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Steph Curry matches playoff career high with nine 3-pointers in Game 1

Steph Curry matches playoff career high with nine 3-pointers in Game 1

Steph Curry has been on quite the roll. 

The Warriors star followed up his dominant second-round series-ending performance with a 36-point effort in Tuesday's Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Curry led Golden State in scoring in its 116-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, and has scored 30-plus points in consecutive contests for the first time this postseason.

The two-time MVP also matched a playoff career high, draining nine 3-pointers for the second time in his playoff career. 

After scoring 17 points in a Game 3 loss to the Houston Rockets back in the second round, Curry has picked up his play in the meantime. Over the last four games including Tuesday, Curry is averaging 31 points per game on 46.2 percent shooting from the field and 39.2 percent from 3-point range. 

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In the last two games, the Warriors have been without reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant because he strained his right calf in Golden State's Game 5 win over Houston on May 8. But as NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh noted, Curry has picked up his pace when Durant's not on the floor. 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Durant is not yet close to returning, so Golden State will have to rely on Curry in order to secure a fifth consecutive NBA Finals berth. Tuesday's performance was just the latest indication he is capable of handling that responsibility.

Warriors' Kevon Looney gives up meat and gluten to combat neuropathy

Warriors' Kevon Looney gives up meat and gluten to combat neuropathy

In the summer of 2017, things clicked for Kevon Looney.

"I had to change my diet," the Warriors' big man revealed in March 2018. "Andre (Iguodala) was in my ear for two years about it. I finally listened to him and it paid off."

After registering career highs in nearly every statistical category last season, Looney was rewarded with a three-year contract worth $15 million.

Unfortunately, his 2019-20 campaign was derailed early in training camp because of a hamstring issue caused by a neuropathic condition he's been dealing with for a couple of years.

It turns out that another dietary change just might save Looney's career again.

As Ryan Gorcey of The Mercury News writes:

After he visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., last month, Looney ironed out a recovery plan. He went gluten-free and became a pescatarian (meat-free diets have been shown to help in many neuropathy cases). Kevin (Looney's father) served as Kevon’s personal chef, regularly cooking blackened catfish and baked salmon with vegetables and a side of potatoes.

Hopefully this makes the world of a difference for the 23-year-old.

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Since returning on Dec. 2, Looney is averaging just 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.1 minutes. He doesn't yet look like the guy Warriors head coach Steve Kerr repeatedly called a "foundational piece" during last year's playoffs.

Perhaps things start to turn around for Looney on Friday night in Utah, as he is starting against the Jazz with Draymond Green and Eric Paschall both sidelined.

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Warriors' Steve Kerr explains what Ky Bowman can work on in Santa Cruz

Warriors' Steve Kerr explains what Ky Bowman can work on in Santa Cruz

In case you missed the news from Thursday ...

...  Ky Bowman is not in Utah to face the Jazz on Friday night because he will be making his G League debut in Santa Cruz.

The two-way guard only has 13 days left with Golden State, so the team needs to be strategic about maximizing his time in the NBA.

So what does coach Steve Kerr want to see from Bowman when he's playing for the Sea Dubs?

"What Ky can continue to work on is just his point guard mentality," Kerr told reporters after shootaround Friday. "In college he really was a scoring one. In the NBA, I think his position right now is backup point guard -- which he did a great job of with us, especially picking up the ball full court (and) being a pest defensively -- that's critical as a backup point.

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

When D'Angelo Russell missed three games in early November, Bowman averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 assists, while shooting 53 percent from the field and nearly 42 percent from deep.

When Russell missed nine games from Nov. 17 to Dec. 2, Bowman averaged 12.6 points and 4.1 assists, while shooting 45.4 percent overall and over 42 percent from 3-point range.

But when Bowman has been the Warriors' backup point guard, his production understandably has dipped with decreased playing time in a different role.

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The Boston College product would be able to consistently put up huge scoring numbers in the G League. Nobody would question that.

But Kerr doesn't care if Bowman drops 50 points against the Sioux Falls Skyforce because he would prefer to see Bowman rack up 14 assists and six steals, and make sure the offense runs smoothly.

And in case you're curious:

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