Stephen Curry may be known for his 3-point shooting, but the Warriors point guard is showing that he is a great passer.
Curry entered Saturday's game against the 76ers with 3,995 career assists. With a dish to Nick Young for a 3-pointer in the third quarter, Curry collected his 4,000th career assist, becoming the second player in Warriors franchise history to reach that number.
The two-time NBA MVP now only trails Hall of Famer Guy Rodgers, who amassed 4,855 assists during his eight seasons with the Philadelphia and San Francisco Warriors.
Earlier this season, Curry passed Tim Hardaway (3,926) for second on the all-time franchise leaderboard.
Curry finished with the game with nine assists and now sits at 4,004 for his career.
In each of the last five seasons, Curry has eclipsed 500 assists. In 2013-14, Curry finished with a career-high 666 assists. If he stays on his current pace, he should pass Rodgers at some point during the 2018-19 season.
SAN ANTONIO -- The Warriors are one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals, and if they get there the New Orleans Pelicans will be waiting.
The Pelicans on Saturday became the first NBA team advance this postseason when they completed a sweep of Portland with a 131-123 win in Game 4 in New Orleans.
New Orleans entered the postseason as a No. 6 seed, while the Trail Blazers were the 3-seed and had earned homecourt advantage.
The Warriors have a 3-0 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs. The teams meet in Game 4 Sunday afternoon.
Should the Warriors close out the series, they would open against the Pelicans next weekend at Oracle Arena.
SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Curry returned to practice Saturday, but there will be no miracle Sunday when the Warriors meet the Spurs in Game 4 of their first-round series.
“He’s coming along well,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But don’t expect him to be Willis Reed tomorrow.”
The Willis Reed reference dates back to the 1970 NBA Finals, when the Knicks center came limping onto the court for Game 7, despite a torn muscle in his right thigh, provided an emotional lift that gave New York the victory.
Curry has missed the last four weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee. The Warriors were pleased to have him back on the court for non-contact drills. He completed those drills along with his teammates, without any sign of a setback.
“From his movements, he looked good to me,” Kevin Durant said.
“He was really shooting the ball well and moving around well,” assistant coach Ron Adams said. “I don’t know how he’s feeling internally, but I like his attitude about this. He’s positive and upbeat and it rubs off on the other guys.”
Curry is scheduled to be re-evaluated next weekend, after which his status will be updated.
Though both Shaun Livingston and Durant rolled their left ankles in Game 3, participated in practice. Durant is not on the injury report and Livingston is listed as probable.