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Curry availability for Game 4 remains doubtful

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Curry availability for Game 4 remains doubtful

Golden State Warriors is unlikely to get a Stephen Curry boost against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their playoffs, says Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

“I would just say he’s doubtful but slowly and surely making progress,” Kerr said.

Curry has been out since Game 4 of the series against the Houston Rockets with a knee injury, and has returned to light practice sessions. He sprained his right MCL at the time as he slipped on a damp spot of the floor.

But thus far, the Warriors had exercised caution, easing him in on-court drills even though the team more than felt his absence in their 108-120 defeat at the hands of the Blazers.

So far, the Warriors lead the series by 2-1, but as playoffs go, they could not take anything for granted.

Kerr also insisted that Curry’s availability would depend on the player’s physical condition rather than the team’s needs.

“The trainers would have to tell me he’s good to go,” Kerr said. “Steph would have to say he’s good to go. And then we would have to figure out a plan from there.”

“He looked about like he looked yesterday, in terms of movement,” he added. “Conditioning is going to be an issue, but hopefully he can get more and more work in, and we’ll see how he comes up, in terms of a night of sleep coming off the workout.”

In the regular season, Curry had averaged at 30.1 points per game, but appeared in only two playoff games before his injury struck. The reigning MVP will then go through the team’s shootaround after which his status will be reevaluated.

Warriors step up Durant interest amidst Curry injury problem

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Warriors step up Durant interest amidst Curry injury problem

The Golden State Warriors have stepped up on their interest in signing on Kevin Durant as Stephen Curry’s took a sprain to his right knee.

It was a fortunate turn of events for the team when it was announced that Curry only had a grade 1 medial collateral ligament (MCL) after taking a particularly nasty fall against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA playoffs.

While there are plans to re-evaluate him in two-weeks, most believe that he could make a return earlier.

But his absence jeopardizes his team’s attempt to reclaim their place as champions. This appears to be the reason that the Warriors are now more determined than ever to chase for Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

This was not the first time that the Warriors have queried Durant’s availability, even if they risk changing a good portion of their 73-win roster and the team’s chemistry.

Curry’s injury problem appears to be the core of their issue. The Warriors needed a core that would hold together even if they did lose their best, even if there is a possibility of losing team chemistry in the process.

On the other hand, since it was added from reports that because Curry’s injury does not actually “changes anything” for the Warriors, the notion was merely that adding Durant will be worthwhile.

The Warriors also have the salary cap issue to address. The team is unlikely to sign Durant on with their current salary cap space. They would likely have to clear salary, perhaps getting rid of the combined $22 million that Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut will make next season.

They may also lose restricted free agents like Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli should they sign offer sheets with other teams before the Warriors could secure Durant. In a nutshell, signing on Durant would need a lot of things to be handled first, before the Warriors even consider the possibility of creating their “super team.”

Golden State Warriors route Houston Rockets in playoffs

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Golden State Warriors route Houston Rockets in playoffs

The Golden State Warriors marked their NBA playoffs opener with a bang, as the team does well to suppress the Houston Rockets by 104-78 albeit on home ground.

Reigning MVP Stephen Curry did Stephen Curry things in whatever time he had in the first half, as a tweaked ankle finally slow the baby-faced killer down.

He utterly flustered defensive Patrick Beverley. But as Jason Terry took his turn to stop Curry, Curry simply pulled up for long 3s and drove the baseline for reverse layups on the left side. He dribbled right through traffic in the paint late in the first half before double-pumping and beautifully spinning the ball off the glass.

But after scoring 24 points, he rested as the rest of his team completed the job.

“Right now I don’t see a scenario I would be out,” Curry said post-game. “Pain tolerance, all that stuff, I kind of know what I can deal with on the court.”

But the rest of the Warriors showed concern with the inclusion of Draymond Green, who helped himself to 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“You lose the MVP of the NBA it definitely changes your team,” Green said. “There’s some concern.”

Even as his status for the next return game seems uncertain, everything the Rocket threw at the Warriors: lineup-change, physical against curry and changing offense leaders were futile.

Rockets fans were even more disappointed as they saw their players bicker on the bench, and at one point, interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff had to go loud during one timeout before charting a play.

Houston trailed by a postseason franchise-record 27 points at halftime, but the locker room did not resemble a team that believed that their season was over. They just need to James Harden going despite his flopping.

Harden scored 17 points and did not even get a free throw attempt for a cold-shooting Houston, held to six field goals in the first quarter of the rematch from last year’s Western Conference finals, won by Golden State in five.

Golden State Warriors power through to 73rd win

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Golden State Warriors power through to 73rd win

The Golden State Warriors overpowers the Memphis Grizzlies to a 125-104 win to rewrite NBA history with a record 73 wins in the span of a regular season.

As the West Coast team surpassed the previous record of 72 set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in 1995-96, Stephen Curry also hits a new high by becoming the first NBA player to net more 400 three-pointers in a season as he improved to 402.

It is that much more impressive when you remember that the previous record of 286 was set by Curry himself.

“We love winning,” Curry said. “We love to compete and to push ourselves, and that’s what pushed us to the opportunity we had tonight, and hopefully we’ll continue this weekend when we get the playoffs started.”

The reigning MVP finished with 46 points with ten 3-pointers, in front of a delirious sellout crowd of 19,596 at the Oracle Arena.

Not a single seat was empty as the Warriors surpassed the Bulls’ mark in the history books, a record previously thought to be unbreakable. It was far from the NBA norm too; typically by the 82nd game of the regular season, post-season seed would have been set and the regulars are rested for the playoffs.

Even fans and supporters would be lackluster if they even show up at all.

But the atmosphere that night was far from it. The arena was filled with blue and gold colors as every home fan screamed their lungs out to cheer for their team and also for each of Curry’s 10 3-pointers.

“It’s a great way to finish off what was an amazing regular season,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who happened to be a reserve guard on that Bulls team.

“I just told our guys I never in a million years would have guessed that that record would ever be broken. I thought it was like [Joe] DiMaggio’s hit streak.”

Even without the 73rd win the Warriors were still magnificent in every way this season. They started the season with a 24-game win streak, and cut short the Spurs’ streak of being undefeated at home, beating them for the first time there since 1997.