Sometimes a players performance doesnt quite sink in untila little bit after. Which is what Stephen Currys game against Dallas just did.The boxscore will say Curry had 31 points on 9-for-21 fromthe field, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range and nine assists in 43minutes in the Warriors 105-101 overtime win against the Mavericks. And thatscertainly a nice game.But it doesnt really capture the impact Curry had on thegame. Currys had big games before, but hes never had one like this where hetook over a game late and brought home a win for the Warriors.In short, it was the best game of Currys NBA career. Howcould it not be? Of the Warriors 15 overtime points, Curry had a hand in 13of them. He had six points and three assists in overtime, including aspoon-feed to David Lee with 31 seconds left, which put the Warriors up two andwas the games biggest basket.The only two points he wasnt in on were two meaninglessfree throws inside of 10 seconds. Other than that, heres how Currys overtimebasically went: bucket, assist, assist, two foul shots, assist, two foul shots.Truth be told, Curry did miss a shot in there and commit aturnover so it wasnt quite perfection.But Curry might have been even better at the end of regulation.In fact, after he tweaked his ankle with 8:07 remaining in the fourth quarteron a drive, he was by far the best player on the court and that includedDallas O.J. Mayo, who was doing some things of his own.Curry scored the teams last eight points in regulation, andthey were all must-haves. His jumper with six minutes left put the Warriors upone; His two foul shots with four-and-a-half minutes left tied the game at 84,and two more free throws 50 seconds later pulled Golden State withinone.His foul-line jumper put the Warriors up 90-88 with 1:57left.Taking Currys play back a little further, youll find thathe had a hand in 16 of the Warriors last 17 points of the fourth quarter 14points and an assist in the last eight-plus minutes.He also had two steals in the final eight minutes ofregulation.On top of all that, if you take a look at Currys oppositenumber, Darren Collison, youll find that he didnt play very well, to say theleast.Collison finished with seven points on 2-for-11 shooting,five assists and five turnovers in 38 minutes. Now, all of that wasnt Curry,of course, but some of it had to be.Which means in addition to making virtually every big playin the last 13 minutes of a big road win, Curry also shut down the opposingpoint guard.That would have to be Currys best-ever game as aWarrior.
OAKLAND -- Scratch Kevin Durant from the all-82 list, as the forward will miss his first game of the season Saturday night, when the Warriors play host to Brooklyn.
A left hand contusion, sustained in Thursday’s win over the Clippers, will keep Durant on the sideline, mostly for precautionary reasons. He likely will return to the lineup Monday night in Philadelphia, where the Warriors face the 76ers.
Durant injured his pinky finger after falling hard in the opening minutes against LA. He remained in the game for another nine minutes, leaving with 1:33 left in the quarter and retreating to the locker room with a member of the training staff.
X-rays were negative, and Durant returned to the game. He played 34 minutes, piling up 25 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, one block and a steal.
With Durant’s absence, every member of the Warriors has missed at least one game this season.
OAKLAND -- Mess with one Warrior, you mess with the entire organization.
That’s the message the Warriors sent out Friday in the wake of a Twitter beef between center JaVale McGee and TNT analyst Shaquille ONeal that began late Thursday night and carried into the wee hours Friday morning.
Coach Steve Kerr fired back at O’Neal, as did Warriors forward Kevin Durant. The Warriors, as a franchise, contacted O’Neal’s bosses.
Kerr spent a portion of his post-practice news conference Friday afternoon defending McGee from O’Neal’s relentless ridicule on the video segment “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Durant said O’Neal’s ongoing critiques are “childish,” adding that O’Neal was a great player with his own imperfections.
Prior to the comments by Durant and Kerr, though, it was confirmed by CSNBayArea.com that the Warriors contacted Turner Sports in hopes of getting TNT’s parent company to persuade O’Neal to curb the constant derision directed toward McGee because of its impact on his image and reputation.
The outreach was a direct response to a roughly two-minute segment Thursday night that was strictly limited to castigating McGee.
Upon getting wind of Durant’s comments, O’Neal turned to Twitter to tell Durant that McGee is a “bum” and to “mind yo business.”