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Report: Referee Would Have Called Foul On Curry Shot If He Had Missed

Apr 24, 2015 12:21 PM

Stephen Curry sent Game 3 into overtime with a game-tying three-pointer when Marreese Speights recovered Curry's previous attempt. Curry appeared to get fouled as he released the shot (Vine).

According to sources, referees explained that a foul would have been called if Curry had missed the three-point attempt. Curry would have then had to make all three free throws to extend the game.

The Golden State Warriors ultimately won the game in overtime.

The NBA said that while a foul should have been called on Anthony Davis, referees also missed a travel by Curry on his previous shot attempt.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Kawhi Leonard Wins Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 23, 2015 10:25 AM

Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan.

Leonard won the award despite playing in just 64 games and finished with 333 total points in the voting.

Green received eight more first place votes than Leonard and had 317 total points.

Anthony Davis finished with 107 points, followed by Rudy Gobert with 31 and Tony Allen with 29.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Award

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Under Armour Hoping To Build $1 Billion Basketball Brand Around Stephen Curry

Apr 22, 2015 11:57 AM

Under Armour plans to build a $1 billion basketball brand around Stephen Curry.

“I’m as proud, I think, of the quality of people we have,” Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said, speaking about how Curry carries himself off the court. “But from the Curry One [basketball shoe] to the Curry Two, we’ve been modifying and chasing that a little bit where we had pretty limited expectations of what we really wanted to do with that product to begin with... It’s going to help elevate what was about a $100 million basketball business. And you know our goal is building a billion-dollar-basketball brand.”

Under Armour said footwear revenue climbed 41% over a year ago and cited the strong growth to the introduction of the Curry One signature basketball shoe.

While Under Armour seems to be on the right track, senior Sterne Agee & Leach analyst Sam Poser said talk of a billion-dollar basketball business is premature. Under Armour’s basketball business would have to grow 30% a year for the next 10 years for it to reach $1 billion.

“Stephen Curry is a great player,” Poser said. “But it’s about whether he’s able to gain that iconic status where wearing his shoes is cool.”

Trey Williams/MarketWatch

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Draymond: Focus Is To Just Make Anthony Davis Take Tough Shots

Apr 21, 2015 10:51 AM

Draymond Green is one of the NBA's most versatile defenders, but Anthony Davis represents a special challenge for him in the Golden State Warriors' first round series against the New Orleans Pelicans.

“It’s tough–most guys I give up length to who I guard, most of them aren’t as quick as me, though," said Green. "He’s both. Special athlete, man. So it’s always tough because he’s the not the type that’s really trying to back me down; he’s going to face up every time.

“And he uses his speed to his advantage. But even if I cut him off, he’s so long, he’ll still try to shoot over the top.

“But that’s what you have to make him do, though. You have to to make him take tough shots with you in between him and the basket. When he’s getting dunks and lay-ups, he’s unstoppable. But if you can make him tough shots with you in between you and the basket, you’ve got a much better chance of stopping him.

“That was my focus the entire night, just trying to make him tough shots. If he hits them, he hits them.”

Green hopes to eventually wear down Davis each game.

”You’re making him take those tough shots, eventually he’ll wear down. Once he started to wear down, those tough shots don’t go in as easily. And that’s really what you want to do as a defender.

“It’s a 48-minute marathon. It’s not a 12-minute race. For 48 minutes you’ve got to continue to grind and grind and grind.

“At some point he’ll wear down and those tough shots won’t fall as consistently.”

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ, NBA Playoffs

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Mike Budenholzer Named NBA Coach Of The Year

Apr 21, 2015 10:17 AM

Mike Budenholzer has been named the NBA Coach of the Year, beating out Steve Kerr.

Budenholzer received 67 first place votes, 58 second place votes and four third place votes.

Kerr received 56 first place votes, 61 second place votes and eight third place votes.

Jason Kidd finished third, followed by Brad Stevens, Gregg Popovich, Kevin McHale, Quin Snyder, David Blatt and Doc Rivers.

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Drummond: I Want Draymond Green On Pistons

Apr 20, 2015 1:44 PM

Andre Drummond posted a Tweet that he has since deleted indicating he would love to play with Draymond Green.

Green will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and was an All-American at Michigan State.

Green is one of the NBA's best stretch forwards and would seemingly be an ideal fit for the Detroit Pistons beside Drummond.

“I want @Money23Green on my team .......” wrote Drummond.

Kirkland Crawford/Detroit Free Press

Tags: Andre Drummond, Draymond Green, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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David Lee Out For Game 1 Against Pelicans With Back Strain

Apr 17, 2015 7:26 PM

David Lee will miss the Golden State Warriors' Game 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans with a strained lower back.

