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Curry passes former Warriors great on career 3-point list

Curry passes former Warriors great on career 3-point list

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PORTLAND – It was just a matter of time before Warriors point guard Stephen Curry surpassed a popular former Warrior on the NBA’s all-time list for 3-point shots.

That time came Tuesday night in Portland, as Curry in the third quarter against the Trail Blazers passed Jason Richardson to move into 18th place on the list.

Curry entered the game needing four 3-pointers to overtake Richardson, who retired with 1,608 triples. Curry drilled his fourth with 3:22 left in the third quarter. He scored 23 points in the third quarter.

Next up on Curry’s list is another retired player with Warriors ties: player development consultant Steve Nash, who is in 17th place with 1,685 3-pointers. Of the 17 players ahead of Curry, eight are still active, while one — Reggie Miller — is already a Hall of Fame inductee. 

The list is as follows: 

1. Ray Allen      2973
2. Reggie Miller 2560
3. Jason Terry*  2169
4. Paul Pierce*   2128
5. Jason Kidd     1988
6. Vince Carter*  1938
7. Jamal Crawford* 1934
8. Kyle Korver*  1891
9. Joe Johnson*    1836
10. Chauncey Billups 1830
11. Kobe Bryant   1827
12. Rashard Lewis 1787
13. Peja Stojakovic 1760
14. Dale Ellis     1719
15. Dirk Nowitzki*  1705
16. J.R. Smith*     1687
17. Steve Nash     1685 
18. Stephen Curry*  1609

Kyrie Irving details why the Celtics can beat the Warriors in a seven-game series

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Kyrie Irving details why the Celtics can beat the Warriors in a seven-game series

The Warriors have the best odds of winning the 2019 title.

The Celtics have the second best odds.

Kyrie Irving is confident that his squad will be hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy in June.

"Can we beat Golden State in a seven-game series? Yes," Irving told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan. "Because of who we have, and what we're establishing here, not just for this season, but for hopefully for the next few years, something that's pretty special.

"I've played against Golden State in three straight Finals -- two that I was able to participate in -- and seeing them evolve, with the talent they have, and then adding DeMarcus Cousins, it's like 'OK, the whole league is on notice.'

"But there's one factor that they're aware of, and I'm aware of, and that's that I've seen them up close. I've played them so many times. We've gone in a seven-game series so I know what it takes."

Yes he does.

Over Games 3 through 7 in the 2016 Finals, Kyrie averaged 30.8 points and 4.4 assists while shooting just under 51 percent from the field (he also made a kind of important shot late in Game 7).

The five-time All-Star averaged 29.4 points and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting in the 2017 Finals.

Over the past couple of years, the Warriors' star players have consistently praised Kyrie and they genuinely respect his game.

The feeling is mutual as Kyrie understands the immense challenge that lies ahead.

"How do I communicate to our guys that this is the top-tier team, and we have to grow immensely in the next six months to beat them consistently? Not just one game, not just two, but in a seven-game series, because they're so dang great," Kyrie said. "They're a powerhouse."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Tyler Ulis signing with Warriors instead of Kings, Rockets

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Report: Tyler Ulis signing with Warriors instead of Kings, Rockets

The Warriors still are waiting on Patrick McCaw to sign his qualifying offer, but they reportedly brought in some backcourt depth in the meantime.

The two-time defending champions are set to sign ex-Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis to an Exhibit 10 contract, according to The Athletic and ESPN. Ulis chose to sign with the Warriors over the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, ESPN's Marc Spears reported Friday.

Ulis averaged 7.8 points and 23.4 minutes per game in 71 appearances with the Suns last season. He started 43 games, two of which came in April against the Warriors. 

The 22-year-old, whom the Suns drafted in the second round in 2016, figures to have a tough time cracking the Warriors' rotation. Point guards Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston and Quinn Cook all will be ahead of him on the depth chart, and Ulis' lack of size (5-foot-10, 150 pounds) makes time at the other guard spot unlikely. 

That explains his contract, then. An Exhibit 10 deal means that Ulis will receive a bonus of up to $50,000 if he signs with the G-League Santa Cruz after the Warriors waive him, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks' explainer of the deal. Ulis' deal also can become a two-way contract, minus the bonus.