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Stephen Curry does not miss 3-pointers in practice (Video)

Stephen-Curry-3-pointersGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is arguably the best outside shooter in the NBA. He set the record for most 3-pointers made in a single season last year by draining 272 shots from beyond the arc. Curry is a career 44.5% 3-point shooter, which is a better percentage than some guys shoot from anywhere on the floor. And you know what they say — practice makes perfect.

[Related: Stephen Curry challenges Michigan star to 3-point contest]

In practice, Curry hits practically every single 3-pointer he attempts. Earlier this week, Warriors beat writer Marc Thompson posted a couple of videos of Curry raining 3-pointer after 3-pointer. Thompson had to film two separate videos before Curry finally missed a shot. For those of you counting at home, he made 23 in a row. Here are the rest of the shots:

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Stephen Curry mocks LeBron James for poor Game 3 performance

Stephen-Curry-daughterLeBron James had his worst game of the playoffs on Tuesday night, and the final score reflected his performance. The San Antonio Spurs dominated the Miami Heat on a night where LeBron managed to shoot only 7-for-21 from the floor, including 1-for-5 from three-point range. Miami played poorly all-around, particularly in the second half en route to an embarrassing 113-77 loss.

In the first half, James managed to score only four points. That seems impossible with the way he has been playing, but the Spurs were somehow able to completely shut him down. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry happened to be running the Sportscenter Twitter account during the game, and he decided to take a shot at LeBron.

Come on, bro. Cut the man some slack. He’s been carrying the Heat throughout most of the postseason, so I think we can give him one rough game. Plus, his team happens to still be playing while Curry’s is watching from home.

Curry was obviously just messing around. That doesn’t mean LeBron won’t use his Vine video and those Spurs fans partying like they won a title as motivation heading into Game 4.

H/T Reddit

Steph Curry gets Hebrew tattoo on wrist

Steph Curry tattooed

Steph Curry got his second tattoo (that we know of) and posted a Vine video on Thursday of him getting it done.

The Golden State Warriors guard got some ink on his inner right wrist. The tattoo is a message written in Hebrew.

Steph Curry Hebrew tattoo

According to LBS translator Sweet Howie T., the basic translation of the tattoo is, “love never fails,” which is what Curry seems to be saying in one part of the Vine video he posted. Sweet Howie T. also points out that “Love never fails” is a quote from 1 Corinthians 13:8 in the New Testament, which was a passage also cited during the funny church scene in “Wedding Crashers.”

Though most people think Curry is ink-free, the sharpshooter actually has another tattoo. He has the initials “TCC” and the number 30 on the inside of his left wrist.

According to an old Charlotte Observer story, TCC stands for “Trust Commitment Care” – a team motto at Davidson, while 30 is Curry’s uniform number.

You can see his TCC 30 tattoo and Vine video below:

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San Francisco mayor Ed Lee calls Stephen Curry ‘Steve Curry’ (Video)

Mayor LeeThe city of San Francisco celebrated the Golden State Warriors with “Golden State Warriors Day” on Tuesday, and they handed star player Stephen Curry a key to the city. The event was a nice tribute to the team after its successful season.

There was only one problem: mayor Ed Lee made a blunder when he misspoke and called Curry “Steve” instead of “Steph.”

“You know what they say: You give Steve Curry an inch, and he might take a Golden State a mile!” Lee said during his speech. “Just 25 years old, he has made it on Sports Illustrated. Cover. The first time a Warriors player has made that cover for his skill, for his talent, since 1980.”

Wearing a blue blazer and yellow tie to represent the team’s colors, Lee seemed in tune with the Warriors. Earlier in the rally, he recognized Curry for setting the record for most 3-pointers made in a season. He did butcher the name of rookie Festus Ezeli, but that’s a tough one. Lee got Curry’s name right both before and after the slip-up, so we won’t be too hard on him. At least he wasn’t nearly as bad as this politician when it came to butchering names. The scary thought is he now also has something in common with Metta World Peace.

H/T D Wizzle’s World via Deadspin

Metta World Peace thinks Steve Curry can be MVP

Stephen-Curry-WarriorsNow that the Los Angeles Lakers have been eliminated from the playoffs, Metta World Peace has spent a lot of time on Twitter providing analysis of the remaining NBA teams and players. On Wednesday night, World Peace made it a point to praise Stephen Curry following Curry’s 22-point performance in the Golden State Warriors’ Game 2 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

In fact, MWP even decided to give Curry a new nickname.

“I think Steve Curry is Top 10 in the NBA,” he wrote. “If he works on his defense, he will be MVP next year. LeBron (James) gets MVP because he is the best player on the best team. If Golden State improves and wins, Curry is a potential MVP for 2014.”

World Peace actually made some very solid points. Curry has been lighting up the playoffs. He led the Warriors to a series win over the Denver Nuggets by dropping 24.3 points per game. He scored a whopping 44 in a Game 1 loss to the Spurs and 22 on Wednesday night. And he’s only 25. I don’t know about 2014 MVP, but he’s certainly on the rise.

However, we should point out that his name is Steph Curry, and his first name is pronounced “Steffen,” not “Steven.” Warriors guard Jarrett Jack took the liberty of reminding everyone of that.

Jack just can’t stop assaulting World Peace, huh? First this ridiculous crossover at the end of the regular season and now he’s the name police. Give the man a break.

Gregg Popovich trying to soften up Stephen Curry, Warriors?

Gregg PopovichGregg Popovich is a very clever coach. He has won four NBA championships and keeps the San Antonio Spurs competitive regardless of personnel or injury. He is widely regarded as the top coach in the league, and his mental ability is a big reason why.

Take for instance what he did prior to the Spurs’ Western Conference semifinals playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

Pop was extremely praiseworthy of the Warriors when speaking about them before the series began.

“They’re a very good team. They play good ‘D’. They rebound. They’ve got great pace, great skill players, good role players, and Mark has given them a philosophy they’ve all bought into, and it’s one heck of a squad. So they’re in the second round for a reason,” Popovich said of Golden State, via KENS 5.

He also recently said watching Stephen Curry shoot was like watching Michael Jordan play. Curry had a humorous response Sunday when presented with the comment. He asked if Pop was drunk at the time.

Even though Popovich’s comment was made two weeks ago, you have to wonder if this isn’t part of a bigger strategy to soften up the Warriors before the series.

Phil Jackson was notorious for priming officials by complaining about a player’s questionable technique ahead of a playoff game. Is this much different? The strategy of praising and over-praising opponents is very much in line with what Bill Belichick does in football.

According to the Patriots’ rules for dealing with the media, that’s one of Belichick’s biggest strategies. Not only do you not give the opposing team “bulletin board material” if you’re busy praising them, but you can also disarm a competitor by complimenting them. Isn’t that exactly why Michael Jordan would take opponents out to dinner before games? Pop knows exactly what he’s doing.

Mark Jackson: Denver Nuggets sent ‘hitmen’ on Steph Curry

Mark Jackson complained after the Golden State Warriors’ 107-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night that Denver sent “hitmen” at his best player, Steph Curry.

“[They] tried to send ‘hitmen’ on Steph [Curry],” Jackson said after the game.

When asked to elaborate, Jackson did.

“There were some dirty plays earlier. It’s playoff basketball, that’s alright. We owe them. Make no mistake about it: we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball. Not trying to hurt anybody.”

Steph Curry Kenneth FariedDuring the first quarter with the Nuggets up 9-5, Curry was running down the lane as the Warriors were about to set up an offensive play. As he was going down the key, Kenneth Faried tried to trip him. Curry has been battling an ankle injury during the series, so one could argue he was being targeted in the foot.

Then in the second quarter, Kosta Koufos fouled Curry twice as he was trying to shoot a shot from the wing. Curry pushed Koufos back in response and pointed at the big man.

About two minutes later, Andrew Bogut stepped in as an enforcer and pushed Faried in the throat, likely as retaliation.

According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, the players disagreed on who’s targeting whom.

“They come out of nowhere, trying to throw elbows,” Curry said.

“They play dirty every night. They’ve targeted me,” said Faried.

Memo to Faried: you start it, Golden State will finish.

Game 6 on Thursday should be a fun one. Since it’s in Oakland, I would imagine it would be tougher for Nuggets players to get away with those plays in front of the opposing fans. I also expect the Warriors to close out the series.