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Andre Iguodala jokes he bet $1M on Steph Curry to win golf tournament

Andre Iguodala jokes he bet $1M on Steph Curry to win golf tournament

Steph Curry is playing in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe this weekend.

The Warriors superstar -- who will be making his eighth appearance at the event -- finished in fourth place in 2013 and 2017. 

It looks like his former Golden State teammate, Andre Iguodala, is confident that Curry will win it all this time around.

No pressure, Steph.

The two-time NBA MVP placed seventh last year, but Curry did win the personal bet he had with his dad.

Steph, Dell and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will tee off in the first round Friday at 12:05 p.m. PT. Iguodala -- who played last year and in 2016 -- will not be in attendance.

In case you forgot, Curry and Iguodala checked an item of their bucket lists when they played a round of golf together at Augusta National on Feb. 23, 2016.

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As the Associated Press wrote over four years ago: "The round was a championship reward from Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who promised (them) that if Golden State won the title (in 2015) he would use his connections and get them on the storied course. During the on-court celebration in Cleveland after Golden State wrapped up the championship, Iguodala screamed at Curry, 'We're going to Augusta!' "

Oh, the memories.

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Damian Lillard matches Steph Curry in impressive 3-point shooting stat

Damian Lillard matches Steph Curry in impressive 3-point shooting stat

There has been an abundance of comparisons between Steph Curry and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard as of late, most of which are prisoner-of-the-moment takes based in ignorance.

Yes, Lillard has been absolutely incredible during the NBA restart in leading the Trail Blazers to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

No, he has not surpassed Curry as the best point guard in the game.

That said, Lillard arguably is closing the gap. And now, he has done something that no player other than Curry has accomplished in NBA history.

Lillard ended the regular season Thursday having shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range on 10.1 3-point attempts per game, becoming just the second player in league history to post that kind of efficiency on such high volume. Curry, of course, is the other, and he has done it twice.

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In his unanimous MVP season in 2015-16, Curry shot a ridiculous 45.4 percent from long distance on 11.2 3-point attempts per game. Then, in 2018-19, he made 43.7 percent of his 11.7 3-point attempts per contest.

And he just barely missed accomplishing the feat a third time.

In 2016-17, Curry shot 41.1 percent from 3-point land, but didn't attempt enough 3s to qualify.

He literally was one attempt short.

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So, technically, Lillard will only have to do it once more to match Curry. 

That is, unless Curry reminds everyone next season why he's the greatest shooter in NBA history.

Damian Lillard, Oakland native, gets Twitter shoutout from Raiders

Damian Lillard, Oakland native, gets Twitter shoutout from Raiders

The Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night to earn a spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament.

Shortly thereafter, the Las Vegas Raiders showed Oakland native Damian Lillard some love on Twitter.

The shoutout was much deserved, as Dame averaged 51.3 points and 9.0 assists over the Blazers' final three seeding games, while shooting better than 56 percent overall and nearly 49 percent from deep (on 14.3 attempts).

Those numbers never will seem real.

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Although Lillard let it be known years back that he was not happy with the Raiders for leaving Oakland, he still roots for the Silver and Black.

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Dame -- who went to Oakland High School his junior and senior years -- also made it clear last November he did not support the Warriors moving from Oakland to San Francisco.

The five-time NBA All-Star will be back in action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PT, as the No. 8 seed Blazers face off against the No. 9 seed Memphis Grizzlies.

If the Blazers win, they advance to the first round of the playoffs to take on Los Angeles Lakers. If the Grizzlies win, then Memphis and Portland will do battle again on Sunday to determine who will play the Lakers.

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