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Steph Curry reflects on pursuit of Reggie Miller, Ray Allen on 3-point list

Steph Curry reflects on pursuit of Reggie Miller, Ray Allen on 3-point list

Steph Curry thought he had passed Jason Terry on the all-time 3-point list in the Warriors' previous game against the Knicks. He didn't.

But the two-time MVP did so on Friday night against the Bulls. His third 3-pointer at 9:59 in the third quarter pushed him ahead of "The Jet" and put him behind only Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.

After the Warriors' 146-109 win over the Bulls, Curry was asked about what it means to be sitting behind those two Hall of Fame sharpshooters.

"It's a special accomplishment in terms of, two guys that I know are trendsetters and stretching the imagination of the 3-point game," Curry told the media at Oracle Arena. "Doing it for many, many years and people that I looked up to as a young kid playing the game."

Curry grew up in NBA arenas, following his father Dell Curry around. He was lucky enough to be in the building to watch Miller and Allen play in their primes. So to be this close to two legends he watched growing up has to be special.

"To look up on the list, obviously, I want to catch them and put together many more years at this pace," Curry said. "But just knowing those two guys are right in front of me, it's a special moment for sure because I respect the game, i respect what guys have done before, and those were two guys I looked up to."

Curry now has 2,285 career 3-pointers. He's just 275 3-pointers behind Miller and 688 behind Allen. 

"I appreciate them and the longevity part of what they both did is something I respect tremendously," Curry said.

Curry's Splash Brother teammate Klay Thompson is a bit behind Curry on the list, but he's coming up quickly. Curry was asked if he and Thompson could end up No. 1 and 2 on the all-time list when their careers are done.

"I wouldn't be surprised," Curry said. "It's kind of trending in that direction with what we've been able to do together, so I think we both appreciate the longevity of what that all-time list looks like and we are working as hard as ever to continue to be efficient, shoot the ball at the high level, so that's something to shoot for."

Curry walked off the court Friday night with the game ball tucked under his arm. Asked what he plans to do with the ball, Curry offered a pretty cool answer.

"I'm going to try to send it Reggie and Ray to get them to sign it for me," Curry said. "That's the goal."

Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

LOS ANGELES -- Somewhere behind the tsunami of conversation and debate devoted to DeMarcus Cousins making his return to the NBA on Friday, the Warriors and Clippers will play a basketball game.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m. with Warriors Pregame, with tipoff at Staples Center scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Though Cousins’ Warriors debut will be the focal point of every fan around the globe, the team has a compelling bit of business at hand.

They’re trying to extend a six-game winning streak against a team they no longer dominate.

The Warriors (31-14) had beaten the Clippers 12 consecutive times before taking a 19-point loss at Oracle Arena last January. The teams have split their last four games, including the first two this season: a Clippers 121-116 overtime win on Nov. 12 in L.A., and the Warriors taking a 129-127 victory on Dec. 23 in Oakland.

The Clippers (24-20) remade their roster over the last two summers and had been better than projected before losing their last four games. They own the seventh-best record in the Western Conference and 12th-best in the league.

This is the Warriors’ first trip to Staples since the highly publicized squabble between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on Nov. 12.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Clippers
F Danilo Gallinari
F Tobias Harris
C Marcin Gortat
G Avery Bradley
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

INJURY REPORT

Warriors
C Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is listed as out.

Clippers
F Luc Mbah a Moute (left knee soreness) is listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors
Though Cousins will start, he’s not likely to play more than five consecutive minutes, which leaves the possibility of limited action in each quarter. The remaining minutes are expected to go to Kevon Looney and Draymond Green. Jordan Bell, already on the fringe of the rotation, is the odd man out.

Curry (42) and Durant (35) combined for 77 points in the last meeting between the teams.

Backup PG Shaun Livingston has been effective since returning after a brief absence with knee soreness, shooting 10-of-15 from the field over his last four games. He had a season-high 13 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Clippers
Guard Lou Williams is the most dangerous bench scorer in the league. He’s averaging 18.7 ppg, tops among all reserves. He’s averaging 22.5 ppg over his last 12 games.

Backup C/F Montrezl Harrell has been so effective, he consistently plays more minutes than Gortat. His 11 double-doubles lead all reserves.

Williams and Harrell are the primary reasons the Clippers lead the NBA in bench scoring (52.6 ppg). The Warriors are 28th (30.2).

Yes, guard Patrick Beverley remains a Clipper and will get minutes, if only to annoy Curry. It’s fair to say they have a longstanding adversarial relationship.

Officials
Eric Lewis (chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Brandon Adair

Draymond Green's agent reveals his one main wish for DeMarcus Cousins

Draymond Green's agent reveals his one main wish for DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins’ warm-up Friday before his Warriors debut live on the MyTeams app at 5:50 p.m. PT, with analysis from Greg Papa, Garry St. Jean and Kelenna Azubuike. Download MyTeams on Google Play and the App Store.

Draymond Green might be more excited for DeMarcus Cousins' return than DeMarcus Cousins is for DeMarcus Cousins' return (that makes sense, right?).

Draymond's agent, B.J. Armstrong, is also very happy that Boogie will be back in action tonight vs the Clippers. He loves Cousins' game and is a big fan.

But Armstrong is hoping Cousins' time with the Warriors isn't just defined by points, rebounds and assists.

"The one thing that I'm really wishing for him is not to be a good teammate, but to be a great teammate," Armstrong said recently on The Pure Hoops Podcast. "It's really important as a player, it's really important for your relationships that you have.

"When it's all said and done as a player, you'll remember these moments. This is a significant moment for him."

Yes, it is.

Cousins is hoping for a big payday this summer in free agency, and obviously a lot of that will depend on how he performs the next few months and how his Achilles responds.

But the rest of the league will be paying very close attention to how he impacts the Warriors chemistry, his standing in the locker room and how he handles somewhat of a lesser role on the court.

The good news for the four-time All-Star is that his teammates have his back 100 percent.

"We'll do everything in our power to make sure he succeeds," Andre Iguodala told reporters after Golden State's win on Wednesday night. "That's everybody in the locker room. That's really our focus."

That support is key and Cousins will rely on it at various points throughout his comeback. It's also important that the help is reciprocated. 

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"I just hope he understands the importance of being a great teammate -- not a good teammate -- a great teammate," Armstrong reiterated. "Because that is the most important thing. You walk away from the game -- every player -- hopefully you walk away with some friends you made over the years.

"I just hope Boogie experiences one of the joys of this league -- is to become a great teammate ... his teammates are so excited for him ... I just hope that Boogie appreciates that because he has some great teammates right now.

"This is a priceless moment for him and a very key moment in his career."

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