Steph Curry stresses Warriors 'cannot lose the joy' amid recent struggles

Steph Curry stresses Warriors 'cannot lose the joy' amid recent struggles

At a time when the Warriors need more from himself and his teammates and his coaches, Stephen Curry is asking for it.

Somebody needs to speak up if the Warriors are to get back to playing with urgency and passion and purpose. That has been missing of late.

“There’s another level, and it’s frustrating when you don’t get to that, for whatever reason,” Curry told reporters Sunday night in Charlotte. “For us to just stay focused on the mission, keep our joy, keep our energy, understand that we should be having fun doing what we do.

“It’s been a stressful year in terms of all the ups and downs, the circus and drama around our team on a daily basis. We cannot lose the joy that we need to play with and understand exactly what we’re playing for.

“And as frustrating as it is right now, we can work out way out of it. It just has to take a full commitment from everybody.”

The Warriors have lost two of their last three games, and were underwhelming in beating the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. Players and coaches acknowledge that the past 11 days, which include the All-Star break, have been below standard.

That’s how the Houston Rockets could roll into Oracle Arena on Saturday, without James Harden, and scorch the Warriors on their own floor.

“We’ve been on the All-Star break until late (Saturday) night. We finally got off the All-Star break about 8:30,” coach Steve Kerr said, referring to withering postgame assessments after losing to Houston. “We got back to work (Sunday) night. I’m excited to get back on track. These last few days have been – between one sloppy practice, one sloppy walk-through and two poor games – a good eye-opener for our guys.”

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No one was spared Saturday night, and by all accounts the team’s practice Sunday at Davidson College – the place made famous by Curry – was sharper, much more focused and representative of a team trying to regroup during a road trip that begins Monday against the Hornets in Charlotte.

“We have to understand that us showing up the way we did (Saturday night) is not going to cut it,” he said. “So we’ve got to collectively, top to bottom, figure it out.”

“Our resiliency and ability to self-correct has been one of the true catalysts for our success, so tomorrow is an opportunity to do that.”

Though the Warriors would like to earn the No. 1 overall seed, they have fallen three games behind the Milwaukee Bucks, who sit atop the Eastern Conference.

Klay Thompson used favorite Warriors moment to roast Andre Iguodala

Klay Thompson used favorite Warriors moment to roast Andre Iguodala

The legend of Klay Thompson continues to grow.

During his career with the Warriors, Thompson has had many moments -- from on-court heroics to off-court humor -- that have made him a hero in the Bay Area.

Most people love China Klay Thompson. His New York City scaffolding interview always will be the stuff of legend. There was his incredible answer to a question about Kevin Durant becoming a member of the Splash Brothers after KD tore his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

No matter the moment, Klay never seems to disappoint.

In his upcoming book "The Sixth Man," Andre Iguodala shared a previously untold Klay story that is sure to become a fan favorite.  The Warriors, as Iguodala tells it, were going around discussing moments in a game where they felt highest, when Klay delivered a masterpiece.

Via Time Magazine:

“When Klay’s turn came, we all assumed he was going to say that his highest moment was the day he scored 37 points in a quarter against Sacramento,” Iguodala writes. “I mean, that was an NBA record! But he didn’t. Instead he said, ‘My best moment was one night I caught a pass and I was like fifty feet from the basket and I was about to shoot it. And all of a sudden, I hear Andre being like, ‘What the f--k, Klay? You’re fifty feet out.’ And I thought about it for a second and shot it anyway. It went in, and I was like, ‘Yeah, Andre, f--k you.’ We all had a good laugh about that. I was like, ‘Wow, really dog? That was your best moment?'”

Never change, Klay.

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As for his on-court heroics, Thompson's exploits are well-documented. From his season-saving Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference finals to making two free throws on a torn ACL in Game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Thompson has done it all for the Dubs. 

After tearing his ACL in Game 6 against the Raptors, Thompson told head coach Steve Kerr he just needed a two-minute rest and he'd be back in the game, which shows how dedicated he was to his teammates and their quest for a three-peat.

Thompson will be a free agent this offseason, but all signs point to him signing a max contract to stay with the Warriors. He'll likely be out until at least February/March while rehabbing his left knee, but there's no reason to think he won't be the same Klay when he steps back onto the court. 

Attorney says deputy in alleged Masai Ujiri altercation has concussion


Attorney says deputy in alleged Masai Ujiri altercation has concussion

The deputy who the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri struck in the face is on medical leave after suffering a concussion, attorney David Mastagni told The Associated Press on Tuesday. 

Mastagni told KPIX on Monday that the deputy, whose name has not been released, also has "a serious jaw injury" as a result of the alleged altercation.

“The officer is off work, disabled and wants to go back to work,” Mastagni told the AP.

KPIX reported Monday that Mastagni is representing the officer. 

Officials say that Ujiri pushed and struck the deputy in the face during the waning moments of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. With Ujiri's Raptors set to celebrate their first championship, the deputy prevented Ujiri from reaching the court because he didn't display the proper credentials, Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told NBC Sports Washington on Friday morning.

KPIX reported Monday that Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern "personally reviewed" footage from Oracle Arena's security cameras and the deputy's body camera, and he said he will recommend the district attorney charge Ujiri with misdemeanor battery of a police officer. Mastagni told multiple outlets that the deputy is considering filing a lawsuit against Ujiri. 

The Raptors said in a statement to NBC Sports Washington last week that the encounter "is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation." Warriors season-ticket holder Greg Wiener said he saw the incident, and he told the AP on Friday that Ujiri shoved, but did not strike the deputy after he "put his hand on Ujiri's chest and pushed him."

Wiener initially told the AP that the deputy did not mention that Ujiri lacked proper credentials, but recounted Tuesday “after thinking about it all weekend" that the officer shouted, "No one gets on the court without credentials.”

The 48-year-old Ujiri has run the Raptors' front office since 2013. The Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Ujiri their top job, and NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported the offer could include an ownership stake in the team and be worth up to $10 million per year.