5 takeaways from Warriors’ romp vs Bulls

The Warriors overwhelmed the visiting Bulls from the opening jump Friday and won their third straight game after losing to the Rockets in overtime a week ago. Klay Thompson hit three consecutive 3-pointers to start things off, and Chicago never had a chance, losing 146-109.

It was Thompson’s backcourt mate, Steph Curry, that hit a career milestone, however. Curry headlined the happenings from this last game of a homestand before the club travels to play Dallas on Sunday.

Steph Curry|Moving up the 3-point ladder

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Steph Curry moved past former NBA guard Jason Terry into third place in all-time 3-pointers made, going 5-11 from distance. He had 28 points in 27 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter.

His efficiency in this particular game is vintage Steph Curry, and it speaks to how he could already be on the heels of former NBA guards Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. They needed far more career games to eclipse 2,000 3-pointers made, according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

Curry continues to melt minds with his devastating impact on the court, all set up by his deadly 3-point shot that can be unfurled at any instant. If Curry stays on course, he’ll smash this record.

Warriors coach Kerr says Steph Curry is ‘the short Tim Duncan’

Turmoil surrounds the Golden State Warriors after the one-game suspension of Draymond Green for his emotional outburst directed at Kevin Durant, and coach Steve Kerr says superstar Steph Curry is the leader his team needs to get through these tough times. 

“He’s got the respect of everybody in the organization, on the team,” Steve Kerr told reporters Thursday per The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II. “He’s very wise. He brings us together. He’s a guy we count on to keep things rolling. I’ve said many times, Steph is the short Tim Duncan. Having played with Tim and having been through all kinds of stuff in San Antonio. (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) would tell you, we went through stuff back then — actually, Pop would not tell you — but we went through all kinds of stuff. When you have a guy like Tim Duncan, a guy like Steph Curry, it makes your whole world easier.”

Former NBA center Tim Duncan played 19 seasons as a professional, all with the Spurs, and won five NBA championships, along with three Finals MVP awards. He was as stoic as he was brilliant on the floor. 

Green’s verbal attack of Durant came at the end of Golden State’s overtime loss to the Clippers Monday, Nov. 12. Durant asked why Green didn’t give him the ball at the end of regulation with the score all tied up. Green, fresh off an embarrassing turnover that robbed his team of a potential game-winning shot, didn’t take kindly to Durant’s attitude. Here are some juicy details courtesy of Rob Perez and Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. 

It’s a good thing the Warriors have Curry. The longest tenured Warrior and two-time NBA MVP wasn’t in LA the night Green and Durant got into it, but he’s on the road with his team now. Steph’s status and demeanor should help diffuse the situation, and his presence on the road has already paid dividends. Green, Durant and new Warrior and notorious malcontent DeMarcus Cousins were spotted bonding on the bench during Golden State’s blowout loss at Houston on Thursday. 

Here’s footage of the four superstars, via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. 

The drama, unprecedented during the Warriors dynastic run, has come early in the 2018-19 season. Kerr has seen it all during his career as player and coach. He even reportedly got into a fight with Michael Jordan during his days with the Bulls, as recalled here by NBC Sports. That Kerr believes Curry’s presence alone can overcome the team’s internal strife speaks volumes. 

Waiting for the Replay: Cal breaks losing streak vs USC, Warriors win without Steph

The wheels of NCAA-style justice are turning. Cal is going for their first win against USC in 15 years, and they’ve just turned the ball over. Or have they? Cal quarterback Chase Garbers was getting bent over backward and robbed of the ball simultaneously, his knee grazing the LA grass. So who knows what’ll happen? Point is, I’ve got some time.

The last time Cal beat USC, Jeff Tedford was in charge and Aaron Rodgers was his quarterback. But Rodgers didn’t lead the Bears’ 34-31 overtime win over Matt Leinart’s No. 3 ranked Trojans. Backup Reggie Robertson relieved an injured Rodgers, and kicker Tyler Fredrickson hit the game-winning 38-yard boot. Fans poured onto the Memorial Stadium turf — it was Cal’s first home win against a top-5 team in 28 years.

“Some girl grabbed me at midfield and gave me the biggest French kiss of my life,” Fredrickson recalled, according to the East Bay Times and Jeff Faraudo. “I have no idea who she is.”

There have been no kisses since. Cal has lost 14 in a row. Five times the boys from Berkeley entered the game with a top-25 record, including a Rodgers-led No. 7 team in 2004, the year after Cal’s aforementioned miracle victory. Problem was, USC still had Leinart and was ranked No. 1.

It’s been misery since. Cal hasn’t been to the Rose Bowl since 1959. Beating the Trojans would be a good start.

