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Steph Curry 'proud' of how Draymond Green, Kevin Durant handled incident

Steph Curry 'proud' of how Draymond Green, Kevin Durant handled incident

Steph Curry addressed the Draymond Green-Kevin Durant situation for the first time since the Warriors teammates had their dust-up Monday in Los Angeles, then sorted things out in the days afterward.

Though he still was out Saturday in Dallas, Curry met with the media prior to the Warriors' game against the Mavericks, and he was asked what the mood has been like around the team the last week.

"It's been different. It's been tough," he said. "Obviously, it sucks not being able to play. It sucks not being with the team when something like that happens. But I think the way we've handled it as a team, the way Draymond is handling, the way KD is handling it has been nothing but professionalism and understand that it's about the team.

"And the conversations we've all had, whether it's one-on-one, as a team, it's keeping that in mind, we have an opportunity to do something really special this year. There's going to be ups and downs, bumps in the road, whether it's self-inflicted or from the outside, and at the end of the day, nothing should distract us from what our goal is.

"Guys are going to continue to get to a place where we can move forward and get back to who we are as a team, and honestly, once we get over these injuries, we'll be able to show what we're about as a team and do it together. I'm extremely proud of how we've handled this last week because there was an opportunity to implode and crumble, but that's not going to happen."

Green and Durant have been friends long before they teamed up on the Warriors. Curry spoke about the relationship between the two All-Stars.

"They have a lot of equity built in that relationship," Curry said. "We've won championships together, they've brought out the best in each other. Obviously, I don't think they've had an incident to this level, but you don't have the experiences you've had and go through the journey we've been on and let it be derailed by something like that.

"Obviously, from a personal standpoint, there are things that need to be worked through, and that's like any relationship in life. But at the end of the day, they both understand that neither of them is going to be the reason we don't win a championship this year. I can roll with that."

Curry, who is recovering from a strained left groin, wasn't with the team in Los Angeles when Green and Durant went at each other in the huddle at the end of regulation against the Clippers.

"It's tough because I want to be there with my brothers, in terms of, when stuff goes down, win, lose or draw, I want to experience it all," Curry said. "Injuries are tough, and they are part of the game. That's obviously the reason I wasn't there. Like I said, the way we responded and moved forward, can be nothing more than proud of how we handled it.

Curry is the Warriors' leader. Despite the fact that he has been ruled out for all three games in Texas, the team made sure to bring him along for the trip to try to play peacemaker.

Curry talked about his role in keeping things together.

"Like every other guy on the team, obviously, I'm a leader," he said. "I've been through a lot with these guys. I've been here the longest. I understand exactly what the culture is that we've created here, and I'm not going to let that fall from one incident. I can talk about all the different conversations that have happened, whether I've been included or not, but again, this is about how we move forward.

"I just like the vibe. When I was in Houston on the bench, guys know how to have fun, how to enjoy themselves and understand what a special group we have and not let that fall by the wayside."

Curry has been doing drills on this road trip. He worked out and got shots up in Houston and Dallas, and he's expected to be re-evaluated by the training staff on Nov. 24.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in nail-biting 125-123 win vs. Kings

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in nail-biting 125-123 win vs. Kings

OAKLAND -- The fourth time against the Kings was no different from the previous three for the Warriors, who once again needed all the moxie their championship DNA could muster.

This one wasn’t over until Kings guard Buddy Hield was short on a jumper with two seconds remaining, allowing the Warriors to escape with a 125-123 victory Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

All five Warriors starters scored in double digits, led by Stephen Curry’s 36 points and 28 more from Kevin Durant.

The Warriors (42-16) concluded the season series with a 4-0 record against Sacramento (30-28), the four games decided by a total of 12 points.

Here are three quick takeaways from another thriller:

The superstars shall lead

When all else fails, turn everything over to Curry and Durant. What a luxury.

Curry was the closer, scoring 11 points in the final seven minutes. He was 12-of-23 from the field, including 10-of-16 from deep and 2-of-2 from the line. He also recorded seven assists. He played 36 minutes and was plus-six.

Durant scored 17 of his points in the first half, 13 in the opening quarter. He was 10-of-20 from the field, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc and 7-of-7 from the line. Durant also totaled nine rebounds and a career-high seven blocks.  He played 37 minutes and finished plus-seven.

On a night when the Kings proved yet again that they are to be taken seriously, the Warriors surely understand that their greatest offensive advantage is having Curry and Durant to pour in the points at critical times.

Second-unit blues

One of the goals for the Warriors over these final weeks of the regular season is finding an effective second unit, one capable of holding, if not extending leads built largely on the exploits of Curry and Durant.

That need was on full display in the second quarter. The Warriors entered with a 35-30 lead it took only three minutes -- and a 15-5 run by Sacramento -- to fall behind 45-40.

The Kings pushed the lead to 11 (54-43). The Warriors were down eight (54-46) when coach Steve Kerr turned to the Hamptons 5 (Curry, Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson), who outscored the Kings 14-8 over the final four minutes of the half.

Sure, they missed Shaun Livingston, who was at home with his wife, who is expected to deliver their second child at any time.

But the second unit dug a hole the Warriors spent the rest of the evening trying to climb out of and didn’t gain another five-point lead until 6:36 remained.

Near-death by turnover

Maybe it was because this is the first game after a week-long break. Or maybe it was because after three previous games, the Warriors still haven’t adjusted to the quickness of the Kings.

But the live-ball turnovers just . . . kept . . . coming. They committed a total of 15 giveaways -- including an astonishing 11 in the first half -- off which Sacramento scored 22 points.

Durant and Curry each committed three, while Thompson, Kevon Looney and Cousins each coughed up two.

It was enough to keep the Kings in the game.

Turnovers are a pet peeve of Kerr's, and the Warriors spent most of January and early February keeping them to a minimum. They reverted to the worst of themselves in that regard Thursday night.

Warriors, Steph Curry's reactions to his dunk vs. Kings say it all

Warriors, Steph Curry's reactions to his dunk vs. Kings say it all

Steph Curry dunked in the first quarter on Thursday against the Kings, and he was just as surprised as you were.

With the Warriors up four midway through the opening frame, Curry cut to the basket. Kevin Durant found the two-time MVP wide-open under the basket, and Curry elevated for a two-handed slam.

His reaction said it all. 

Is this the start of a new Steph? Curry closed out the All-Star Game last weekend with a reverse two-handed jam, and has now dunked in his first game back. 

If that's the case, his teammates probably won't have the same reaction as they did on Thursday. 

Jeez, act like you've been there before.