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Steph Curry still sore after 'dirty play' by Spurs big man Dedmon

Steph Curry still sore after 'dirty play' by Spurs big man Dedmon

SAN ANTONIO -- With a bag of ice strapped to his left knee, Stephen Curry limped out of AT&T Center after Warriors shootaround Monday showing the effects of a play he considered dirty.

With less than four minutes remaining in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday, Spurs backup center Dewayne Dedmon set a screen on Curry in hopes of creating space for guard Dejounte Murray.

What Curry took issue with was not the screen itself but Dedmon’s movement. He deliberately turned his left knee and banged it into the side of Curry’s knee, which buckled and sent the Warriors star sprawling to the floor.

“I saw the replay,” Curry said after shootaround, clearly displeased.

That the Warriors did not list Curry on their morning injury report for Game 4 Monday night does not make the pronounced limp any less real, and he conceded his gait is affected by that play.

“I know (Dedmon is) not a dirty player,” Curry told ESPN on Sunday. “I'm not going to try to mess up his reputation, but I feel like that was a dirty play."

Asked Monday about those comments, Curry expressed no regret.

“Yeah, that’s what I said,” he said.

Dedmon and Curry are former Warriors teammates. Dedmon spent part of the 2013-14 season between the Golden State Warriors and the Development League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Stephen Jackson, Andrew Wiggins get into war of words over 'Hallelujah' tweet

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Stephen Jackson, Andrew Wiggins get into war of words over 'Hallelujah' tweet

The NBA is the best soap opera on the face of the planet.

What's our evidence? All-Star Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves a week before training camp starts and his current teammate Andrew Wiggins got into a social media war of words with former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson over a tweet sent by Wiggins' brother.

We can't make this stuff up.

In an Instagram video posted late Wednesday evening, Jackson questioned Wiggins' heart.

News website The Score re-posted the video and it drew comments from Jackson and Wiggins, who called Jackson a 'bum.'

That caused Jackson to respond in a second video in which is sent a message to Wiggins: 'Make sure you hands are straight when you see me, bruh."

Jackson even posted a screenshot of his career stats to prove to Wiggins that he isn't a bum.

Don't ever change, NBA. Don't ever change.

Damian Jones: Warriors training camp profile

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Damian Jones: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

10TH IN A SERIES

Player: Damian Jones
Position: Center
Height/weight: 7-0, 240
College: Vanderbilt
Age: 23
Salary: $1.54M (Year 3 of three-year rookie contract worth $4M. Team has until Oct. 31 to pick up his fourth-year option worth $2.31M)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 69

2017-18 in review: For the second year in a row, Jones remained mostly in the development stage, spending far more time playing with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors than with Golden State. He was a massive presence in some games, barely a factor in others. The Golden State staff and front office debated his progress, but never declared him ready to take playing time from their trio of veteran big men. He made 15 NBA appearances, playing a total of 89 minutes.

Key stats (G-League): 45 games (45 starts), averaging 15.0 points (68.1 percent FG, 69.7 percent FT), 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 2.1 assists.

Season highs (G-League): Points (29), rebounds (16, twice), blocks (six), assists (six), minutes (40).

2018-19 outlook: After two seasons wondering what Jones can provide at the NBA level, this is the year the 7-footer will be given every chance to show he has something to offer. A superior athlete with a solid work ethic, Jones has been tasked with filling the role vacated by JaVale McGee. That means making an impact above the rim at both ends. If Jones can contribute off the bench and hold his own when making spot starts, the Warriors will have good reason to believe the 2016 first-round pick has a future in the league.