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Steve Kerr: I'm going to put Steph Curry in a better position to get going

Steve Kerr: I'm going to put Steph Curry in a better position to get going

Steph Curry strugged on Sunday against the Cavs.

The reigning back-to-back MVP scored 15 points on 4-for-11 shooting. He recorded three rebounds, three assists, three steals and three turnovers.

Is Curry overthinking things?

"I think it's a combination of the entire process," Steve Kerr told reporters on Tuesday. "We're 32 games into this. He made a clear effort in training camp to defer to Kevin (Durant). He wanted to get Kevin comfortable. We're still learning as a coaching staff where to put pieces. What works, what doesn't. We've thrown out three or four things that we thought might work that haven't worked.

"I think Steph has probably had the biggest adjustment of all of our players with Kevin's arrival. I think if you look at it from a practical standpoint, he's doing great. His numbers are still fantastic ... but he also happens to be coming off the greatest shooting season in the history of mankind last year. So he has set the bar so high for himself that it's going to be a point of discussion.

"I think we can help him -- I can certainly put him in a better position to get going, which I will. We're still learning, we're still growing. I'm not the slightest bit concerned ... it's just part of our progression as a team."

Last season, Curry shot 45.4 percent from deep -- 43 percent on pull-ups (off the dribble) and 48.4 percent on catch and shoot triples. He made an NBA single-season record 402 3-pointers.

Curry averaged 30.1 points and 6.7 assists on 20.2 shots (11.2 3s) per game.

This year, Curry is shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc -- 29.3 percent on pull-ups and the same 48.4 percent clip on catch and shoot. He is on pace to make just under 312 3-pointers.

He is averaging 24.1 points and 5.8 assists on 16.8 shots (9.4 3s) per contest.

On Tuesday night, CSN Bay Area's Dave Feldman asked Curry about adjusting to playing with Durant.

"It's just different," Curry started. "You have to be purposeful about how we're playing and the things that we need to do game in and game out to be our best. And we're still learning those lessons -- myself individually, KD, all the other guys as well.

"Not worried about it all because we have such smart, high IQ guys, unselfish guys on our team that the best way for us to win will show itself and we'll make it happen."

Last season, Curry shot 46.2 percent from distance on the road and 44.5 percent at home.

This season, he is at 33.3 percent on the road and over 48 percent at Oracle Arena.

Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'

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Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'

For the third straight summer, Steve Kerr has had a shortened offseason to work with.

While he is working on things for the 2017-18 season, he's not trying to cram as much work into a short period of time. He's taking time to relax and enjoy the summer.

In an interview with The Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday, Kerr pulled back the curtain on how's spending the time before training camp starts.

“I’m on the phone, talking to Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat. It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden, I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room,” Kerr said.

What could Kerr and Myers possibly talk about every single day?

“We talk about players, talk about roles. We talked a lot about Nick Young and [Omri] Casspi before we signed those guys. Talked a lot about our center position. Bob and I talk every day, kind of the first thing in the morning we check in with each other, usually talk for a half hour. We’re really close. He just got back from a great vacation, in Italy,” Kerr said.

Kerr and the defending champion Warriors get back on the court Sept. 30 in a preseason tilt against the Nuggets in Oakland. Then they head to China to play the Timberwolves twice before returning to face the Kings at home on Oct. 13. Four days later, they raise a banner, get their rings and tip-off the regular season against the Rockets.

NBA opens investigation on Lakers' alleged tampering

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NBA opens investigation on Lakers' alleged tampering

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2017 – The following statement has been issued by Mike Bass, Executive Vice President, Communications:

"At the request of the Indiana Pacers, the NBA opened an investigation into alleged tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers. The independent investigation is being conducted by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. 

"The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing."

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