Steve Kerr compares Steph Curry to Ted Williams

Steve Kerr compares Steph Curry to Ted Williams

Programming note: Warriors-Grizzlies coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

On Wednesday night against the Blazers, Steph Curry registered 35 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

On Thursday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about Curry's year so far and how it compares to last year's unanimous MVP season.

"He's almost in a no-win situation after what he did last year," Kerr told Damon Bruce of 95.7 The Game. "The shooting season that he had was unprecedented. It was ridiculous."

Kerr then offered the following:

"I don't know what Ted Williams hit the year after he hit .406, but I know he didn't hit .400 that next year," Kerr said. "But I'll bet he had a pretty good year ... I like that analogy."

Last year, Curry averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 45.4 percent from deep.

This year, he's averaging 24.2 points, 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals, while shooting 46.6 percent overall and 40 percent from beyond the arc.

"In my mind, Steph is hitting about .352, which ordinarily would be the greatest year of anybody's life," Kerr added. "But it's not quite as good as last year, and so everybody is disappointed. It's kind of a strange dynamic."

In 1941, Ted Williams hit .406.

In 1942, he batted .356.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.