Steph Curry 'definitely' wants Warriors to run more pick-and-roll

Steph Curry 'definitely' wants Warriors to run more pick-and-roll

After Steph Curry's sub-par performance against the Cavs on Christmas Day, there has been a lot of talk about his role within the Warriors' offense.

Following shootaround on Wednesday, he was asked point blank: "Do you feel like the ball is in your hands enough this season?"

"Definitely want to be in more pick-and-roll situations," Curry answered. "So that whether I'm getting shots or we're manufacturing ball movement -- that's a strength of ours, regardless of how teams play us. There's a balance to getting KD (Kevin Durant) in the right positions to make plays, Klay getting his opportunities, Draymond being able to playmake like he does...

"We're not gonna overreact to what happened on Christmas Day, but the overall concepts of how we're gonna be successful -- whether teams try to get physical with us or they try to slow the game down or whatever the situation may be -- our strengths should overshadow that. It's how we've gotten to this point and how we're gonna keep getting better."

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Last season, Curry shot 45.4 percent from deep -- 43 percent on pull-ups (off the dribble) and 48.4 percent on catch and shoot triples. He made an NBA single-season record 402 3-pointers.

Curry averaged 30.1 points and 6.7 assists on 20.2 shots (11.2 3s) per game.

This year, Curry is shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc -- 29.3 percent on pull-ups and the same 48.4 percent clip on catch and shoot. He is on pace to make just under 312 3-pointers.

He is averaging 24.1 points and 5.8 assists on 16.8 shots (9.4 3s) per contest.

"He (Curry) made a clear effort in training camp to defer to Kevin (Durant)," Steve Kerr told reporters on Tuesday. "He wanted to get Kevin comfortable. We're still learning as a coaching staff where to put pieces. What works, what doesn't. We've thrown out three or four things that we thought might work that haven't worked.

"I think Steph has probably had the biggest adjustment of all of our players with Kevin's arrival. I think if you look at it from a practical standpoint, he's doing great. His numbers are still fantastic ... but he also happens to be coming off the greatest shooting season in the history of mankind last year. So he has set the bar so high for himself that it's going to be a point of discussion.

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"I think we can help him -- I can certainly put him in a better position to get going, which I will. We're still learning, we're still growing. I'm not the slightest bit concerned ... it's just part of our progression as a team."

Durant racked up 36 points and 15 rebounds against Cleveland.

He is averaging 26.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, while shooting just under 54 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from deep.

What has Curry done specifically to try and make Durant feel comfortable as he acclimates to a new team?

"A lot of it is just knowing the sets that we run -- there are ways to higlight his scoring ability, when he can get to his spots and shoot over the defense, or create mismatches and look for him -- it kind of happens naturally to be honest with you," Curry told reporters on Wednesday. "It's not really anything you have to force.

"Know where he is on the floor, I know where Klay is on the floor and when they get going you kind of ride that wave."

The Warriors host the Raptors on Wednesday night, and the good news for Curry is that he plays better against Toronto than any other team in the NBA.

Over 13 career games against the Raptors, Curry is averaging 30.4 points and 8.3 assists (both personal highs), while shooting over 54 percent from the field and 49 percent from deep.

Four things we learned while Steph Curry dealt with fourth ankle injury

Four things we learned while Steph Curry dealt with fourth ankle injury

UPDATE (2:40pm PT on Tuessday): Steph Curry has been cleared for full team practices with the goal of playing this week, the Warriors announced.


The Warriors’ usual late-spring sprint toward the postseason, already slowed to a limp, deteriorated into a forlorn crawl Monday night in San Antonio as they were losing for the fourth time in six games.

Draymond Green, the only “healthy” member of the team’s All-Star quartet, left the game in the second quarter with a pelvic contusion and did not return.

Though Green said after this 89-75 loss to the Spurs that he doesn’t consider this a serious injury, it’s abundantly clear reinforcements can’t arrive soon enough.

Stephen Curry, a profoundly superior reinforcement, may return as soon as Friday.

Curry’s tender right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which the Warriors will establish a timeline for his return. He could, according to team and league sources, be back in the lineup Friday night when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena.

That would provide a massive injection of talent for the Warriors, who lost of three games during a four-day stretch in which they were forced to rely heavily on reserves and role players.

“We’re already shorthanded and then we lose another All-Star, the glue to our team, Draymond, at halftime,” said Quinn Cook, who in scoring 73 points over the past three games did an admirable job of trying of producing Curry-like numbers.

As good as Cook was on Monday, scoring 20 points, it’s a bit much to ask Cook to lead the Warriors past a San Antonio team fighting to extend its 20-year streak of consecutive playoff appearances.

The Warriors are built around their four All-Stars -- Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Curry and Green. They usually can withstand the loss of one, and they can often are OK missing two. But when it’s three, and possibly four, the defending champs are a home without a foundation.

As the Warriors were losing four of six games, and two of the last three, we have learned four things:

1) Cook is an NBA keeper.

The point guard from Duke, who turns 25 on Friday, has proved not only that he belongs in the league but also that he can survive in the rotation of a championship contender. He’s considerably more effective than Pat McCaw. Even if everybody were healthy, it would be hard, maybe foolish, to deny Cook minutes.

2) Kevon Looney continues to smooth the rough edges of his game.

The Warriors opened the season uncertain what they could expect from a forward that has undergone surgery on both hips. Month after month, though, he has done most everything they could have asked. He operates well in their switching defense, is effective in traffic and now he’s blocking shots and raining jumpers. At this rate, the Warriors would be delighted to have him back next season.

3) David West and Jordan Bell are in search of rhythm.

West was reliably excellent, at both ends, prior to missing five games with a cyst on his right arm. Since returning last Friday, there have been visible signs of rust. He’ll be OK in time, but at 37 likely needs another game or two to rediscover his touch.

Bell missed 14 games with a left ankle sprain, returned briefly, sustained a sprain of his right ankle and missed three more games. In the three games since his return, he has yet to look comfortable. It’s not just rust; it’s also the team around him. He’s at his best when supporting the stars. It may take him a while before he shines again.

4) Postseason minutes may be scarce for Nick Young

The Warriors hired Young to score while not embarrassing himself on defense and he has had good moments on both ends. But his inconsistency -- partly attributed to unspectacular conditioning -- grates on coaches and sometimes teammates. As much as he wants to enjoy the postseason, he’s playing his way toward an insignificant role unless injuries dictate otherwise.

Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return


Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return

UPDATE (2:25pm PT on Tuesday): The Warriors announced that following an examination by the team's medical staff, Steph Curry has been cleared to participate in full team practices beginning on Wednesday. The goal is for Curry to "play later this week."

The Warriors return to action Friday when they host the Hawks. They face the Jazz on Sunday in Oakland.


The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.

Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.

The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.

Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.

The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.

Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.

The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.

The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.