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Steph Curry: For the Warriors offense, 'the main goal is...'

Steph Curry: For the Warriors offense, 'the main goal is...'

During Mark Jackson's final season as head coach in 2013-14, the Warriors averaged 246.6 passes per game -- the fewest in the NBA.

This year, the Warriors racked up 317.2 passes per contest -- the fifth most in the league.

Was it an easy transition from Jackson to Steve Kerr?

"No, because it's hard to eliminate certain bad habits you might have -- standing in one place for too long in the half court offense and being a lot easier to guard in that sense," Steph Curry told reporters on Thursday. "The main goal is to just make the defense make as many decisions as you can so they're gonna mess up at some point -- with all that ball movement and body movement and what not."

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In Kerr's first year at the helm in 2014-15, the Warriors improved to seventh in the NBA with 315.9 passes per game.

In 2015-16, they remained in the seventh spot at 323.1 passes per night.

So they actually dropped by about six passes per game this season with Kevin Durant in the mix.

But their offensive rating of 113.2 was No. 1 in the league.

"It took awhile for us to kinda get the understanding of where each other was gonna be without having to call set plays," Curry added.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

 

Warriors' Chase Center debut brings Lakers, LeBron James to San Francisco

Warriors' Chase Center debut brings Lakers, LeBron James to San Francisco

The Warriors will open Chase Center against one of their biggest rivals.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be the Warriors' first preseason opponent at the San Francisco arena on Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m., the Warriors announced Friday. 

Golden State will get a good look at a well-rested (and potentially revamped) Lakers squad. Barring a miraculous playoff push, LeBron James won't be coming off of a postseason run for the first time since he entered his third NBA season. 

Of course, the Warriors are plenty familiar with him regardless. They battled in the NBA Finals each of the previous four seasons, with Golden State winning three titles. 

The Lakers also figure to be involved in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes over the summer, but whether or not he -- or James -- makes the trip to San Francisco remains to be seen. In the Lakers' lone preseason trip to the Bay Area last Fall, James did not suit up. 

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The Warriors could look just a bit different, too. Klay Thompson will become an unrestricted free agent and Kevin Durant can opt to do the same, and their decisions loom over the offseason. If they do return, you probably shouldn't expect them to play that much anyway.

Still, the Warriors' preseason debut at Chase Center has the potential for star power. Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony will officially open the building on Sept. 6.

Steph Curry will not play when Warriors host Luka Doncic, Mavericks

Steph Curry will not play when Warriors host Luka Doncic, Mavericks

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Steph Curry is getting a night to rest.

When the Warriors host the Mavs on Saturday night, the two-time MVP will not take the floor, according to the NBA's official injury report.

Andrew Bogut and Shaun Livingston will also be out for rest.

Curry racked up 48 points on 17-for-32 shooting when the Warriors won in Dallas on Jan. 13.

The six-time All-Star has played in 48 straight games since returning on Dec. 1 after missing 11 contests because of a strained left groin.

Before the All-Star break, he averaged 28.6 points and shot 48.8 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Since the break, those numbers have slipped to 25.2 points while shooting below 42 percent overall and 38.5 percent from deep.

So yes, even the only unanimous MVP in NBA history can use a night off every once in a while.

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You can expect Curry to be back in uniform when the Warriors host Zaza Pachulia and the Pistons on Sunday.

Golden State is then off Monday and Tuesday before playing at Memphis on Wednesday.

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