Steve Kerr is a great coach, but his job is made easier by the fact that he has two of the NBA’s top five players in Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.
Having superstars like Durant and Curry allows Kerr to let the Warriors play freely, as he can trust his stars to handle any situation thrown at them.
Well, almost any situation.
During the first quarter of the Warriors' 132-105 shellacking of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round NBA playoff series Thursday night, Durant was hit with two early fouls. Normally, this would force a coach to sit his star player so he doesn't pick up a third foul.
But Kerr stuck with Durant in a show of faith, one he might not give Curry.
"We trust him to play with fouls,” Kerr said after the game. “Not sure I trust Steph to play with fouls, but I trust Kevin.”
Curry has picked up a few unnecessary fouls early in the series, getting caught reaching in when he would be well served to play straight up and avoid having to sit on the bench due to foul trouble.
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Kerr didn't follow his own intuition Thursday, though, as he elected to also leave Curry in the game after the guard picked up two early fouls.
Both Durant and Curry rewarded Kerr's faith in them.
Durant poured in 38 points, and Curry spearheaded a late first-quarter run that stretched the Warriors’ lead to 20 and put the game out of reach early.
Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein wants to take the highway to the danger zone on his way to Chase Center next season.
Golden State's new big man tweeted a clip from the "Top Gun: Maverick" trailer Thursday afternoon, and the 25-year-old definitely has the need ... the need for speed.
That'd be one way to take Warriors fans' breath away.
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Cauley-Stein told the Warriors he would be their
wingman big man any day earlier this summer, signing a one-year deal worth a little more than the veteran's minimum because he couldn't turn down the chance to play with Steph Curry and Co. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game with the Kings last season, but his ego arguably wrote a check his play couldn't cash after telling reporters last September that he was "ready to get paid."
Still, the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has plenty of potential, and will have plenty of motivation next season on a prove-it deal. If it is a strong enough combination to bring out the best in Cauley-Stein, he could find that loving feeling on the free-agent market next summer.
Some NBA players can say they have dunked on Steph Curry, but can they say they dunked the Warriors star?
Curry and his wife Ayesha launched their "Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation" at a kickoff event in Oakland on Thursday, hosting nearly 1,000 kids for a day of activities. One of those activities was a dunk tank, and the two Currys -- one of whom forms one half of the Splash Brothers -- got very wet.
The foundation aims to bring out the best in children "By fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring access to education and enabling active lifestyles," according to its mission statement.
"[The kids are] having fun today, but obviously the back-end -- we're trying to create programs and do stuff that helps the entire youth in Oakland and the Bay Area," Steph said Thursday. "So, you gotta have energy for that."
Steph spent the first entirety of his first decade in the NBA in Oakland, but he and the Warriors will move to San Francisco's Chase Center next season. Despite the pending move, Ayesha said staying active in community efforts in The Town is necessary for the family.
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"We hope to always be involved in this community," she said. "It's important to us."
That community is better for their endeavors, and the Currys were wetter for theirs Thursday.