Steph Curry, Kevin Durant share Player of the Month award

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant share Player of the Month award

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant have been named the Kia NBA Western Conference Players of the Month for games played in January, the league announced today. The award marks the first time that a pair of Warriors teammates has been named Co-Players of the Month and is the ninth time that the Warriors have earned the monthly accolade since the NBA began giving out the award in 1979-80.

Curry and Durant led the Warriors to an NBA-best 12-2 record (.857) during the month, in which Golden State led the league in scoring (120.3 points per game), assists (30.6), field goal percentage (.509), blocked shots (6.71) and point differential (+14.1). Curry (27.8 points) and Durant (27.4) became the first Warriors duo ever to average 27 points per game over the course of a full calendar month (min. 10 games) and the first pair of teammates in the league to do so since Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in January 2011, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Curry, who earned his franchise-record sixth career Player of the Month honor, averaged 27.8 points (fourth in the Western Conference), 6.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.46 steals in 34.2 minutes over 13 games in January. The reigning back-to-back MVP had four 30-point games and a pair of 40-point performances, finishing the month with 43 points in just 29 minutes on Jan. 28 vs. the Clippers to join teammate Klay Thompson and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis as the only players to record a 40-point game in fewer than 30 minutes this season. Curry led the league with 62 three-point field goals during the month, hitting 43.1 percent from long distance, and had a league-high on-court differential of +15.3 in his 13 games.

Durant, who joins Curry, Chris Mullin and Bernard King as the only Warriors ever to receive the monthly recognition (his 14th career Player of the Month award), averaged 27.4 points (fifth in the West), 7.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.07 blocks and 1.07 steals in 34.4 minutes over 14 games in January. Durant recorded five 30-point games during the month and had a season-high 40 points on just 16 field goal attempts (13-of-16 FG) on Jan. 18 vs. Oklahoma City, becoming the first Warrior to score 40 points on 16 shots or fewer in the Shot Clock Era (since 1954-55). Among the league’s top 20 scorers in January, Durant was the only player to convert on at least 55 percent of his shots, hitting 56.5 percent from the field during the month.

On Jan. 19, both Curry and Durant were named Western Conference All-Star starters, marking the first time since fan voting was introduced in 1975 that two Warriors were voted by the fans to start the All-Star Game (fans accounted for 50 percent of All-Star balloting this season). The Warriors posted a 7-1 mark at Oracle Arena in January and went 5-1 away from home, finishing the month with the fourth-most January wins in franchise history (12).                       

Boston’s Isaiah Thomas earned Player of the Month honors in the Eastern Conference. 

Golden State Warriors media services

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.