at least not where anyone could hear it, but the exploding fumigant of the 2015 season never sat right with him as the one who paid the full retail price. Now, with this result, he can let the NHL’s Stanley Cup media guide do the talking for him.

That, and having the team of the future, while San Jose is trying to sort out its past. This is a closing window, one which stayed open a very long time and actually pried itself back open a year ago for the run that took them to the Cup final, but it is now clear that they play at a pace the modern game has outrun. Thornton is still hugely important (he remained an impact player despite the leg injury that cost him Games 1 and 2), and there are no clear young replacements for the central group.

This is why all the melodramatic speculations about Thornton and Marleau in particular and perhaps the entire era ignore one central truth – there are not nearly enough replacements for a reboot, or even a course correction. They may be stuck as what they are – a group whose veterans are still their best players, playing a game that younger and faster players are likely to do better. The Pacific Division, being easily the thinnest of the four, may allow one more year of status quo, but while the day of reckoning has not yet arrived, the method is now clear.

And Edmonton, young, impetuous, sprightly and McLellanized Edmonton, has been the instrument of San Jose’s education.

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

While head coach Steve Kerr was unable to make Saturday's Game 3 due to an illness, the Warriors went out and took a 3-0 series lead over the Blazers. 

After the game, Steph Curry dedicated the win to Kerr by keeping the game ball for him. 

"Our coach is going through a lot right now physically and he told us this morning this is a situation where we need to rally and go out and win a game for him, but we felt like that," Curry said after the Warriors' 119-113 win. "The way that game had gone on we had to fight and do it for him. 

"The way that he said it was we had to win one for The Gipper, so shout out to coach Kerr." 

Curry led the Warriors with 34 points in Saturday's win.