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Giannis Antetokounmpo drops another hint about Steph Curry, Warriors

Giannis Antetokounmpo drops another hint about Steph Curry, Warriors

When analyzed separately, they're easy to discount as nothing of substance. But when combined all together, all of the hints Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has dropped about his affinity for Steph Curry -- and the Warriors, for that matter -- are very difficult to ignore.

The latest example came Saturday, when Antetokounmpo was choosing his squad for a game of NBA 2K20.

After cycling through a few teams, the Greek Freak finally landed on Golden State, with Curry the featured player.

"Yo, the O.G. is back in the building," Antetokounmpo said.

It's unclear if he was referring to himself or Curry, but what's not up for debate is who he wanted to play with. You can write it off as nothing, but there certainly appears to be a lot more there.

Just last month, Antetokounmpo was asked to name his favorite NBA players. He mentioned Curry -- twice.

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They seemed to thoroughly enjoy playing with each other in the All-Star Game last year, for which Antetokounmpo as captain picked Curry for his team. They also recently shared an intriguing postgame embrace, after which Antetokounmpo played coy and dodged questions about Warriors fans wearing his jersey. He also has had beef with one of Golden State's main rivals.

Again, it all could be nothing. Or, just maybe, it's a whole lot more than that. Either way, the Greek Freak-to-Warriors rumors will continue to swirl, particularly if he keeps dropping hints.

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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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