Steph Curry named Western Conference Player of the Week

Steph Curry named Western Conference Player of the Week

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 27, through Sunday, April 2, the NBA announced today. The award is the third Player of the Week honor of the season for Curry (10th career), who also won the award for games played from January 2-8 and again from January 30 – February 5, and is the fourth weekly award for the Warriors this season (Kevin Durant earned the honor for games played from November 21-27).

Curry helped the Warriors extend their current winning streak to 11 games with a 4-0 week that included wins at Houston, at San Antonio, vs. Houston and vs. Washington, making the Warriors just the second team in NBA history to earn wins in four-straight games against teams with win percentages of .600 or better in the month of March or later, according to the Elias Sports Bureau (joining the 2004-05 Houston Rockets). Curry averaged 31.8 points, 7.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.50 steals in 34.8 minutes during the week, hitting 52.4 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from three-point range. With 20 three-pointers over the last four games, Curry reached the 300-three-point threshold (302) for the second-straight season after hitting an NBA-record 402 threes in 2015-16 (no other player has hit 300 threes in a single season).

Curry began the week with 32 points and a season-high-tying 10 rebounds in a win at Houston on March 28, his ninth career 30-point/10-rebound effort in the regular season. In Golden State’s season-high 22-point comeback win at San Antonio on March 29, the reigning MVP tallied 29 points and 11 assists for his fifth 20-point/10-assist game this season. He ended the week with a 42-point performance in a win over Washington on April 2, hitting 9-of-14 from three-point range en route to his fourth 40-point outing of the season.

The Warriors own an NBA-best record of 63-14 (.818) this season, becoming the first team in NBA history to win at least 63 games in three-straight seasons. Curry owns averages of 25.2 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.80 steals during the 2016-17 campaign, on pace to become the first Warrior to average 25 points per game in consecutive seasons since Chris Mullin did so in five-straight seasons from 1988-92.

The award marks the 47th time a Warriors player has been named Player of the Week since the NBA began giving out the award in 1979. Chicago’s Jimmy Butler was named Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference.

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What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'


What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'

The Warriors were the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

That is probably going to change this season, as they trail the Rockets by three games (although it's really four because Houston has the tiebreaker) with 12 games to play (and only lead the Raptors by one game).

What does owner Joe Lacob think about his team right now?

“We’ve had our best team we’ve ever had this year,” Lacob recently told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group (read the full story here). “We have to go prove it on the court, but we have enough to win it.

"It doesn’t mean we will, but we are certainly set up to have the opportunity potentially to do that. That’s about all you can ask.”

Things can change in an instant and Lacob understands that.

That's why he's constantly discussing scenarios with Warriors GM Bob Myers and the rest of Golden State's decision-makers.

“We’ll build around that core until we decide maybe we shouldn’t," Lacob told BANG. "But right now it feels pretty good. These guys are all performing at a great level. We love them as part of our organization.

"I don’t really see doing anything major. But you never really know. We have to evaluate when the season is over. It’s very hard when you’re in the middle of it all to see it objectively.”

What happens if the Warriors don't win the championship this year?

We will leave you with this quote Lacob gave BANG.

“Maybe we will emphasize continuity. Or maybe we will make a big move. We’re looking at different options, given different things playing out in different ways.

"I think you should always be doing that.”

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

Pat McCaw will return vs Spurs; Draymond Green vs LaMarcus Aldridge


Pat McCaw will return vs Spurs; Draymond Green vs LaMarcus Aldridge

In 43 seasons battling the Spurs, only once have the Warriors swept a season series, a feat they will accomplish again with a victory Monday night in San Antonio.

Winning at AT&T Center will be a tough task for the depleted Warriors (53-17), who for the third consecutive game will take the floor with three of their four All-Stars -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson -- unavailable. Guard Pat McCaw, however, will be available for the first time in five weeks.

After the Spurs (40-30) lost nine of 11 games over a 30-day span and seemed to be fading from the playoff race, they’ve posted three straight wins and are very much in the race, despite the continued absence of star forward Kawhi Leonard.


Spurs by 7


Draymond Green & Co. vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: Aldridge is a load for any defender and has carried the Spurs this season. Expect the Warriors to stick to their routine when facing a single pivotal player and send a variety of defenders. Green is sure to be one of them. Others likely to take turns include Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee, David West and maybe even Kevon Looney. The Warriors will consider it success if they can keep Aldridge under 30 points.


Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle tweak), G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Kevin Durant (R rib fracture) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) and listed as out.

Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is listed as out.


Warriors: 7-3. Spurs: 5-5.


James Capers (crew chief), Bennie Adams, Karl Lane


The Warriors won the first three of four meetings this season: 112-92 on Nov. 2 in San Antonio, 122-105 on Feb. 10 in Oakland and 110-107 on March 8 at Oakland. They were 1-2 against San Antonio last season and are 9-7 against the Spurs in the Steve Kerr era.


COOK’S ROLL: Two-way PG Quinn Cook was terrific in the last two games, scoring a combined 53 points on 21-of-30 shooting. That was against lottery teams. The Spurs traditionally make life tough for guards and will pose a much bigger challenge. If Cook stays hot under this pressure, the Warriors will be beyond ecstatic.

MCCAW RETURNS: The return of McCaw, out since Feb. 12 with a L wrist fracture, gives the Warriors a fourth guard and some welcome flexibility. Cook played 80 minutes in the recent back-to-back set, and Nick Young played 78. McCaw will be on a minutes restriction (less than 20) but can perform on or off the ball.

THE BENCH GAME: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has virtually trademarked liberal usage of reserves; only San Antonio has had eight players score in double figures in three different games this season, and 13 different Spurs average at least 10 ppg. Their depth will be a problem for these very thin Warriors.