Lee has backed up Draymond Green this season.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: David Lee, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Stephen Curry: Warriors In Title Or Bust Mode Entering Playoffs

Apr 16, 2015 4:35 PM

Stephen Curry says the Golden State Warriors are entering the playoffs with a championship or bust mentality.

"For the players, it is," Curry told Yahoo Sports. "No one will be happy for anything less. If we don't win our last game this season it's going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short."

The Warriors won a franchise record 67 games in the regular season.

"We know we are going to get everybody's best shot," Curry said. "The regular season has prepared us for playoff situations. We've had a lot of double-digit wins, but we've really had to fight for 48 minutes every single night to make that happen. You'd probably look at it and say that's easy. That's great preparation for what we are going to have to go through.

"You just got to prepare. The feeling in the locker room is the exact same. You got to be very hungry. No one has changed, and I think that's a big deal."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Warriors Hope To Break Ground On Arena In 2016, Ready By 2018

Apr 15, 2015 1:05 PM

The Golden State Warriors are hoping to break ground on their new arena shortly after the start of 2016 and have the venue completed in July or August 2018.

The Warriors released renderings of the interior of the arena for the first time as Rick Welts spoke at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's Public Policy Forum.


Welts pointed to suites inside the arena as large as 600 square feet that would sit on one ring in the arena instead of on two levels at Oracle Arena, minimizing the distance from seats to the court.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

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Stephen Curry Made 77 Straight Three-Pointers During Practice
Stephen Curry made 94 out of 100 shots during the session.

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LeBron, Curry, Kobe Lead NBA In Jersey Sales
LeBron James leads the NBA in jersey sales for the sixth consecutive year, finishing ahead of Stephen Curry at No. 2.

Kerr: Curry Never Talks About MVP Race, But Better Believe He Wants It
Stephen Curry broke his own NBA single-season record for three-pointers as he has 276 and counting.

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Shaun Livingston Suspended One Game For Hit On Nowitzki
Shaun Livingston has been suspended one game for hitting Dirk Nowitzki in the groin.

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Curry 'Surprised' Mark Jackson Prefers Harden For MVP
Mark Jackson coached Stephen Curry for three seasons with the Warriors.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Stephen Curry, Brook Lopez Named NBA Players Of The Week
Stephen Curry averaged 30.0 points and 8.0 assists, and connected on 24-of-38 three-point field goals (63.2 percent).

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Speights: We Knew Wizards Would Argue, Quit If We Turned Up Defense
Marreese Speights said he knew the Wizards would falter in Monday's game if the Warriors elevated their defense.

Ben Standig/CSN Washington

Warriors Rank 4th All-Time In Point Differential During Three-Point Era
The top-6 teams in point differential before the current season have all gone on to win the NBA championship.

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated

Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days With Ankle Sprain
Klay Thompson will miss Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

Warriors Rest Curry, Thompson, Bogut, Iguodala Against Nuggets
Steve Kerr will start Shaun Livingston, Justin Holiday, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and David Lee.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Marreese Speights Suspended One Game For Reckless Driving
Marreese Speights recently pled no contest on the charge, which occurred in August.

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David Lee: I Couldn't Take Reduced Role If We Weren't Winning
David Lee is the highest paid player on the Warriors and is signed through the 15-16 season, but he's become an auxiliary option this season.

Monte Poole/Comcast

Dahntay Jones Fined $10K By NBA For Bumping Draymond Green In Postgame Interview
Dahntay Jones was fined $10,000 for bumping Draymond Green in the nationally televised postgame interview on Sunday.

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Warriors Move On From JaVale McGee Interest
The Warriors entertained a possible deal with JaVale McGee, but have reportedly moved on.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Jazz Discussed David Lee Trade With Warriors At Deadline
The Warriors are considering moving the final year of David Lee's contract due to cap concerns and his reduced role following the emergence of Draymond Green.

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Kerr Believes Curry Deserves MVP, Won't Promote Him For Award
Stephen Curry and James Harden are the two most likely MVP award recipients, according to the Bovada Sportsbook.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Warriors, Mavs, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, Bulls Interested In JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee and the Celtics were unable to close a deal on a contract on Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Draymond Green: This Team Will Probably Never Be Together Again
The Warriors have the best record in the NBA and Draymond Green is enjoying the ride as much as possible.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Stephen Curry Wants To Play Into Late 30s
Stephen Curry is not currently interested in the day-to-day commitment of coaching when he retires.

James Herbert/CBS Sports

Festus Ezeli Suspended One Game By NBA For Altercation With Tyler Hansbrough
Festus Ezeli was suspended one game without pay for initiating an altercation with Tyler Hansbrough by grabbing his throat.

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