This year’s edition of the Bears includes a stout defense, a freshmen quarterback and a depleted wide receiver unit. Chase Garbers has wrestled the QB job away from Brandon McIlwain, but the wide receiver position lacks depth, largely due to player transfers.

Coach Justin Wilcox’s defense held Washington State’s high-powered attack to just 19 points a week ago though, so there’s a chance for the Golden Bears. Fifteen years and there’s still optimism. Not bad.

Also not bad: The Golden State Warriors, even without Steph Curry. Curry missed Saturdays’ game against the Nets to rest a strained adductor (groin) muscle. The Warriors still waxed Brooklyn, 116-100.

Kevin Durant had a double-double with 28 points and 11 assists. Curry’s stand-in, guard Quinn Cook, notched a season-high 27 points. Klay Thompson added 24 points of his own.

The Nets came to town off an impressive win in Denver and lost some steam at the end of the game. But the Warriors were determined. They didn’t just lose Curry when on the floor last, but they also lost the game. The Bucks had their way on Golden State’s home court, scoring an astonishing 84 points in the paint on the way to a 134-111 victory.

Curry’s MRI came back negative, so he should be back soon. But the win was an important one for Golden State. They were able to shake off a terrible loss, and they did so without the leader, Curry, as well as forward Draymond Green, who was out with a toe injury. The Warriors have the firepower necessary to overcome the absence of a couple All-Stars, but a win in the NBA is no sure thing, especially when missing such vital players.

Coach Steve Kerr just hopes the team is healthy come playoff time, like last season. The Warriors are going for their third straight NBA title, and they’ll need all they’ve got to accomplish the feat.

We’re back to action at the LA Coliseum. They say Garbers indeed fumbled. It was weird, though.

USC looked to have clearly stripped the ball after long QB run, and the Trojans had picked the ball up and started running as the official’s whistle started blowing. If anything, whether the recovering USC player was down or not should have been reviewed. The call on the field was a fumble. There was zero reason for a whistle.

USC went down the field and scored a TD. It’s 14-0 Trojans at the half and Cal is barely hanging on. It may be Cal’s fifteenth loss in a row to the Trojans when it’s all said and done tonight. But hey, I’m always grateful for the extra time I’m often given thanks to the marvel of modern technology.

Update: Cal won.

It was a sudden switch of momentum that led to the comeback, starting with a Cal safety early in the third quarter. Vic Wharton III had a touchdown catch from Garbers, who also ran for a score. Cal’s defense held on for a 15-14 win.

No word on any postgame kisses. But you can kiss Cal’s losing streak to USC goodbye.

Steph Curry has MRI, will sit out Saturday vs Nets

Warriors guard Steph Curry suffered a strained adductor muscle Thursday against the Bucks and will not play Saturday against the Nets, according to NBC Sports Bay Area.

Curry isn’t expected to miss an extended amount of time, per NBC’s report. But second-year guard Quinn Cook will get the superstar’s minutes Saturday, per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

The former two-time NBA MVP’s current campaign is off to an incredible start, and he has some talking of another MVP run. He’s shooting 54 percent from the field, including 49 percent from three-point range according to Pro Basketball Reference. His ability to drive to the basket has continued to grow, even as Curry transitions into his 30’s.

Curry only played in 51 games a season ago, and he looked determined to have a better regular season as his team goes for its third straight NBA title. He’ll have to take what appears to be a short rest before he can resume his dominance. Until then, it’s up to Cook to shore up the starting lineup.

Warriors’ Curry injured, team plays with ‘mindless intent’ in loss to Bucks

The Warriors were humbled by the Bucks Thursday, losing at home 134-111, in a game that wasn’t even as close as the score would indicate.

Golden State was without defensive stalwart Draymond Green — not to mention guard Steph Curry, who left with an adductor strain in the third quarter and will undergo an MRI Friday, per ESPN — but coach Steve Kerr put the onus on players on the floor. He said the Warriors played with a ‘mindless intent’ according to 95.7 The Game’s John Dickinson.

Kerr mentioned that early foul trouble and poor shot selection got his team off course. The margin of error for the Warriors was smaller than usual — Milwaukee is one of the best teams in the NBA thus far. Led by long, lean and skilled forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks entered Thursday’s game with an 8-2 record, good for No. 2 in the Eastern Conference behind the Raptors.

The Celtics have been thought of as Golden State’s chief rival in the East, but the Bucks are fighting for that title. They won their second consecutive game at Oracle Arena Thursday. When they next meet, the Warriors intent will no doubt be more mindful. Hopefully, for Kerr, Curry, Green and the rest of the team will at full physical strength as well.

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.

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.