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Curry Has Head Contusion Following Hard Fall, Returns To Game

May 25, 2015 10:03 PM

Stephen Curry hit the floor hard going up for a block defending Trevor Ariza.

Curry tumbled over Ariza and appeared to land on his shoulder and then his head banged hard against the floor.

Curry was face down on the floor for several minutes, but he was able to walk off the court and into the locker room on his own power.

The Golden State Warriors said Curry suffered a head contusion, but no injury to the shoulder. 

Curry passed the concussion protocol and returned to the game in the third quarter.

Bob Myers insisted to Ethan Sherwood Strauss that Curry didn't suffer a concussion.

"If he did, he wouldn't have played. That's pretty hard line," said Myers.

"It's all minor stuff compared to how it looked," said Curry.

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NBA Decides Against Moving Up Start Of Finals

May 25, 2015 5:36 PM

The NBA has decided not to move up the start date of The Finals.

With both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors potentially advancing with a four-game sweep, there could be an extended layoff between the end of the Conference Finals and the start of the Finals.

The Finals will begin on June 4th as scheduled.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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Curry Could Become First Player To Defeat Other Four All-NBA First Teamers In Playoffs

May 25, 2015 1:53 PM

Stephen Curry could become the first player in NBA history to defeat all four of his fellow All-NBA First Team members in the playoffs.

Curry and the Golden State Warriors swept Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, followed by a six-game series win over Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors are now one win away from defeating James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James are one win away from The Finals as well. This would also be first time in 30 years that the NBA's MVP faces the second- and third-place finishers. In 1985, Larry Bird faced second-placed Magic Johnson in The Finals after earlier meeting third-placed Moses Malone.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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NBA Considering Moving Up Finals To June 2nd If Both Series Are Sweeps

May 24, 2015 8:11 PM

The NBA is exploring the possibility of moving up the start of the NBA Finals to June 2nd if the Conference Finals both end in sweeps.

The Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 against the Houston Rockets, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are up 2-0 against the Atlanta Hawks before Game 3.

The Finals are scheduled to start on June 4th.

There are no scheduled events at either Oracle Arena or Quicken Loans Arena that would make changing the start date of the Finals problematic from a building perspective. But network TV scheduling, hotel inventory in both cities and international travel loom large as obstacles to changing the scheduled start date.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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Stephen Curry Has Highest Conference Finals PER Since Amar'e In 2005

May 24, 2015 2:57 PM

Stephen Curry has a PER of 39.3 in the 2015 Western Conference Finals after the first three games. Curry is averaging 35.7 points on 58.1 percent shooting from three (TS% of 77.5 percent), 4.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

Curry's PER is the highest in this round of the playoffs since Amar'e Stoudemire had a PER of 40.5 in the 2005 Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Stoudemire averaged 37.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game with a TS% of 61.1 percent.

The Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 against the Houston Rockets in the series.

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Harrison Barnes Received First Training With Jerry West Before Season

May 23, 2015 6:02 AM

Harrison Barnes called upon Jerry West to receive training during last offseason. Barnes grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant, whom West acquired with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I had seen him at summer league my rookie year (in 2012 after he was drafted seventh overall out of North Carolina), and I would just jokingly say to him, 'Look man, when are we going to get some work in?'" Barnes said. "And he would laugh and say, 'Yeah, we'll see about that.' The first summer goes by, and I'm calling and calling (West). He's busy. That's typical. So I'm like, 'OK, that's expected.'

"Then the next year goes by, and I say, 'Jerry, we still haven't gotten out on the court. What's going on? I'm trying to get some time with the Logo.' Then it keeps going on. And then the (2013-14) season was over, and he called me and said 'Look, you should come down to LA.' I said, 'I'm there, when do you want me to come?' He's like, 'How about next week?' We got a chance to work together, and it was great.

"I knew that Kobe learned a lot from Elgin Baylor and from Jerry West. I would watch (video of) Jerry, because he used to always say that his pull-up was unbelievable. No matter where he was on the court, he could always square up and get you a shot no matter what, so I looked up his clips after I heard that. I saw that kind of stuff, and obviously when I got drafted here I saw some more of his stuff. And then getting on the court with him? That was nuts.

"We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then he'd show up and put me through a workout. He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day. Who were the toughest players he guarded? Who were the tough players he went against? What was his mentality going into games? And then we just talked about life, about how he enjoyed LA, about my childhood, his childhood, all that type of stuff."

Barnes is averaging 11 points in the playoffs.

"I'm watching him become a more complete offensive player," West said. "An awful lot of it is his desire, and there's no reason he can't really take his game to another level. There's absolutely no reason he can't. I think he's come a long way … He wants to be great so badly. He's good now, and I think he has improved. But he can get a lot better, I think, as he continues to work on these things."

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Conference Finals Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-2)

May 23, 2015 12:30 AM

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are each up 2-0 in their Conference Finals' matchups against the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2)

Warriors: 113.8 / 110.1

Rockets: 109.6 / 109.0

Hawks: 98.6 / 98.4

Cavaliers:  107.5 / 108.2

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Warriors Have 4th Best Elo Rating In NBA History

May 22, 2015 5:41 PM

The Golden State Warriors have the fourth best composite Elo rating in NBA history.

