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THE BUZZ: Franchise tag Friday; celebrating Wilt's 100

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THE BUZZ: Franchise tag Friday; celebrating Wilt's 100

1. Tag, youre it: Its Franchise Tag Friday. The deadline is Monday, but most teams will exercise their option by today. The Raiders tagged Tyvon Branch; the 49ers are expected to tag Dashon Goldson. The Eagles placed their tag on DeSean Jackson which means the 49ers wont have a play for the speedy, local wide receiver. Vincent Jackson? Dwayne Bowe? The Saints will tag Drew Brees, which means Marques Colston will be on the market. So will Steelers receiver Mike Wallace. But there will be plenty of competition.

2. Fifty years ago today Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Tonight the Golden State Ws the descendent of Wilts team will play in Philadelphia and celebrate the achievement. Has it been half a century since anyone was really afraid of the Warriors? Certainly its the last time the Warriors did anything with such style: the Big Dipper didnt touch to ball in the final 46 seconds because 100 sounds better than 102.

3. Ryan Miller, the Buffalo Sabres goaltender, shut down the Sharks, with 39 saves. Thats 82 saves in two nights in California (he had 43 against Anaheim) for Miller who was pissed off that his good buddy Paul Gaustad was traded to Nashville. Apparently, hes taking it on California teams. The Sharks are still in seventh place in the Western Conference and fourth place St. Louis comes to town on Saturday.
4. Buster Posey wont play in the Giants exhibition tomorrow and might not play until sometime next week. Red flag? Laudatory restraint? Get used to it, Gs fans. The next few months will be all Posey healthy, all the time. But the good news is, Buster isnt the only young Giant who can catch.
5. Reeves Nelson, a Modesto product, is portrayed as evil incarnate in this weeks Sports Illustrated story about the dysfunction in the UCLA basketball program. Nelson gave his side of the story on Thursday. Gloomy times for UCLA, unless youre a soccer or baseball fan. But all is not lost! Tim Tebow is training at UCLA maybe a little of his magic will rub off the Bruins.MORE BUZZ:
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Why Steph Curry can never, ever chuck his mouthpiece again

Why Steph Curry can never, ever chuck his mouthpiece again

Stephen Curry knows he asked for this one. Begged for it. Wanted it so bad he not only ripped his mouthpiece out of his face but also wound up and fired it in the direction of a game official.

He has to be, and likely is, pleased that the NBA wanted nothing more than a $50,000 bite out of his newly fortified paycheck.

“It was a dumb thing to do. Stupid,” he said after shootaround Monday morning. “Learn from it and try to move on and be better.”

It was not nearly enough for the league that Curry apologized immediately after the mouthpiece-tossing incident that got him tossed in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday. Apologies don’t carry much weight in these matters and they are entirely weightless when it’s a second offense.

And that’s what this was, as you may recall Curry flinging his mouthpiece late in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He was tossed from that game, too.

Of more importance, and what Curry has to take away from this is that he can’t afford another offense. Ever. Though he surely can afford it monetarily, it would rob the Warriors of their offensive catalyst.

Throwing a mouthpiece once is a forgivable mistake. Doing it twice is a relapse that some may forgive while others definitely will not. Doing it three or more times falls into the selfish category, even if selfishness is not a characteristic fairly applied to the two-time MVP.

It’s conceivable that no one in the NBA gets pushed and grabbed and knocked around as much, without a whistle, as does Curry. Part of this is on him, for not being better at selling calls. Part of it is on officials who typically use a different standard for him than those usually set for MVP-caliber players.

Through it all, and it has gone on for years, Curry rarely says a peep. He plays on, simmering, but staying on task.

“I think people on the outside automatically think that these guys can control everything and be robots and score 35 and be perfectly composed,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday morning. “But they’re all human beings, just like the rest of us. There’s going to be times where you lose your mind. There’s going to be times where you get angry and times where you’re in perfect mental and you’re playing at a high level and everything is under control.

But nobody can keep that level 100 percent of the time.”

Curry’s actions Saturday in Memphis were only partly the result of the officiating. The Warriors were losing, again. Curry was committing silly fouls, again. It was a buildup of unfavorable events and he lost it.

“We were playing terrible,” Curry said Monday morning. “I was frustrated because I was fouling. I thought I got fouled on the last play. The reaction was definitely a little over the top.

“Stuff happens. I’m going to try to continue to be myself and show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn’t take away from the team and misrepresent who I am.”

Curry said Monday that he didn’t bother to review his actions because he knew how unbecoming they were. He also expressed regret about lashing out. There was no need to brace for the fine he knew was coming.

Next time, though it won’t be a fine that will take a fraction of his check. Next time, it’ll be a suspension that will take away a piece of the Warriors.

NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

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NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Steph Curry owes the NBA some money.

The two-time MVP was fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece near the end of Saturday night's game in Memphis, the league announced.

He won't be suspended.

Andre Iguodala was fined $15,000 for verbally abusing a game official.

"I want to play tonight. Don't think a suspension is necessary," Curry said following shootaround on Monday. "I'm pretty sure based on the precedent that was set last time I threw my mouthpiece, there'll be a fine.

"The timing is getting a little tight thinking about preparing for tonight, but just gotta wait and see."

Curry was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece during Game 6 of the 2016 Finals.

He did not need to rewatch the incident from Saturday to know he was in the wrong.

"In the grand scheme of things, it's Game 3, we were playing terrible," Curry explained on Monday. "I was frustrated because I was fouling, I thought I got fouled on the last play and the reaction was definitely a little over the top.

"Stuff happens. Try to continue to be myself, show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn't take away from the team and misrepresent who I am."

Kevin Durant -- who was also ejected from the game -- apparently won't receive any additional punishment.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller