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Steve Kerr explains particular area Steph Curry has to be better in

Steve Kerr explains particular area Steph Curry has to be better in

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

With 8:39 remaining in the third quarter of the Warriors' Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Steph Curry was called for a very questionable offensive foul.

He immediately went to the bench with the Warriors leading by 28 points.

When he checked back in with 13.5 seconds left in the period, the lead was down to 16. Curry then aided the Clippers' momentum.

"If he has four fouls with eight minutes left in the third quarter, I'm taking him out again -- especially if we're up 25," Steve Kerr said on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday evening. "What we want to do is avoid foul trouble."

Over the years, that has been easier said than done for the two-time NBA MVP. Curry is known to reach and go for steals, and it came back to haunt him Monday night.

"Steph's gotta do a better job and he knows that," Kerr said. "His ill-advised reaching is just killing him because he doesn't need to do that. He's much more important to us than two points for the opposition.

"I told him, 'If you're beat, show your hands (and) don't reach. Maybe a big blocks the shot and if they score they score, but we need you out on the floor.'"

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Curry was sensational in Game 1, racking up 38 points (on 16 shots), 15 rebounds and seven assists.

In Game 2, he dominated by scoring 22 points in the first half. But sitting for most of the third quarter disrupted his rhythm. He went 2-for-9 from the field in the fourth quarter and committed two turnovers.

You should expect a big game from No. 30 tonight, as he has played quite well against the Clippers at Staples Center lately:
- Feb. 2, 2017 -- 29 points, 11-for-23 FG
- Oct. 30, 2017 -- 31 points, 9-for-14 FG
- Jan. 6, 2018 -- 45 points, 11-for-21 FG
- Jan. 18, 2019 -- 28 points, 10-for-19 FG

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NBA rumors: Warriors trade Willie Cauley-Stein to Mavs for 2020 draft pick

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NBA rumors: Warriors trade Willie Cauley-Stein to Mavs for 2020 draft pick

The Warriors have started to make moves, and Willie Cauley-Stein is the first to go, as the center reportedly has been traded to the Mavericks.

The Warriors reportedly will acquire a 2020 second-round draft pick from Dallas for Cauley-Stein.

The trade of Cauley-Stein gives the Warriors salary cap space and roster flexibility, and the ability to convert one of their two-way players, Ky Bowman or Marquese Chriss, to a guaranteed contract.

With the Warriors out of the playoff race, it makes sense for them to trade some of their players for future assests. Cauley-Stein likely is just the first to go. Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III are the two other Warriors players that should be dealt before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

Cauley-Stein signed a two-year, $4.46 million contract with the Warriors last offseason. The second year of the deal is a player option, so he could stick around Dallas next season.

Dallas was in need of a center after their starter, Dwight Powell, ruptured his Achilles tendon earlier this week.

In 41 games with the Warriors, Cauley-Stein averaged 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

Now that Cauley-Stein is out of the picture, expect Chriss and Omari Spellman to see a majority of the time at center. Draymond Green could also slide over and pick up some minutes at the center spot.

Why Andre Iguodala thinks Steph Curry shouldn't play again this season

Why Andre Iguodala thinks Steph Curry shouldn't play again this season

The plan is for the Warriors to provide an update on Steph Curry's status at some point in early February.

And the expectation is that the two-time NBA MVP will return to game action at some point this season.

Does Andre Iguodala think Curry should return to the court? When answering that question Friday morning on ESPN's "First Take," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP began with a joke.

"Selfish reasons -- no. He hurt the left hand, you can't play golf with the left hand if it's hurt."

Iguodala then provided what we think is his actual opinion on the matter.

"I think he needs to get a real break, in terms of being able to relax," the soon-to-be 36-year-old explained. "That long run -- mental reasons.

"I think it's good for him mentally to be able to step away, be able to get a nice breather. He's gonna come back on a wrath next year."

Going to five straight NBA Finals definitely took a toll on Curry, his teammates and the entire franchise. This "gap year" truly could end up being a good thing in the long run.

But the three-time NBA champion is dying to get back on the court, and it would be pretty surprising if he remains sidelined until next season -- despite the fact the Dubs have the worst record in the NBA and their draft lottery odds are at stake.

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As for Iguodala's status -- he is still waiting on the Memphis Grizzlies to strike a trade before the Feb. 6 deadline. If no deal comes to fruition, you can assume the two sides would agree on a buyout and Iguodala would be free to sign with any team other than Golden State.

But don't worry Warriors fans -- a reunion seems inevitable this summer.

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