Steph Curry has cheeky prediction for Warriors-Cavs rematch in Chicago bubble

Steph Curry has cheeky prediction for Warriors-Cavs rematch in Chicago bubble

If the NBA goes forward with a second "bubble" in Chicago this fall, the plan would include two teams who were innately familiar with one another last decade.

The Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers played one another in four consecutive NBA Finals from 2015 through 2018, but the league's once-mighty cross-conference rivalry has, uh, fallen just a bit over the last two years. The Cavs immediately returned to the league's cellar when prodigal son LeBron James left for the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Warriors joined them there this season after Steph Curry played just five games and Klay Thompson played none.

A rematch of the NBA's preeminent Finals matchup of the previous decade doesn't sound very appealing, especially for a meaningless set of exhibition games. Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. attempted to drum up enthusiasm any way he could, and Curry responded with a (not really) bold prediction of his own.

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The Warriors' second matchup with the Cavaliers this season never happened, since the NBA paused the season due to the coronavirus pandemic about a month before the Cavs' scheduled first trip to Chase Center on April 8. Golden State handled Cleveland without Curry on Feb. 1, beating Nance and Co. 131-112.

That bodes well for any lowly-anticipated rematch, as it's hard to imagine Curry making the trip to the Windy City. The Warriors reportedly wouldn't have let Curry play in Orlando had Golden State been asked to finish its season, and those games would have had some meaning. Curry -- or Thompson and Draymond Green, for the matter -- participating in a reportedly voluntary training camp with exhibition games doesn't seem realistic.

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It's also unclear if a second bubble will actually happen. NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh tweeted Thursday that a source said they'd be "surprised" if the eight teams not participating in Orlando actually got together, and another said there was "definitely no consensus" among the Warriors, Cavaliers and their eliminated peers.

In the meantime, at least we have jokes.

Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Andre Iguodala had a very ...

... Andre-Iguodala-like performance in the Miami Heat's 112-106 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

The former Warriors forward registered six points (2-for-6 FG), eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

With fewer than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, he turned back the clock a little bit.

Steph Curry shared the highlight in an Instagram story, and included the perfect caption.

Curry -- the only unanimous MVP in NBA history -- and Iguodala -- the 2015 NBA Finals MVP -- are avid golfers, and even played a round together at Augusta National Golf Club (the site of the Masters) in February 2016.

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Iguodala became a golf fanatic shortly after he joined the Warriors in July 2013.

"I gotta give all the credit to (former Golden State assistant coach) Pete Myers," Iguodala said in March 2018. "Once I got here, I really wanted to learn how to play ... Pete Myers taught me how to hit a draw.

"And we would just go to the range and hit balls ... he kinda got me hooked and that was all she wrote."

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And one year later, he made one thing crystal clear.

Those were good times.

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Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

When the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins at the NBA trade deadline in February, it was not a decision that universally was applauded. 

There still are people who disagree with Golden State's decision to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft. But even those who are skeptical about Wiggins' future would admit that he played well in a Dubs uniform this season.

"I wasn't surprised at all about what we saw because I've coached against him," Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." "The biggest thing for us was all about what you need today to win games. The game has changed so much and it's so hard to guard ... you gotta have size and versatility on the wings.

"Multiple-positional defenders who can guard their position, but also guard two or three other positions. Andrew has the size and athleticism to do exactly that. He was an excellent defender for us, and played really well offensively.

"He may not be an MVP candidate, but he's a damn good player. He fits right in with what we're trying to do."

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 12 games with Golden State, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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Additionally, his 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game both would be career highs over a full season.

With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates, Wiggins won't feel consistent heat to deliver big scoring outputs. Will there be times when the Warriors need him to step up and take over offensively? Yes.

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But overall, he's going to have the luxury of being able to take on a more comfortable role that suits his game.

"He just wants to play basketball and have fun, and have no pressure on him," former Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway said in June. "This is the team to be on to do that, and he's going to excel.

"He's going to be all right."

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