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Steph Curry reflects on a moment he realized what Warriors were becoming

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Steph Curry reflects on a moment he realized what Warriors were becoming

Programming note: Watch Friday night's Warriors-Bucks game streaming live at 5:00 p.m. PT on the MyTeams app.

Are you old enough to remember when the Warriors went 73-9 in 2015-16? Are you old enough to remember when the Warriors started that season with 24 straight wins?

It was absolutely nuts.

The Warriors are back in Milwaukee for a showdown with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Friday night. And on Thursday morning, Anthony Slater of The Athletic published an oral history of the 24-0 streak that ended on Dec. 12, 2015 in...

... Milwaukee.

It was the second of a back-to-back after Golden State won the night before in double overtime in Boston. It was a "schedule loss" personified.

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Here is an excerpt from The Athletic's article that highlights the Warriors' rise to global phenomenon:

They eventually landed and shuttled to The Pfister, their downtown Milwaukee hotel. Pretty much everyone agrees it was 4 a.m. or later when they got there. Snowflakes were falling. It was frigid when they exited the bus.  

Klay Thompson: Oh, yeah, that was a cold winter. Brutal winter.  

Draymond Green: There were like 500 people waiting for us outside when we got to the hotel.  

Steph Curry: OK, that might’ve been the moment when I realized what we were becoming. These people were crazy, out here in the elements. It was their one chance to see us in Milwaukee, all these Eastern Conference cities. I’d never seen that many people in a, quote-unquote, small-market city show up like that, especially at that time. It was pretty crazy.

The Warriors lost to the Bucks later that night, 108-95, thanks in large part to Greg Monroe's 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (I certainly do not remember Monroe's performance).

"Honestly, we shouldn’t have lost," Iguodala told The Athletic. "I remember that game like it was yesterday. But I can’t say why, I’ll get fined.

"Some bullsh** happened. I don’t want to say, so I won’t get fined."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

CJ McCollum tweets at Devin Booker after Warriors' Jordan Poole interview

CJ McCollum tweets at Devin Booker after Warriors' Jordan Poole interview

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole did not play in the team's final Summer League game in Las Vegas on Friday night.

So at halftime, he joined NBATV's Allie LaForce for a short interview:

"Growing up and in college, you never really paid attention to the free agency," Poole explained. "Obviously, you saw who was going to what team.

"But now looking at the lineups and the matchups and being able to see who you're gonna guard night in and night -- the Western Conference is definitely gonna be extremely exciting."

Is there anybody in particular he's looking forward to guarding?

"Probably Devin Booker," the 20-year-old said. "Devin Booker, CJ McCollum are the two that I'm focusing on."

When the video came across McCollum's timeline, he tweeted the following at Booker:

Wizards guard Bradley Beal then joined in on the fun:

Booker averaged 26.6 points and 6.8 assists per game last season, while McCollum racked up 21.0 points and 3.0 assists per contest.

Poole -- the No. 28 overall pick in last month's NBA Draft -- is going to have his work cut out for him.

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"Offensively, we think he's far ahead of where he is defensively," Golden State assistant general manager Larry Harris said about Poole a couple of weeks ago. "His athleticism and his quickness and his IQ allows him to be a better defender than what we saw in college."

When the NBA releases the 2019-20 schedule next month, mark the Warriors-Suns and Warriors-Blazers matchups on your calendar.

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Steph Curry discusses game-winning 3-point dagger vs. Thunder in 2016

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Steph Curry discusses game-winning 3-point dagger vs. Thunder in 2016

It's probably the most iconic shot of Steph Curry's career. And you only need to hear one word to know what 'it' is.

'BANG!'

"Well I made 11 already in the game, so obviously I was feeling a rhythm and feeling like I could make anything, anywhere," Curry said of his game-winning 37-foot 3-pointer in overtime against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016. "I knew that time was running down and we decided not to call a timeout and push it up in transition, and really, you try to make the most simple decision, just to get a shot up. And that was it."

With the score tied at 118, Curry walked the ball up the court in the waning seconds of overtime. Thunder defensive stalwart Andre Roberson made the mistake of taking one step too far backward, leaving Curry enough room to pull up and hoist with 2.5 seconds remaining.

As the ball banked in off the back rim, ESPN's Mike Breen let out the call that will forever be associated with one of the gutsiest game-winners in NBA history.

"BAAAAANG! BAAAAANG! Oh, what a shot from Curry!"

"I call it simple for me because I actually practice that shot, but I just had confidence to shoot it," Curry continued in an interview with House of Highlight's founder Omar Raja. "You can talk about the ones that you make, you can talk about the ones that you miss, but the same kind of mindset goes into it. Rise up and shoot it."

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Curry has had plenty of big shots in his career, but none quite like the one that took all the air out of Chesapeake Energy Arena that night. That said, given the expanded role Curry is likely to assume this coming season in the wake of Kevin Durant's departure, he should have plenty of opportunities to try to top it.