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Beverley: 'Definitely going to be fun' guarding Curry

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Beverley: 'Definitely going to be fun' guarding Curry

OAKLAND -- In every NBA series, there is always an x-factor. There is a player that can either make or break a series. For the Houston Rockets, that player isn’t Dwight Howard or James Harden, those two will get their numbers. For Houston, the man of hour is Patrick Beverley.

The rugged point guard out of the University of Arkansas plays with a grit that is lost in today’s NBA game. In a league filled with scoring point guards, Beverley is a throwback. He’s an old school, in your face kind of guard that gets into you from the moment the ball is tipped.

Beverley is taxed with slowing NBA-MVP Stephen Curry, a player that is completely changing the landscape of the game of basketball.

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“I don’t think it’s a single individual, I think it’s a team effort,” Beverley told CSN Bay Area on Saturday before Game 1. “He’s making a lot of shots. I just want to give him a lot of hands and contest his jump shots.”

Curry finished the season as the league’s leading scorer averaging 30.1 points per game. He blew away his own record of 286 3-pointers set last season, dropping in 402 shots from behind the arc this year. His quickness and ball handling make him tough to guard and his ability to launch from anywhere on the court opens up everything for the Warriors.

“Our pick up point has to be high,” Beverley said of how he will approach the league’s best player. “I have to be aggressive and show him a lot of bodies and contain everything he shoots.”

Beverley will rely heavily on his teammates to slow Curry, but it all starts and ends with him. For much of the contest Beverley will pick Curry up in the backcourt and try to get the ball out of his hands. If you give Curry an inch, he’ll let it fly and Beverley knows that all too well.

“You have to pick him up on the other end,” Beverley said. “He’s proven to make shots at the end of the shot clock and at the end of the quarter from the other end.”

This is the matchup to watch. It’s more important than Harden vs. Klay Thompson or Howard vs. Andrew Bogut. If Beverley and the Rockets can slow Curry, the Warriors become slightly more beatable. If Curry gets loose, it’s game over for Houston.

“It won’t be an easy task, but it’s definitely going to be fun,” Beverley said.

Six under-radar free agents Warriors could pursue signing in offseason

Six under-radar free agents Warriors could pursue signing in offseason

The Warriors need to shore up their depth at key positions if they intend to make a run at the NBA title next season.

If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy next season, the front office will have to mix and match with what they already have filling out the roster, bringing in new additions with limited money to spend.The Warriors will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts at their disposal to hand out to unrestricted free agents.

We already examined the guards, wings and big men who clearly could interest the Warriors. But what about the free agents who might not immediately catch your eye?

With limited salary-cap room at their disposal, perhaps those are the exact type of players the Warriors should pursue.

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NBA rumors: Warriors wouldn't have let Steph Curry play in Orlando

NBA rumors: Warriors wouldn't have let Steph Curry play in Orlando

The NBA reportedly is considering creating a second "bubble" in Chicago for the eight teams that were not included in the Orlando bubble as part of the league's expanded playoff format. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Thursday that Golden State potentially would participate, despite coach Steve Kerr previously insisting that the Dubs would not be interested in such a setup.

It remains to be seen if the second bubble actually will take place, but even if it does, it sure seems like you won't be seeing Steph Curry play in it. ESPN's Jackie MacMullan reported he wouldn't have played in Orlando had the Warriors qualified, and it begs the question as to why Chicago would be any different.

"I was told unequivocally by people at Golden State," MacMullan said Thursday on the "Hoop Collective" podcast, "if Golden State came back (to play in Orlando) they weren't gonna let Steph Curry step foot on the floor."

"The reason they were worried about Steph Curry," MacMullan added, "was because they didn't feel that he had played enough to come back."

So, there you have it. The Warriors arguably would have very little to gain from participating in the Chicago bubble, and given that there is no championship at stake -- like there is in Orlando -- Golden State doesn't have much motivation to send its star veteran players, especially those that are returning from injury.

Curry played in precisely one of the Warriors' final 61 games before the season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic after returning from a broken wrist. And if he isn't going to play, you can bet Klay Thompson -- who would be returning from a torn ACL -- won't either.

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Draymond Green previously said that he would have played in Orlando, but if the Splash Brothers are out, why would Golden State risk the health of the other remaining piece of its championship core?

The Warriors need to find a way to stay in basketball shape and continue developing chemistry over what is going to be an extremely long layoff before the start of next season. But if Curry, Thompson and Green aren't involved, then that kind of ruins the whole point.

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