The Warriors' loss to the Memphis Wednesday night left a lot to be desired, but it wasn't without its shining moments.
Insider Matt Steinmetz selects his top plays from every Warriors game. From the Grizzlies contest he identified two highlight-reel plays.
RECAP: Warriors fall to Memphis 110-92
With just over nine minutes remaining the the half and the Warriors trailing by two, Brandon Rush watched a Nate Robinson three pointer clang high off the iron. Rush was up to the bounce, as he skied over would-be rebounders to get the tip-in off glass and tie the game at 35.
Three minutes later, with just over six minutes in the half and the score knotted at 40, Rush secured a rebound and fed Stephen Curry for the outlet. Curry pushed the pace and let fly an alley-oop as he approached the three point line. Monta Ellis was there, skying on the other end to flush the two-handed dunk and give the Warriors momentum and the 42-40 lead.
Which are you crowning the play of the game?
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina’s national championship men’s basketball team will not visit the White House because of a scheduling conflict.
Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Saturday that Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams and the players were willing to go, and the university and White House tried “eight or nine” dates but none worked.
The Tar Heels, who beat Gonzaga in April to win their latest national title, visited the White House after their 2009 championship. The team was not invited when they won the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is no longer invited to the White House because of what the president called hesitation by the two-time NBA MVP in deciding whether to make the traditional trip by the NBA champions to Washington.
In response to President Trump revoking an invitation to the White House, the Warriors put out the following statement:
"While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.
In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization."
Trump posted the following tweet at 5:45am PT Saturday morning:
"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!" Trump wrote.