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After joining 14K club and dropping 49 on Celtics, Curry named Player of the Week

After joining 14K club and dropping 49 on Celtics, Curry named Player of the Week

OAKLAND, CA – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the Week 15 Western Conference Player of the Week, the NBA announced today. The award is the second Player of the Week honor of the season for Curry and his 12th career weekly recognition.  

Curry helped lead the Warriors to a 3-0 week, capped off by a season-high 49-point performance vs. Boston on Jan. 27, the sixth-highest scoring output of his career. On Jan. 25, Curry became the fifth player in franchise history to reach the 14,000-point mark for his career, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Paul Arizin and Chris Mullin. For the week, he averaged 35.3 points (2nd in the NBA), 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 35.7 minutes per game, hitting 59.6 percent from the field and 56.8 percent from three-point range (21-of-37 3FG).

The Warriors own an NBA-best record of 40-10 (.800) and lead the league in scoring (116.0), assists per game (30.6), field goal percentage (.509) and three-point percentage (.396). Curry leads the Warriors this season with 28.1 points per game (third in the NBA) to go with 6.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 33.1 minutes over 35 games, hitting 49.8 percent from the field, 43.0 percent from three-point range and 90.9 percent from the free throw line.

The award marks the 50th time a Warriors player has been named Player of the Week since the NBA began giving out the award in 1979 and the third award this season (Durant – Week 8, Curry – Week 12). Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton was named Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference.

Most Player of the Week Awards, Warriors History

Player

POW Awards

Stephen Curry

12

Tim Hardaway

5

Chris Mullin

4

Baron Davis

4

Klay Thompson

4

 

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Klay Thompson used favorite Warriors moment to roast Andre Iguodala

Klay Thompson used favorite Warriors moment to roast Andre Iguodala

The legend of Klay Thompson continues to grow.

During his career with the Warriors, Thompson has had many moments -- from on-court heroics to off-court humor -- that have made him a hero in the Bay Area.

Most people love China Klay Thompson. His New York City scaffolding interview always will be the stuff of legend. There was his incredible answer to a question about Kevin Durant becoming a member of the Splash Brothers after KD tore his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

No matter the moment, Klay never seems to disappoint.

In his upcoming book "The Sixth Man," Andre Iguodala shared a previously untold Klay story that is sure to become a fan favorite.  The Warriors, as Iguodala tells it, were going around discussing moments in a game where they felt highest, when Klay delivered a masterpiece.

Via Time Magazine:

“When Klay’s turn came, we all assumed he was going to say that his highest moment was the day he scored 37 points in a quarter against Sacramento,” Iguodala writes. “I mean, that was an NBA record! But he didn’t. Instead he said, ‘My best moment was one night I caught a pass and I was like fifty feet from the basket and I was about to shoot it. And all of a sudden, I hear Andre being like, ‘What the f--k, Klay? You’re fifty feet out.’ And I thought about it for a second and shot it anyway. It went in, and I was like, ‘Yeah, Andre, f--k you.’ We all had a good laugh about that. I was like, ‘Wow, really dog? That was your best moment?'”

Never change, Klay.

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As for his on-court heroics, Thompson's exploits are well-documented. From his season-saving Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference finals to making two free throws on a torn ACL in Game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Thompson has done it all for the Dubs. 

After tearing his ACL in Game 6 against the Raptors, Thompson told head coach Steve Kerr he just needed a two-minute rest and he'd be back in the game, which shows how dedicated he was to his teammates and their quest for a three-peat.

Thompson will be a free agent this offseason, but all signs point to him signing a max contract to stay with the Warriors. He'll likely be out until at least February/March while rehabbing his left knee, but there's no reason to think he won't be the same Klay when he steps back onto the court. 

Attorney says deputy in alleged Masai Ujiri altercation has concussion

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Attorney says deputy in alleged Masai Ujiri altercation has concussion

The deputy who the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri struck in the face is on medical leave after suffering a concussion, attorney David Mastagni told The Associated Press on Tuesday. 

Mastagni told KPIX on Monday that the deputy, whose name has not been released, also has "a serious jaw injury" as a result of the alleged altercation.

“The officer is off work, disabled and wants to go back to work,” Mastagni told the AP.

KPIX reported Monday that Mastagni is representing the officer. 

Officials say that Ujiri pushed and struck the deputy in the face during the waning moments of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. With Ujiri's Raptors set to celebrate their first championship, the deputy prevented Ujiri from reaching the court because he didn't display the proper credentials, Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told NBC Sports Washington on Friday morning.

KPIX reported Monday that Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern "personally reviewed" footage from Oracle Arena's security cameras and the deputy's body camera, and he said he will recommend the district attorney charge Ujiri with misdemeanor battery of a police officer. Mastagni told multiple outlets that the deputy is considering filing a lawsuit against Ujiri. 

The Raptors said in a statement to NBC Sports Washington last week that the encounter "is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation." Warriors season-ticket holder Greg Wiener said he saw the incident, and he told the AP on Friday that Ujiri shoved, but did not strike the deputy after he "put his hand on Ujiri's chest and pushed him."

Wiener initially told the AP that the deputy did not mention that Ujiri lacked proper credentials, but recounted Tuesday “after thinking about it all weekend" that the officer shouted, "No one gets on the court without credentials.”

The 48-year-old Ujiri has run the Raptors' front office since 2013. The Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Ujiri their top job, and NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported the offer could include an ownership stake in the team and be worth up to $10 million per year.