Elo points depend only on the final score of each game and where it was played.

Elo ratings above 1800, which imply a team would be able to sustain at least a 67-15 record over the long term, are extremely rare. Only three teams have achieved them: the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (whose 1853 Elo rating from June 9, 1996, is the all-time record), the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls and the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. This year’s Golden State Warriors have a chance at an 1800-plus rating, depending on how the rest of the playoffs go.

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Alvin Gentry Wants Pelicans' Head Coaching Job

May 21, 2015 2:28 PM

Alvin Gentry has emerged as a leading candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans' head coaching job.

Gentry interviewed on Monday with Mickey Loomis and Dell Demps and he believes the opportunity to coach Anthony Davis would be career defining. 

''He's more than interested,'' the source said Thursday morning. "He really believes that this is a job that would certainly define him as a coach because of the opportunity that it creates.

"Certainly this is one of those jobs that you feel is probably as good as any job available right now, no question. Even if there were no other jobs, it would still be the best."

The Pelicans are seeking a replacement for Monty Williams and have also had interest in John Calipari and Tom Thibodeau.

Gentry is currently an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

John Reid/Times Picayune

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Kawhi, Draymond, Tony Allen, Jordan, Paul Headline All-Defensive Team

May 20, 2015 2:18 PM

Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Leonard, Green and Jordan are all on the First Team for the first time in their career.

On the All-Defensive Second Team are Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Bogut, John Wall and Tim Duncan.

Rudy Gobert headlined the list of players also receiving votes along with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley.

Leonard received 116 of 129 first team votes, followed by Green with 107 and Tony Allen with 88.

Bogut receives a $1.945 million bonus for being included on the Second Team.

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Stephen Curry Fined $5K By NBA For Flopping Violation In Game 1 Of WCF
Stephen Curry was fined $5,000 by the NBA for his flopping violation in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the league announced.

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Game 1 Of WCF On ESPN Up 38 Percent Compared To 2013
The Warriors and Rockets play in the sixth largest and 10th largest markets in the county.

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Kerr: Recent Championship Formula Has Been Three-Pointers, Great Defense
Steve Kerr was asked to offer his opinion on the fact that the four most frequent three-point shooting teams during the playoffs reached the conference finals.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Pelicans Granted Permission By Warriors To Interview Alvin Gentry
Alvin Gentry has been credited as playing a big role in the emergence of the Warriors' offense, described as blend of principles developed by Gregg Popovich and his own previously with the Phoenix Suns.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Stephen Curry On 62-Footer: We Practice Those Every Day
Stephen Curry made 25 from three-point territory in the series, while the Grizzlies made 24.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-6)
All four Conference Semifinals have played six games with the Warriors, Cavaliers and Hawks eliminating the Grizzlies, Bulls and Wizards, while the Clippers and Rockets will meet in Game 7.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-5)
All four Conference Semifinals have played five games with the Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers and Hawks holding three games to two series leads over the Grizzlies, Bulls, Rockets and Wizards respectively.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-4)
All four Conference Semifinals have played four games with the Cavaliers/Bulls, Hawks/Wizards and Warriors/Grizzlies tied at 2-2, and the Clippers holding a 3-1 series lead over the Rockets.

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Kerr Wants Curry To Trust Teammates While Freeing Him Up For Better Looks
Stephen Curry has combined over the past two losses to shoot 4-for-21 from 3-point range.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Marreese Speights Out At Least One Week With Strained Right Calf
The Warriors said Sunday that Marreese Speights had an MRI exam that showed a moderate strain.


Marreese Speights Leaves Game With Strained Calf
Marreese Speights left the game against the Memphis Grizzlies and did not return.

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Warriors Focusing On Turnovers, Impatience, Poor Ball Movement
Steve Kerr said it's futile to try to consistently beat defenders off the dribble and score in the lane, because the Grizzlies have too much size inside.

Jeff Faraudo/Mercury News

Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1, 2)
All four Conference Semifinals series are tied at 1-1 after the first two games.

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Grizzlies Strongly Considered Stephen Curry With No. 2 Pick, Couldn't Commit Without Workout
Stephen Curry's agent declined the Grizzlies' workout invitation in 2009.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Stephen Curry Finishes Ahead Of Harden, LeBron To Win MVP
Stephen Curry has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in what was more of a landslide than many expected.

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Stephen Curry To Be Named NBA's Most Valuable Player
Stephen Curry averaged 23.8 points per game (sixth in the league), 7.7 assists (sixth) and 2.04 steals (fourth).

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Mychal Thompson: Warriors Plan To Go Hard After Kevin Durant In 2016
Warriors plan on pursuing Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent in 2016, according to Klay Thompson's father.

Alex Torres/WarriorsWorld

Bob Myers Wins NBA Executive Of The Year
The Warriors finished the season with an NBA-best 67 wins.

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Warriors' San Francisco Arena Plans Meet New Opposition
The Warriors plan to build just 950 parking spaces for the project, 650 of which would serve the two office towers.

Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross/San Francisco Chronicle

Report: Referee Would Have Called Foul On Curry Shot If He Had Missed
Stephen Curry sent Game 3 into overtime with a game-tying three-pointer when Marreese Speights recovered Curry's previous attempt.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

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