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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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Warriors vs. Grizzlies live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. Grizzlies live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

The Warriors left the Windy City with a win Friday, and they return home to Chase Center on Monday in search of another. 

Golden State (5-19) hosts Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies (6-16). Morant, the No. 2 pick in June's NBA draft, is expected to play tonight after missing his last four games with back soreness. 

The 20-year-old has impressed in his first NBA season, averaging 18.2 points, 7.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. The Warriors contained the talented rookie in his first game against Golden State, holding him to 20 points on just 7-of-20 shooting from the field in a 114-95 win. 

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Here's how to watch Monday's Warriors-Grizzlies game. 

When: Monday Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. PT -- pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams App

Draymond Green has an ambitious plan for rookie forward Eric Paschall

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Draymond Green has an ambitious plan for rookie forward Eric Paschall

SAN FRANCISCO – With the top two Rookie of Year candidates on opposite sides Monday night when the Warriors face the Grizzlies, Draymond Green has an idea that would give his teammate an edge.

At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Eric Paschall needed only one-quarter of the season to show he can handle the role of being an “undersize” power forward but also be effective as a small forward.

Paschall’s production as a rookie is comparable to that of Memphis’ Ja Morant, a 6-2, 175-pound point guard.

Green believes Paschall’s mentality can go beyond a mere two positions.

“One thing I’ve been trying to get him to do is learn all the positions,” Green said Monday after shootaround. “When you can learn all five positions, it just helps you create more value.”

Learning the roles of all five positions, unlike being able to play them all, provides a deeper glimpse into the team dynamic. As a point guard, it’s Morant’s responsibility.

For a forward, however, a full understanding of every position is what can separate the good from the very good, and the very good from the extraordinary.

“For a player like E, at such an early point in his career, if he can master learning all five positions, with his versatility, that just continues to add to the value that he’s creating for himself,” Green said.

Green’s goal is do his part to tutor Paschall in hopes the rookie ultimately becomes a better version of himself. Paschall has a superior knack for scoring, but he trails Green’s innate ability in such areas as playmaking and rebounding,

Moreover, it is unlikely Paschall will ever play all-around defense at Draymond’s elite level.

Paschall ranks second among rookies in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game. Morant, at 18.6 per game, leads all rookie scorers. Paschall is shooting 50.7 percent from the field, while Morant is at 45.7. Paschall has the edge in rebounding (5.3 to 3.2), with Morant leading in assists (6.4 to 1.8).

What’s most notable about comparing the two in the ROY race is expectations. Morant was chosen No. 2 overall. Paschall was the 41th player selected.

They are the frontrunners for the award, with Miami’s Kendrick Nunn close behind. Preseason favorite Zion Williamson is rehabbing after knee surgery and has missed the first seven weeks.