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Steph Curry calls Raptors’ defense 'janky' after Warriors’ Game 2 win

Steph Curry calls Raptors’ defense 'janky' after Warriors’ Game 2 win

In the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors changed up their defensive game plan against the Golden State Warriors.

The Raptors went with a box-and-1 in an attempt to shut down Stephen Curry.

Curry was held scoreless over the final 12 minutes Sunday night in Toronto, and the Warriors were held to just 21 points in the final quarter, but Golden State still managed to pull out the thrilling win to even the NBA Finals at one game apiece.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala hit the biggest shot of the night, a 3-pointer to seal the 109-104 win. Iguodala was left open on the wing because the Raptors swarmed Curry.

After the game, Curry was asked about the confidence he has in Iguodala, and he gave a pretty interesting answer.

"The whole fourth quarter, they were playing some janky defense, just trying to send bodies to me everywhere, and our whole roster just took advantage of it," Curry told ABC's Doris Burke. "Over the course of the game, it's kind of disrespectful to leave Andre Iguodala open like that with the game on the line. He's made big shots like that before, and he got it done tonight."

Curry's comments were brought to Raptors coach Nick Nurse’s attention during his postgame press conference.

"Well, we weren't disrespecting anybody," Nurse told the media. "We were up guarding hard, and we put two on Steph, and he almost threw it right to Kawhi [Leonard], right? It was pretty good defense, they were scrambling around, running around like crazy. And they found Iggy, right, and they found him, and like I said, if he's going to take that and give us a chance to get the ball back and win the game, we're going to probably live with that.

“It wasn't like we were disrespecting him and not trying to guard him. We were in a trap and rotating out of there, and again, I would like to go back and try that again about 10 times, and see if one of them doesn't go our way."

Nurse also admitted that the Raptors were trying to foul the Warriors before Iguodala's shot.

"We had a couple chances there on Draymond [Green], I think [Shaun] Livingston and then back to Draymond, and then Curry got it," Nurse said. "And we didn't want to foul, but we put a good blitz on him. We almost made him throw it away.

“And I think if they're going to take a shot and give you a chance there, I'm going to probably live with the one that ended up being taken. I'm going to probably roll with that.

"Probably we should have fouled before that, but like I said, he misses that, we call timeout, we go down with a chance to win the ball game unbelievably, somehow."

Curry, Iguodala and the Warriors head home with the NBA Finals tied, but they might be down a few more pieces. Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney both suffered injuries during the course of Game 2, and Kevin Durant still hasn't been cleared to play after missing the previous series.

Warriors sign former top pick Dragan Bender to 10-day contract

Warriors sign former top pick Dragan Bender to 10-day contract

The Warriors have filled one of their open roster spots.

Dragan Bender, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, siged  a 10-day contract with Golden State, the team announced Sunday.

The potential move was first reported Thursday.

As the Warriors season winds down, they plan to get a look at a number of players.

"I know we have a list of players who we'd like to take a look at," coach Steve Kerr told reporters Tuesday night. "We'll see how that all pans out.

"But there's a good chance that over the last couple months of the season we take a look at some different players. That's the idea."

Bender started the season with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he was waived Feb. 10 after appearing in just seven games.

The 22-year-old did play in 13 G League contests with the Wisconsin Herd, averaging 20.5 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting over 38 percent from deep.

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His best season was in 2017-18 when he averaged 6.5 points and 4.4 rebounds over 25.2 minutes per game.

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Andrew Wiggins is 'perfect piece' for Warriors, Tim Hardaway believes

Andrew Wiggins is 'perfect piece' for Warriors, Tim Hardaway believes

Ever since Andrew Wiggins arrived in the Bay Area, people have been speculating about his future with the Warriors.

Will they trade him as part of a package to acquire a star like Giannis Antetokounmpo? Is he an integral part of the next phase of the Warriors' dynasty?

Warriors legend Tim Hardaway is a huge fan of the acquisition and believes it'll help the Warriors get back to the top of the NBA next season.

"I think it was," Hardaway told TMZ Sports when asked if acquiring Wiggins was a good move. "Andrew Wiggins is gonna be real nice with them. Yes, he is. Perfect piece, no question!"

The Warriors have had an awful season. Klay Thompson will miss the entire campaign after tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last season, Steph Curry broke his hand during the fourth game of the year and has been out ever since.

As a result, the Dubs currently sit at the bottom of the NBA with a 12-44 record. But they traded D'Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves' first-round draft pick in 2021 (top-three protected). The pick becomes unprotected in 2022, which is expected to be the "double draft."

For his part, Wiggins has been brilliant since slipping on a Warriors uniform. In four games with the Dubs, he's averaging 22.7 points per game while shooting 57.9 percent overall and 52.6 percent from 3-point range. He's impressed head coach Steve Kerr who has said he's picked Golden State's offense up faster than anyone Kerr has coached.

Wiggins gets a bad rap because of the massive contract he has, but he still is just 24 years old and has loads of potential. Now free of the T-Wolves' dysfunction, Wiggins can focus not on being the savior of a franchise, but on doing his part and helping the Dubs make the long climb back to the top of the league when Curry and Thompson both are back on the course next season. 

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This season has been one to forget for the Warriors.

But Hardaway thinks Wiggins is exactly the piece the Warriors need to continue their run of dominance when healthy.

With the early returns, it's hard to argue with the NBA legend,