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Gameday: Steph Curry has his hands full with Avery Bradley guarding him

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Gameday: Steph Curry has his hands full with Avery Bradley guarding him

OAKLAND -- The Warriors hope to complete a sweep of their three-game homestand Sunday afternoon when they face the Detroit Pistons at Oracle Arena.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 5:35.

The Warriors (4-2) have fallen behind by double digits in each of the past two games, against Toronto and Washington, before achieving victories with second-half rallies.

The Pistons (4-2) will be taking the court about 20 hours after becoming the first team this season to beat the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 95-87 win Saturday night at Staples Center.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 13.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Avery Bradley: No one in the NBA, not even plucky Clippers guard Patrick Beverly, defends Curry better than Bradley, a former Celtic. That’s one of the reasons the Warriors have tended to struggle with Boston. Expect Bradley to bring the same tenacity to the Detroit backcourt. Curry knows what’s ahead and will have to be on his game to win this battle.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Pistons: No injuries listed.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors swept the two-game series last season and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings overall. They have won seven in a row in Oakland, the last loss coming on Nov. 13, 2008.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

BALL PROTECTION: Only three teams average more turnovers per game than the Warriors (17.0), and a continuation of that habit could prove costly against the Pistons, who rank fifth in the league in points off turnovers. Meanwhile, the Warriors will try to turnover a Detroit team that has committed fewer giveaways (13.3) than all but one team.

THE STREAK I: Curry has made his first 50 free throws, the longest season-opening streak since Jose Calderon made his first 84 free throws in 2008-09. Curry’s career-best streak is 52, achieved in 2014-15. Warriors legend Rick Barry owns the longest streak in franchise history with 60, set in 1976.

THE STREAK II: Klay Thompson has made at least one 3-pointer in 60 consecutive games dating back to last season. It’s the 11th longest such streak in league history. Thompson also will conclude his Points with a Purpose campaign, during which he has pledged to donate $1,000 for each point he scores toward North Bay fire relief.

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

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The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

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Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

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Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller