Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II

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Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II

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.After his 90-minute workout on Thursday, Curry sat down and talked with the media. Here are some excerpts of what he said (Part II):RELATED: Q&A with Stephen Curry (Part I): 100 healthy by opening day?
On being a father: Curry: "I love it. Love it. It definitely changes a lot of things, different pace. But me and my wife, its just a blessing to have (our daughter) be part of the family. Im trying to get some sleep here and there, but just enjoying it. Great timing to be around in the summer and be with the family and get ready for the season.On personal goals for the season: Curry: "For me, I have a great opportunity to be a vocal leader on the team, lead the charge of the point guards. Hopefully guys will respond to the things I say on the floor when I try to get everybody in the right spots, right situations."I want to be the coach on the floor, an extension of coach (Mark) Jackson. I never go into a season with stats on my mind. But I think, for me, to play my game and use my teammates the best ways I can to set them up. That would make me look good and everybody look good.On what specifically his workouts consist of this week:Curry: When I get onto the court, its an hour-and-a-half of lot of shots, a lot of moving, cutting and working out of sets, getting jump shots up. Ive been playing a lot of one-on-one, working on defensive positioning, sliding your feet and staying low with (teammates Kent Bazemore and Charles Jenkins)."Thats the part thats most beneficial while Im here, working out with our guys, pushing each other and playing in competitive situations, which I havent done since March. Feels good to be able to do that and feel healthy.More on personal goals: Curry: "Make the playoffs and whatever personal accolades come from that somebody is doing something well. If its me, whoever, doesnt matter as long as were relevant come the third week of April and not planning beach trips.On when his frustration reached its worst point: Curry: "Probably obviously the time I did it on March 10 against Dallas, when I played about four games straight and made a simple pivot move to change the ball from side to side and landed on somebodys foot and twisted it.The way that I hurt myself was frustrating. That was the point where I had gotten some momentum in the second half of the season and it stopped just like that."That was probably the toughest time and then after that I didnt play again.Just being patient for that first month, trying to get back and then getting to the point where we ran out of time.On possible contract extension weighing on his mind: Curry: "Its not. Thats my agent and (general manager) Bob (Myers) having a meeting, talking about it, and Ill make a decision once the details are out. Whether I get an extension or not Ive still got to play this year and be healthy. Thats my only goal, my only focus.It would be great to get that done. I want to be here in Golden State, be a part of the future were trying to build here. Its not like Im trying to skip out or do anything else. If they make a great offer, Im definitely going to take it.

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

OAKLAND -- It was with impeccable timing, for the Warriors and for Andre Iguodala, that he has spent recent weeks summoning all the best parts of his game.

He has been a disruptive force on defense, as usual, but at a time when the Warriors needed something extra at both ends of the court, he is providing an abundance of offensive electricity.

Iguodala came through once more on Sunday as the Warriors suffocated Memphis in the fourth quarter to take a 106-94 win at Oracle Arena. Though the team’s Sixth Man again scored at an efficient clip -- 20 points on eight shot attempts -- his ability to energize teammates from Stephen Curry to Draymond Green to Klay Thompson and beyond is no less significant.

“We feed off his energy when we see him get a rebound or get a steal, push up the court, make a crazy inside-out dribble and finish at the rim, knock down threes or play-make for other guys,” Curry said. “It’s fun to watch.”

Iguodala’s rise has coincided with the loss of Kevin Durant, the team’s leading scorer and someone who plays the same position. With Durant out, Iguodala has taken on additional playing time, which can be risky for someone in his 13th season.

“He’s been fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He looks incredibly athletic, bouncy and fresh. He’s a pro. The guy just knows how to take care of his body. He’s done a great job of stepping up in KD’s absence and recognizing what we need from him.”

The Warriors have played 13 games since Durant went down with a knee injury, and Iguodala has played in 11 of them, shooting 44 percent from deep and 61.8 percent overall. The man who shot 62.3 percent from the line in his first three seasons as a Warrior is at 70.1 percent this season. Leadership also is part of the package.

“I try to read (what’s needed) when I get into the game,” Iguodala said. “Try to bring that energy. And, more than anything, lead by example. Not say too much. Just show it.”

When Iguodala is sprinting up and down the court, rising and dunking on one end, stripping balls away on the other, the Warriors are appreciably better team. If the Curry-Durant-Green-Thompson foursome is the engine, Iguodala is the turbo boost.

“We’re a completely different team when he’s as aggressive as he’s been of late,” Green said. “When he’s moving the way he’s been moving -- he’s beating everybody down the floor -- it makes us a completely different team. “

Igoudala’s minutes have spiked, from 23 per game in November, to 26 in December, to 27 in January and February, to almost 29 in March.

“I don’t want to run his minutes up too much,” Kerr said. “But if he has to play a couple extra minutes while KD is out, then that’s fine.”

It’s fine with Iguodala and it’s paying off for the Warriors.

Iguodala hopes it pays off, literally, when he becomes a free agent in July.

Though free agents entering their 14th season don’t often command big money, he is making a very impressive audition for the Warriors or any team that might be interested in his services.

Iguodala has made it clear he’d prefer to stay in the Bay Area, and at this rate the Warriors may have to find the necessary coins to bring him back.

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- There was plenty of tension and more than a few pulse-stopping moments, but the Warriors found a way to win their seventh consecutive game.

The Warriors’ 106-94 victory Sunday over the admirably recalcitrant Memphis Grizzlies was a work in persistence and overcome moments in which the worst of their work was on full display before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

Klay Thompson scored 31 points to lead the offense. Stephen Curry had 21 points and a game-high 11 assists, Andre Iguodala had 20 and Matt Barnes finished with 10 as the Warriors evened the season series with the Grizzlies at 2-2.

The Warriors (59-14) fought off numerous Memphis rallies but turned up the defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Grizzlies to 13 points on 5-of-25 (20 percent) shooting over the final 12 minutes.

The Warriors offset 18 turnovers, giving the Grizzlies 16 point, by shooting 54.2 percent from the field.

Mike Conley scored 29 points to lead Memphis, which fell to 40-33.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As good as the Splash Brothers were, and they were superb, it was Iguodala’s play at both ends that made a major difference.

Iguodala’s line: 20 points (7-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, 4-of-5 from the line), a team-high-tying seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He played 32 minutes and was plus-9 for the game.

TURNING POINT

After the Grizzlies pulled into an 81-81 tie with 25.2 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 15-5 run to go up 96-86 on a 3-pointer by Curry with 4:57 remaining.

Memphis got no closer than nine in the final minutes.

INJURY UPDATE

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

Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol (L foot strain) was listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. F Chandler Parsons (L knee rehab) was listed as out. C Deyonta Davis and F Jarell Martin are on assignment with Iowa of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors travel Monday to Houston, where on Tuesday night they face the Rockets at Toyota Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.