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Steph Curry MRI comes back clean, but Warriors star ruled out vs. Nets

Steph Curry MRI comes back clean, but Warriors star ruled out vs. Nets

Warriors fans can take a deep breath with a sigh of relief.

Steph Curry, who left Thursday night's Warriors loss early with an adductor strain, will be OK. 

The MRI on Curry's groin came back clean Friday. He is listed as day to day, and will miss the Warriors' next game Saturday against the Nets. 

"The MRI looked good," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday to reporters, "in terms of not being too serious. He's not going to play tomorrow." 

This all is good news for Curry and the Warriors. While Curry isn't expected to be out for a lengthy period, Kerr cautioned the Warriors will not rush the guard back on the court. 

"It's something that we're gonna evaluate over the next few days," Kerr said. "He's still sore. It's a strained groin, basically. The MRI was encouraging. It will be kind of a day-to-day thing. Obviously, we won't do anything crazy. He's gonna be out until he's healthy and ready to go." 

Curry left at the 3:41 mark in the third quarter of the Warriors' 134-111 loss to the Bucks. He scored a season-low 10 points in the loss

The Warriors also will be without Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston against the Nets. 

NBA rumors: Warriors using 'IQ tests' during Zoom draft interviews

NBA rumors: Warriors using 'IQ tests' during Zoom draft interviews

NBA teams use a variety of methods to evaluate prospects during the pre-draft process. Private workouts, one-on-one meetings and team-hosted scrimmages help front office personnel make their assessments on each player.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, NBA teams have been forced to resort to unique methods for appraising the 2020 draft class. The Warriors reportedly are among a handful of teams resorting to “IQ tests” as a method this offseason, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman reported earlier this week.

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General manager Bob Myers likely will be in possession of a top-five pick whenever the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery takes place, so it’s understandable that he and his staff would want a full and thorough evaluation of whoever the Warriors select.

Golden State seems to be trying to maximize the limited amount of interaction each NBA team is allowed to have given the pandemic.

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Steve Kerr believes Warriors' 73-win NBA record never will be broken

Steve Kerr believes Warriors' 73-win NBA record never will be broken

Steve Kerr knows winning. Not only has he won eight NBA titles -- five as a player and three as a coach -- he also had his hand in the two winningest regular seasons of all time. 

Kerr averaged 8.4 points off the bench and played in all 82 regular season games in the 1995-96 season when the Chicago Bulls set a new record by winning 72 regular-season games. Fast forward 20 years and Kerr coached the Warriors to a 73-win regular season, to break his and the Bulls' record. 

So, does Kerr believe any team can top 73 wins?

"It was just a stunning season, and it's such an amazing accomplishment," Kerr said Friday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "I just don't think it's possible to break that record. Of course, I didn't think 72 would be broken."

There of course is one big difference, though.

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The Bulls went on to beat the Seattle Supersonics in six games to be crowned champs. And the Warriors blew a three-games-to-one lead in the Finals, losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5.

"I know are guys were proud of it, but we didn't validate it with a title," Kerr said. "As a result, we just have a small banner in our practice facility commemorating it. That's kind of how it should be I think. We can look back at it and remember a great season, but we didn't quite get it done.

"So it definitely loses a bit of its luster."

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Bulls players wore shirts that read "Don't mean a thing without the ring" in the '96 playoffs, and then went out and got it done. Golden State overcame its own 3-1 deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals before being on the wrong side of history the next series.

The banner will remain hanging just as 3-1 jokes and memes are here to stay. Both seasons were historic, but only one completed the job.