Curry addresses 'down year,' Warriors won't overreact to Cavs loss

Curry addresses 'down year,' Warriors won't overreact to Cavs loss

OAKLAND – Stephen Curry wants Warriors fans to relax. And be patient.

That despite the Warriors blowing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead in Cleveland on Christmas Day, he’s doing OK and expects to get better, right along with his teammates.

“We’re not going to overreact to what happened on Christmas Day,” Curry said after shootaround Wednesday. “But the overall concepts of how we’re going to be successful – whether teams try to get physical with us or they try to slow the game down or whatever. Whatever the situation may be, our strengths should overshadow that.

“That’s how we’ve gotten to this point and how we’re going to keep getting better.”

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Curry’s play on Christmas Day was highly scrutinized because he finished with 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting – in a marquee game that was a rematch of the teams that played in the past two NBA Finals.

The Warriors continue to develop as a group, he said, indicating that sometimes there is slippage. That was the case against the Cavaliers, against whom Curry conceded after the game and again Wednesday that he was not sufficiently aggressive.

“The good thing about it, up to this point, is we really don’t have much to worry about when it comes to everybody getting theirs and us having really potent offensive nights,” he said. “In situations like the Cleveland game – where everybody needs to be aggressive, and I wasn’t as aggressive as I need to be, putting pressure on their defense – those are learning experiences along the way.”

Yet the Warriors, at 27-5 as they prepare to face Toronto Wednesday night, own the best record in the league. They’ve gotten a boost from the addition of Kevin Durant. Klay Thompson has had his moments, and so has Draymond Green.

Curry, quite simply, has had fewer moments. He’s posting numbers that qualify as excellent but not as historically eye-popping as those put up last season, when he became the first unanimous MVP in league history.

“I know when I walk off the court whether I played well or not, whether I did what I was supposed to do to help my team win or not,” Curry said. “I didn’t do that in the Cleveland game, because I wasn’t as aggressive as I need to be.

“But for the most part this season, whether I scored 16 or whether I scored 40, I felt pretty confident with the way that I helped our team win. And I know what I can do to get better on those specific nights.

"So if this is a down year, and I’m doing what I’m doing right now, I’ll take that and keep pushing.”

Curry's injury all but assures Cook's spot on playoff roster

Curry's injury all but assures Cook's spot on playoff roster

OAKLAND -- Welcome to the NBA playoffs, Quinn Cook.

Any question about whether the Warriors would add Cook to their postseason roster was clarified Saturday when an MRI test on Stephen Curry’s left knee revealed a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

Curry will be reevaluated in three weeks, which coincides with the beginning of the playoffs. It’s conceivable he will be out six weeks, in which case he would miss the entire first round and, should the Warriors advance, part of the second round.

The Warriors wouldn’t dare go into the playoffs with Shaun Livingston, the primary backup to Curry for four seasons, as the only designated point guard on the roster.

So the defending champs will turn to Cook, who was waived by lowly Atlanta last Oct. 13, four days later signed a two-way contract with the Warriors, and spent most of the past five months toiling away with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Cook’s value has been rising in recent weeks, though, as he has proved capable of producing at the NBA level. He’s the only member of the Warriors to score in double figures in each of the last five games, averaging 19.8 points, on 55.7-percent shooting, including 50 percent from deep, during that stretch.

He’s not Curry -- nobody is -- but Cook has been a terrific fill-in.

“We all love him,” Kerr said. “He’s a wonderful teammate. He’s not only a hell of a player, but the gets it. He’s a worker. He brings this great life and intelligence to the group, so he’s a big part of what we’re doing.”

Neither Kerr nor general manager Bob Myers has given any indication if they plan to add Cook to the roster. For Cook to be eligible for the postseason, the Warriors must pull him off his two-way deal and sign him to a standard NBA contract by April 11. The playoff roster must be submitted to the league by noon on April 13.

Under no circumstances can Cook be added without one of the 15 players currently under an NBA contact being released.

Meanwhile, Kerr and Myers have given every indication that they love, love, love the way Cook has responded to a need in the absence of Curry.

“He’s been great,” Myers told 95.7 FM The Game this week. “He’s been great all year, with the G-League as well. We actually targeted him as our two-way guys.”

Myers added another line that is significant: “It’s hard to find fault with Quinn as a human being.”

That testimony to Cook’s character matters because the Warriors are big on having players that fit into their culture. Cook, who turned 25 on Friday, has been a seamless fit.

Cook, for his part, credits at least a part of his success to the tutelage of Curry. The two became acquainted back in 2011, when Cook was a freshman at Duke and Seth Curry was a junior. Due to the lockout, the NBA season didn’t start until December, allowing Stephen Curry some time to hang around the college.

“It’s not like you’re always seeking him,” Cook said. “He seeks you. He knows that we all want to learn. He knows that he is where we want to get to, individually.

“When I got here, he took me under his wing. We developed a great relationship before, but now it’s even greater.”

Curry spends time going over game plans with Cook. They talk strategy. It’s an example of Curry’s leadership that he donates himself to a player who was signed mostly to play in the G-League and be available, if needed, for NBA games.

It’s too much to ask Cook to mimic Curry. It’s not too much to believe Cook can help the Warriors in the postseason, even if Curry is healthy.

With Curry out, and Livingston always on a minutes restriction -- any more than the mid-20s is a danger zone -- Cook is essential.

Curry out at least three weeks with Grade 2 MCL sprain

Curry out at least three weeks with Grade 2 MCL sprain

Stephen Curry will be reevaluated in three weeks after an MRI on Saturday revealed that the Warriors point guard suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his left MCL, the Warriors announced on Saturday. 

Curry sprained his left MCL with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter of Friday night's win over the Atlanta Hawks. Teammate JaVale McGee landed awkwardly on the two-time MVP's left leg, and Curry limped to the bench. He then headed to the locker room where he received further treatment, and did not return. 

Curry has missed 21 of the team’s 71 games this season. Before Friday, he missed the previous six games after spraining his right ankle against the San Antonio Spurs on March 2. 

Back-to-back ankle and knee injuries previously dogged Curry in the 2016 postseason. In his first game back from a right ankle sprain in the first round against the Houston Rockets, Curry suffered a Grade 1 right MCL sprain, and missed the next four games.