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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Steph Curry seemingly responds to Chris Paul kicking him off court

Chris Paul and the Rockets say the reports of Stephen Curry being kicked off the Toyota Center court before Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals have been overblown, but Curry’s reaction seems to indicate there was more to it than the Houston side is letting on.

Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic reports that Warriors team manager Eric Housen booked some time from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Toyota Center court prior to Game 4 so Curry could work on his shot. When Paul found out about the practice session, he supposedly showed up and gave Curry the boot so he could work on his own shot — even after Curry offered to stick to one half of the court.

Paul and others with the Rockets have disputed that Curry was kicked off the court. Houston developmental coach Irv Roland told Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle on Saturday that there were no issues and that Paul and Curry even joked with one another.

“When we finally went out there, Stephen cracked a joked with Chris. Chris said ‘let him shoot.’ It wasn’t like it was a confrontation. ‘Let him shoot. Let him finish what he’s doing,’” Roland recalled. “We didn’t kick him off the court. We didn’t even say anything. I wanted to know how long he was shooting because I had Chris with Michael Frazier and James Harden coming right after Chris. I wanted to know how long he was going to be before James left the house.”

It certainly would not be a surprise if the media blew the story out of proportion, but how do you explain Curry’s reaction after the Warriors closed on the series with a win in Game 6 Friday night? As he made his way to the locker room following his 33-point explosion in the second half, Curry triumphantly said, “Kick me off the court again, boy!” Draymond Green got in on the fun by shouting, “Kick him off! Kick him off!”

There were more than a few heated moments during the series between Golden State and Houston, so perhaps Curry used whatever incident took place before Game 4 as motivation. Even if the situation did unfold the way the Rockets claim, Curry clearly held onto it.

Steph Curry appreciated shoutouts from LeBron, Wade

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry rebounded from one of the worst first halves of his career Friday night to lead the Golden State Warriors back to the Western Conference Finals, and it’s fair to say his peers weren’t surprised in the least.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both paid tribute to Curry after he scored 33 points, all in the second half, in his team’s 118-113 win.

Curry was grateful for the support from both players.

It wasn’t just the first half that gave Curry issues on Friday. He’s been shaky for large portions of the series. As James and Wade noted, however, he’s a champion, and he stepped up when his team needed him most.

Steph Curry not feeling extra burden with Kevin Durant out

Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors need to find a way to win one more game against the Houston Rockets without Kevin Durant, and naturally they will look to one of their other superstars to step up now that their hottest scorer is out. With that in mind, Stephen Curry insists he is not feeling any added pressure to produce.

While speaking with reporters in advance of Game 6 on Friday, Curry said he is not approaching things any differently without Durant than he would with him.

“I always feel like that, no matter what the situation is,” Curry said when asked if he feels a great weight on his shoulders. “That might manifest itself in different ways. It doesn’t mean you have to go out and shoot 30 or 40 times. It’s just being aggressive and doing what you need to do to help your team win. … I didn’t wake up today with extra weight on my shoulders or anything like that. I feel like that every single day.”

Durant has been easily Golden State’s best player in the postseason, as he’s averaging 33.2 points per game against the Rockets and 34.2 for the playoffs. Curry, on the other hand, has struggled in the series against Houston and hit just over 39 percent of his shots. He’s shooting 26.2 percent from three-point range.

While you can understand Curry’s point that he wants to play better regardless of Durant’s status, the difference is the Warriors may need him to play better now. We included him on our list of players who need to step up in the postseason for a reason, and Golden State needs him now more than ever.

8 players who need to step it up in the NBA playoffs

Ben Simmons

Three of the four NBA conference semifinal series are set to go at least six games, and it’s made for very exciting viewing for fans. It also means the stakes are high, and there’s little margin for error for players in each series. That’s especially true for key players, some of whom were huge parts of their organization’s regular season success but aren’t quite replicating it during this round of the playoffs.

Here is one player from each team still standing who needs to step it up if he wants to give his side the best possible chance of advancing.

Eric Bledsoe, Bucks

The Bucks are humming along just fine against the Boston Celtics, but some added firepower from Bledsoe could really seal their opponent’s fate. Bledsoe was a nice auxiliary option for Milwaukee during the regular season, and while not a great shooter, he shot a decent 33 percent in the regular season from three-point range. In the Eastern Conference semifinals, he’s gone just 4-of-16 — good for a .211 mark. His points per game have dropped as well, and the Celtics would probably struggle to overcome a steady game from him if the rest of Milwaukee’s weapons are firing, too.

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Steph Curry not blaming finger injury for poor Game 3

Stephen Curry

Steph Curry is not blaming his finger injury for a bad shooting night in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Curry went just 7-for-23 from the field and scored 17 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 126-121 defeat against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. There was some speculation that the finger he dislocated in a Game 2 win was bothering him.

Curry, who had his fingers taped on his left hand, was asked after the game whether the injury was a factor. He said no.

Fans don’t like hearing excuses from players, and Curry is not giving them that. For the series, he’s averaging 18.3 points per game on 36.5 percent shooting — hardly his best abilities.

Even if he is being bothered by his finger, you can’t really blame that for his botched dunk. He’s just off in general, but knowing him, he’ll get back on track.

Game 4 of the series will be on Monday in Houston with Golden State leading 2-1.

Steph Curry somehow misses dunk in final minute of Game 3 loss

Stephen Curry dunk

Steph Curry committed an absolutely embarrassing play at the end of the Golden State Warriors’ Game 3 loss to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday night.

Curry’s Warriors were down 126-121 in overtime with about 26 seconds left following a James Harden floater. Curry got the ball and dribbled up the court and had a clear path for a dunk that would have made it a 3-point game. There was just one problem — he got stuffed by the rim.

After Curry’s miss, the Warriors declined to foul and instead let the clock run out on a 5-point loss.

The blown dunk was a fitting end to an awful performance from Curry. He went 7/23 for 17 points in the defeat.

Game 4 will be on Monday in Houston with the Warriors leading 2-1 in the series.

Steph Curry suffers nasty finger injury in Game 2

Steph Curry finger injury

Steph Curry exited Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between his Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets in the first quarter after suffering a finger injury on Tuesday night.

Fewer than four minutes into the game, Curry walked off the court grabbing his left hand as the game went to a break. A close-up showed one of the fingers on his left hand bent awkwardly.

Curry’s injury was later reported to be a dislocated left middle finger.

Curry may have gotten hurt when he tried to intercept a pass in a steal attempt just prior to leaving the court. He appeared jammed his hand swiping at Clint Capela. He had his finger taped up and was ready to check back into the game about three minutes after sustaining the injury.

Curry had 18 points in the Warriors’ Game 1 win on Sunday.