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Scott Van Pelt torches Steph Curry haters after incredible Game 1

Scott Van Pelt torches Steph Curry haters after incredible Game 1

Scott Van Pelt has just about had it with all the Internet tough guys throwing shade at Steph Curry. 

The Warriors point guard is the most under-appreciated superstar in sports, and anytime he has an off night in the playoffs, a gang of people who were cut from their middle school basketball team pile on the two-time NBA MVP.

Such was the case during the Dubs' second-round series against the Rockets. Through five-and-a-half games, Curry was mired in a horrible shooting slump that was made worse by the dislocated finger on his guide hand.

The slump, however, ended with a bang in Game 6 against the Rockets when Curry poured in 33 second-half points to eliminate Houston.

Curry's hot shooting continued Tuesday night at Oracle Arena when he scored 36 points and hit nine 3-pointers to lead the Warriors to a 116-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

After Curry's lethal display from deep, Van Pelt torched Curry's haters in an epic "SportsCenter" highlight read.

"Meanwhile, Steph," Van Pelt. "How's that Steph slander working out for all y'all people? You guys still having fun with the jokes? We still doing the jokes on the internet still? Yeah, keep eating these three. This is for all y'all who got jokes about Steph."

*mic drop*

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No need to say anything else.

Why Warriors should be happy Raptors beat Bucks in Game 3 of East finals

Why Warriors should be happy Raptors beat Bucks in Game 3 of East finals

Publicly, the Warriors have no rooting interest in the Eastern Conference. Why would they?

They're one win away from reaching their fifth straight NBA Finals and in the midst of one of the greatest sports dynasties of all time. 

What they should want, however, is a long series between the Bucks and the Raptors. That's exactly why Golden State should be happy Toronto beat Milwaukee 118-112 in double overtime in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Sunday. 

After the Bucks dominated the Raptors in the first two games of the series by a combined 30 points in Milwaukee, Toronto held them off north of the border. This series is guaranteed to go at least five games now. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo played 45 minutes before fouling out and the Raptors were led by Kawhi Leonard's 36 points over 52 minutes. 

A longer series and more minutes played by the two superstars is a win-win for the Warriors. 

Despite winning five straight games and being ahead three-games-to-none over the Blazers in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors are without two of their top players. Forward Kevin Durant is rehabbing a strained right calf and center DeMarcus Cousins is on his way back from a torn left quad. 

Durant didn't travel with the team to Portland and will be out for Game 4 on Monday night. Cousins, however, is said to be closer than KD in making a return to the Dubs

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Even without the two stars, the Warriors have been on a roll. But players, and even one mother, know how important Durant and Cousins are in the team's attempt to three-peat.

The NBA Finals don't begin until May 30. The Warriors can have over a week to rest and get healthy if they sweep the Blazers. At the same time, their opponent could be significantly less rested, especially if the Raptors keep winning.

Draymond Green's mom agrees Warriors need Kevin Durant for NBA Finals

Draymond Green's mom agrees Warriors need Kevin Durant for NBA Finals

The Warriors are rolling right now. Whether it's the Splash Brothers heating up from deep, or Draymond Green doing it, the Blazers have had no answers for them in the Western Conference finals. 

And they're doing it all without Kevin Durant, the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP. 

Without Durant, the Warriors are looking like the squad that won a ring and set a NBA record with 73 regular-season wins without him. None of that matters, though. When you can have one of the greatest to ever play the game on your team, you welcome him with wide open arms. 

Draymond Green's mother, Mary Babers-Green, agrees. 

Like mother, like son. 

With Durant rehabbing a strained right calf in the Warriors' last four games, all wins, Draymond has averaged 14 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. Don't tell him the Warriors are better without KD, though. 

“That’s idiotic,” Green said to The Athletic's Tim Kawakami Thursday after the Warriors' 114-111 win in Game 2 over the Blazers. “It’s very idiotic. I don’t think there’s one person in this locker room, one person in this organization that thinks that. And I know for damn sure that any idiot that does possibly (say) it don’t believe it.”

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Durant will miss Game 4 on Monday. A Warriors win would give them a sweep and well over a week of rest before the NBA Finals begin on May 30.