NBA Gameday: Curry brotherly love takes a hiatus for 48 minutes

NBA Gameday: Curry brotherly love takes a hiatus for 48 minutes

The Warriors will be without Andre Iguodala when they conclude their two-game road trip Tuesday night in Dallas with brother-against-brother competition in a game with playoff implications.

While Stephen Curry and the Warriors are chasing the No. 1 overall seed, younger brother Seth Curry and the Mavericks are simply hoping to slip into the postseason.

The Warriors (56-14) have rebounded from a stretch during which they lost five of seven to won their last four games, including a 111-95 bashing of the Thunder Monday night in Oklahoma City.

Though the Mavericks (30-39) have made considerable progress after going 9-23 over the first two months, they remain 2.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Zaza Pachulia & Co. vs. Dirk Nowitzki: Though he has missed 26 games with injuries or other reasons associated with being 38 years old, Nowitzki remains among the game’s most dangerous shooters. The 7-footer is playing center, sort of a stretch-5, which means Pachulia will be among several defenders, including Draymond Green, David West and maybe Matt Barnes. The clear upside for the Warriors is that Nowitzki is a profoundly ineffective defender.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) and F Andre Iguodala (L hip strain) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Mavericks: No injuries listed.

LAST 10

Warriors: 6-4. Mavericks: 6-4.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won the last five meetings, including the first two this season, and have prevailed in 12 of the last 13.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

WARRIORS ROTATIONS: Iguodala is among the NBA’s top sixth men. His absence creates a large vacuum, for he typically is the first player off the bench and the one who spends the most time with the starters, particularly in the fourth quarter of close games. This could mean more minutes for Shaun Livingston, who is slumping, as well as Barnes. It surely means a different look for the Warriors.

THE CURRYS: There will be moments when the two will square off, much as they did in their backyard while growing up. After stints with four other teams, Seth Curry appears to have found his NBA home. He has been crucial to the Mavs’ recovery this season; they’re 12-3 when he scores at least 18 points. This will not matter when he’s one-on-one with his big brother, who happens to be a two-time MVP. Brotherly love will take a 48-minute hiatus.

THE PACE GAME: The Warriors are a go-go team, the Mavs a go-slow bunch, ranking 29th in pace and dead last in made field goals. Dallas is the only team in the NBA averaging less than 100 points per game. The Mavs keep the turnovers low, but if the Warriors are able to own the glass (the Mavericks are last in rebounding), they should be able to punish Dallas in transition.

Steph Curry reveals favorite shot of his NBA career

Steph Curry reveals favorite shot of his NBA career

Following shootaround in Oklahoma City on Monday, Steph Curry was asked the following question:

"What's your favorite shot in your career?"

"That is an interesting question," Curry started. "Ummmmmmmmm (pause). That's a good question. Probably Game 5 of the first Finals (2015). The three I hit in the fourth quarter -- just because you know how big of a moment that is just trying to win a championship.

"Wouldn't seem like that spectacular but it was a cool moment."

In the fourth quarter, Curry scored 17 points and went 3 for 5 from 3-point territory.

His second triple -- a stepback from 27 feet on Matthew Dellavedova -- gave the Warriors a 96-86 lead with 2:44 remaining.

His third 3-pointer of the frame -- a 29 footer -- put Golden State on top 100-89 with 1:22 left.

It's unclear which shot is Curry's favorite.

Curry's shooting vs Bucks sends calming breeze through Oracle

Curry's shooting vs Bucks sends calming breeze through Oracle

OAKLAND -- The focus of this Warriors resurgence will be on the defense, as it should be, especially after they closed out a perfect week at home Saturday night by limiting the Bucks to 40.4-percent shooting.

But there was palpable relief with seeing Stephen Curry’s shots falling through the rim so cleanly the net barely noticed.

The defense, the Warriors know they can bring at any time. It’s their staple, the one basic element they can rely on times of strife.

But Curry’s offense Saturday night was the eye-opener. If the defense drove this 117-92 victory over Milwaukee, his shooting sent a gentle, relaxing breeze through Oracle Arena that dried those beads of sweat that had been collecting for weeks.

It wasn’t so much Curry’s 28 points but the sheer efficiency of it all: 9-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-4 from the line. It was the first game in three weeks in which Curry didn’t miss most of his 3-point shots.

With the sight of those shots going down, the team’s swagger, which took a massive tumble when Kevin Durant went down with an injury on Feb. 28, has materialized once again. That’s the magic of Hot Steph.

“Thank God I rested him last week,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked, referring to Curry being held out of the March 11 game at San Antonio.

“No, Steph was great. Without any sarcasm, getting through that stretch last week, we know, looking at the schedule it was going to be a tough stretch. We didn’t know Kevin was going to get hurt. But it was the double-whammy.”

Curry surely appeared refreshed. In three games at home this week he was 13-of-28 from beyond the ar.

In the seven games before this three-game homestand, for all practical purposes road games with a gruel travel schedule, Curry was 18-of-76 from deep.

Not that he ever wavered.

“Keep shooting,” Curry said. “That’s it, really. Can’t get discouraged by misses, can’t get too big-headed about good games. Keep pushing, keep your routine up and feed off your teammates’ energy. And keep the confidence.”

Curry made his first 3-ball, a 26-footer with 4:53 left in the first quarter. He missed his second and third attempts, then made his last four in a five in a row, including a buzzer-beater at the end of the first and a 33-footer in the final minute of the half.

“He’s going to make shots,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “You can be on him. He’s going to make them from halfcourt. He’s going to make some very tough shots . . . that’s just who he is.”

That’s not who he was for the better part of three weeks. Those days appear to have faded into history.

“I haven’t been worried about him at all,” teammate Andre Iguodala said. “I really look at his bounce, more than anything, the way he’s running and the way he’s shooting. The schedule is brutal; 82 games is a long time. That’s to be expected.”