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Steph Curry must stop fouling if Warriors want to reach ultimate goal

Steph Curry must stop fouling if Warriors want to reach ultimate goal

LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Curry seems to be in a rut.

Through the first four games of the NBA playoff first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Warriors star has struggled to stay on the floor because of foul trouble. The problem even has caused Curry to etch the words "don't" and "reach" on his Under Armour Curry 6 sneakers.

That two-word mantra is something Curry can take heed in as the postseason progresses.

"He just hasn't been focused," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Sunday's 113-105 Game 4 win at Staples Center.

Curry has accumulated 17 total fouls in the series. In Game 4, he committed four fouls -- three in the first half, with two coming in the first quarter.

Curry has shown throughout his career that he has a habit for the dramatic. Four years ago -- in a regular-season game against the Clippers -- he dribbled through the hands of LA defenders before shooting a contested 3-pointer with 10 seconds left on the shot clock, much to Kerr's chagrin. The shot went in, leaving Kerr and the rest of the league a lasting image of Curry's mentality. However, that same strategy occasionally leads to the guard being overly aggressive on defense, as evidenced over his last four outings.

"The same thing that makes him not hesitate to shoot a fadeaway 30-footer maybe is the same thing that gets him in foul trouble," Kerr said. "You know, he doesn't overthink much, and so he's just gotten into a habit lately of reaching, and instead of showing his hands and trusting the help behind him."

Curry switched into a neon green pair of Curry 6s during the halftime break, and it seemed to change his defensive habits. He committed only one foul in the second half in an effort to offset shooting 3 of 14 from the field.

"I didn't really put myself in bad positions," Curry said. "In the whole second half, I was able to play aggressive on the ball and play defense without fouling."

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Curry has proven that he's prone to taking big risks on the court and cashing in on big rewards. But now, for Curry and the Warriors to be successful, he'll have to stay on the floor and not in foul trouble. 

"I need to continue to focus on it," Curry said. "But good call or bad call, I need to not put myself in bad positions."

Willie Cauley-Stein has need for speed after 'Top Gun' trailer release

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Willie Cauley-Stein has need for speed after 'Top Gun' trailer release

Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein wants to take the highway to the danger zone on his way to Chase Center next season. 

Golden State's new big man tweeted a clip from the "Top Gun: Maverick" trailer Thursday afternoon, and the 25-year-old definitely has the need ... the need for speed. 

That'd be one way to take Warriors fans' breath away. 

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Cauley-Stein told the Warriors he would be their wingman big man any day earlier this summer, signing a one-year deal worth a little more than the veteran's minimum because he couldn't turn down the chance to play with Steph Curry and Co. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game with the Kings last season, but his ego arguably wrote a check his play couldn't cash after telling reporters last September that he was "ready to get paid."

Still, the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has plenty of potential, and will have plenty of motivation next season on a prove-it deal. If it is a strong enough combination to bring out the best in Cauley-Stein, he could find that loving feeling on the free-agent market next summer. 

Watch Steph Curry get soaked in dunk tank at 'Eat. Learn. Play.' event

Watch Steph Curry get soaked in dunk tank at 'Eat. Learn. Play.' event

Some NBA players can say they have dunked on Steph Curry, but can they say they dunked the Warriors star?

Curry and his wife Ayesha launched their "Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation" at a kickoff event in Oakland on Thursday, hosting nearly 1,000 kids for a day of activities. One of those activities was a dunk tank, and the two Currys -- one of whom forms one half of the Splash Brothers -- got very wet.  

The foundation aims to bring out the best in children "By fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring access to education and enabling active lifestyles," according to its mission statement.

"[The kids are] having fun today, but obviously the back-end -- we're trying to create programs and do stuff that helps the entire youth in Oakland and the Bay Area," Steph said Thursday. "So, you gotta have energy for that."

Steph spent the first entirety of his first decade in the NBA in Oakland, but he and the Warriors will move to San Francisco's Chase Center next season. Despite the pending move, Ayesha said staying active in community efforts in The Town is necessary for the family.

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"We hope to always be involved in this community," she said. "It's important to us." 

That community is better for their endeavors, and the Currys were wetter for theirs Thursday.