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Andre Iguodala ranks Steph Curry just behind Magic Johnson as point guard

Andre Iguodala ranks Steph Curry just behind Magic Johnson as point guard

With two MVP awards -- one by unanimous vote -- and three NBA championships among his possessions, Stephen Curry has enough confirmation of his greatness.

Well, almost enough.

Longtime Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala feels the need to provide more affirmation and respect, offering his opinion on where Curry stands not just with contemporaries, but also among the best to ever play the game.

Which is, among the thousands of point guards to suit up in the NBA, No. 2 – even if such respect isn’t universally given.

“He won’t ever get (respect),” Iguodala told reporters Saturday in Philadelphia, after a 120-117 victory over the 76ers. “It’s just what it is sometimes.

“But when you sit down have serious conversations ... he’s the second-best point guard ever.”

The best point guard in NBA history, according to Iguodala – and many others – is Lakers legend Magic Johnson, a five-time NBA champion and easy first-ballot Hall of Famer.

“Every day, he texts me when I wake up in the morning and tells me that same comment,” Curry said of Iguodala. “I got some work to do to get to No. 1, apparently.”

For the sake argument, Johnson was a revolutionary, a 6-foot-9 point guard leading the Showtime Lakers. He had an abundance of pizzazz and charisma and even now there has been no one quite like him.

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Nor has there been anyone quite like Curry. He, too, is a revolutionary – but with a broader sweep. He fits the physical profile of a natural point guard, but shoots 3-pointers in a way that has had a profound effect on the game played at all levels.

“He’s still underrated,” Iguodala said. “I still think he doesn’t really get the respect he deserves. Guys think like you know he uses a lot of screens and guys think they can draw mismatches with him defensively. But he’s a real problem.”

Warriors' rest advantage grows with Raptors' Game 4 win against Bucks

Warriors' rest advantage grows with Raptors' Game 4 win against Bucks

If you subscribe to the notion that a playoff series doesn't begin until a home team loses, well, then the Eastern Conference finals have yet to begin.

After dropping the first two games of the series on the road, the Toronto Raptors evened the series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night with a 120-102 victory at Scotiabank Arena in Game 4.

In winning each of the last two games at home, Toronto has ensured that the Eastern Conference finals will go at least six games. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have already advanced to their fifth consecutive NBA Finals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in four games.

Golden State has plenty of time to rest up before the Finals begin on May 30th. Whichever team represents the Eastern Conference won't have as much of a luxury.

Given the fact that several players on the Warriors' roster -- most notably Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins -- missed part or all of the series sweep of the Blazers with injuries, the extra time off before the Finals begin certainly comes in handy.

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Game 6 between the Bucks and Raptors is on Sat. May 25th, meaning whichever team that comes out of the East will have at most four days to recuperate before the Finals begin.

That would already seem to be a significant advantage for Golden State, but if you want to get greedy, there's plenty of reason to believe the Eastern Conference finals could require a Game 7.

Patrick Beverley says Clippers gave Warriors best challenge in playoffs

Patrick Beverley says Clippers gave Warriors best challenge in playoffs

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is a confident person.

Beverley doesn't back down from anybody and he speaks his mind freely.

On Tuesday morning, he made the following declaration on Twitter:

Sorry Mr. Beverley, but we respectfully disagree.

Here were the results of the Warriors-Clippers first-round NBA playoff series:
Game 1 = Warriors 121, Clippers 104
Game 2 = Clippers 135, Warriors 131 (Golden State led by 31 points with about 7:30 left in the third quarter)
Game 3 = Warriors 132, Clippers 105
Game 4 = Warriors 113, Clippers 105
Game 5 = Clippers 129, Warriors 101
Game 6 = Warriors 129, Clippers 110

The Dubs' average margin of victory was nearly 18 points.

In the second round, the Rockets beat the Warriors twice and every game was decided by six points or less.

Although Golden State swept Portland in the Western Conference finals, the Blazers had the following leads:
Game 2 = 17 points early in the third quarter
Game 3 = 18 points late in the second quarter
Game 4 = 17 points with less than two minutes left in the third quarter

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While you could make the argument that the Clippers gave a better challenge than the Blazers, the Rockets clearly were the most formidable foe.

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