Steph Curry knows he has no room for error with Warriors this season

Steph Curry knows he has no room for error with Warriors this season

Warriors superstar Steph Curry understands the situation he and his team are in this season.

The two-time NBA MVP is well aware that the margin for error isn't what it used to be.

"In years past, maybe I have an inefficient game -- don't shoot the ball well, get a couple assists or whatever -- we may still win that game because we have experience and talent and whatnot," Curry said to The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on "The TK Show" podcast. "This year, if I -- for lack of a better term -- s--t the bed, it's gonna be really hard for us to win games.

"So I accept that challenge for sure and understand what kind of player I need to be."

Depending on who is in uniform for the Dubs and who they are facing, it might be hard for them to win certain games even if Curry drops 50 points.

The Western Conference is embarrassingly loaded, and teams are going to want to stick it to the Warriors now that they are vulnerable.

Curry needs to be "2015-16 Unanimous MVP Steph" in order for Golden State to feel really good about its chances to lock in a playoff berth.

"I never put that much pressure on myself to say, 'I gotta be MVP' because I know that's kind of out of your control," the six-time All-Star said. "I always look at myself when I walk off the floor and say, 'Did I play well?'

"It sounds cliche but that's literally how I approach [each game]. Definitely understand if I'm playing the way I'm supposed to play and we're winning games, that I should be in that conversation.

"That's what I hope for and I'm doing everything in my power to make it happen."

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And don't worry Warriors fans: The three-time NBA champion also is well aware that he will need to be more aggressive at times when it comes to calling his own number.

"Might mean I need to take more shots or kind of force the issue a little bit if things kind of get stagnant for us as a team," he added. "It's not like I'm playing with any more intensity now than I would have in past years, it just might look a little different."

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Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Russell is rapidly approaching a date some NBA observers have circled since the Warriors acquired him this summer.

Golden State can trade Russell as soon as Sunday, Dec. 15, and the 23-year-old has been the source of trade speculation during his time in the Bay Area. The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported Wednesday, citing sources that the Minnesota Timberwolves "remain interested in Russell" and that the guard "seems to be realistic in understanding that he may not be long for the Warriors once Steph Curry and Klay Thompson return to full health."

Russell is averaging a career-high 22.4 points per game this season to go with 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, serving as the top offensive option in the absence of his All-Star teammates. He knew he wouldn't play much with Thompson this season as he recovers from a torn ACL, but Curry's broken hand threw a wrench into the Warriors' -- and thus Russell's -- prospects this season. Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised how Russell has handled the rumors surrounding him. 

"Money doesn't buy peace of mind," Kerr said Friday morning (H/T San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau). "It doesn't buy a sense of belonging, a sense of, 'Alright, this is my team.' If there's speculation that you're going to be traded all the time, I don't care how much money you make, I don't care who you are. That's tough. That's no fun to deal with, and this season has been nowhere close to what D'Angelo thought it would be when he first signed with us.

"There's no Steph. We're struggling to win games. He's had his own injuries, and we're throwing all kinds of different lineups out there based on the other injuries we've faced." 

Russell has played in just 15 of the Warriors' 27 games this season, playing on a team that looks far more like the Los Angeles Lakers of his first two seasons than the playoff-contending Brooklyn Nets a year ago -- let alone the reigning Western Conference champion Warriors. 

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Kerr, who entered this season with the highest winning percentage in NBA history (.785), is as aware of Golden State's dramatically different reality as anyone. He said it has only brought out the best in Russell. 

"So given all that, he's played really well, and he's been a great teammate and he's doing everything he needs to do to solidify his position here," Kerr continued. "But this is the NBA here, and we never know what's coming, what's happening. So, it's a difficult position to be in in general, but for him in particular it's strange set of circumstances and he's handling it really well." 

Whether or not the Warriors trade Russell, it's clear Kerr holds him in high regard.

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Warriors two-way guard Ky Bowman made his G League debut Friday night in Santa Cruz.

He dominated the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. 

The Boston College product could have scored 40 points if he really wanted to, but he picked his spots and made sure his teammates were getting good looks.

After shootaround in Utah on Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked what Bowman can work on while he's with the Sea Dubs.

"He's got a really aggressive mindset -- which I like -- but there are still circumstances and situations where he needs to think more pass," Kerr said. "And more strategic, rather than just score, score, score."

Bowman clearly listened to the eight-time NBA champion.

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Also, "Sky Bowman" was on full display.

The 22-year-old will be back in action Sunday afternoon as Santa Cruz faces the Northern Arizona Suns. Watch the game at 2:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

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