Warriors’ McKinnie in the zone, doesn’t even see wide open Steph Curry

The Warriors beat the Grizzlies Monday, 117-101, thanks to a strong third quarter and swingman Alfonzo McKinnie’s continued rise in the Warriors’ rotation. McKinnie scored 14 points in 29 minutes on 6-9 shooting, including 2-3 from three-point land.

McKinnie was apparently in the zone. He didn’t come close to seeing a wide open Steph Curry on his three-point attempt to end the third quarter, which he drained. Here’s footage courtesy of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Curry threw his arms up in celebration, no doubt happy for his teammate. McKinnie made the team out of training camp and now he’s in the playing rotation for the reigning champs. And McKinnie is becoming more involved. He played his season high in minutes Monday.

But he had to make that shot. Curry is the best shooter in the NBA. McKinnie delivered, however, and only proved himself further to his teammates and coach Steve Kerr.

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Steph Curry on his favorite Draymond story: ‘The times him and coach Kerr get into it’

Warriors guard Stephen Curry appeared on The Bill Simmons Podcast for an in-depth interview covering a wide array of topics, including the sometimes volatile forward Draymond Green.

Simmons asked the three-time NBA Champion and two-time MVP for his favorite story involving Draymond. Curry pointed to the creative friction between Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr. According to Steph, the two ‘get into it’ during practice periodically.

“You’re inside practice, and you don’t know whose side to take. I guess they’re both right, or they’re both wrong,” Curry told Simmons.

He asked Curry what the two argue about.

“About a play call,” Curry said. “Or maybe something that coach Kerr has been thinking about for a couple games, about a tendency that we’ve been shading to and [Green’s] like ‘don’t over coach. We know what we’re doing.’ And coach is like, ‘well I know you know what you’re doing, but let me just help you along as I’m supposed to do and that’s what my job is to do, to point out things that could be important for us to win a championship.'”

The situation isn’t at all serious according to Curry, who sounds like he eats his favorite snack, popcorn, while the two go at it.

“The respect level between them two is at an all-time high, but they have their moments,” Curry told Simmons. “And it’s just amazing entertainment to watch.”

Curry didn’t mention Green’s emotional outburst toward Kerr during halftime of a 2016 game at Oklahoma City. Draymond was loud enough for ABC sideline reporter Lisa Salters to hear him from outside the locker room, and she reported the tirade, including some juicy details which can be found in this report by CBS Sports’ James Herbert.

The stress of that season has given way to two more Larry O’Brian Trophies, however, and Curry finds the dynamic between Kerr and Green entertaining. Green’s fire and competitiveness is one of the reasons Golden State is in the midst of a dynastic run, and winning’s the bottom line — for Curry, Green and of course Kerr as well.