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Steve Kerr, Warriors confused by report that Steph Curry's season over

Steve Kerr, Warriors confused by report that Steph Curry's season over

Warriors fans got a scare Friday morning when Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher reported that it was "unlikely" Steph Curry would play this season.

The organization has spent the day shooting down the report, with the latest denial coming from coach Steve Kerr about 90 minutes before the Warriors were set to take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

"I have no idea where that came from," Kerr told reporters at Target Center. "I talked to [general manager] Bob [Myers] and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] and nothing has changed on our front. Steph will be re-evaluated in three months, and at that point, we will have an update. The plan is for him to be back on the court playing when he's deemed ready to go by our training staff. So that one was kind of a head-scratcher."

Earlier in the day, NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock reported that the Warriors were "strongly refuting" Bucher's report, and that a source said Curry's timeline hadn't changed since they announced last week that the two-time MVP will be re-evaluated in February.

A few hours after his initial report, Bucher offered a clarification stating that Curry wouldn't play "because there's no competitive reason."

Kerr was asked if the Warriors had considered not bringing Curry back if they were out of the playoff race, and the coach scoffed at that notion.

"No. Steph wants to play," Kerr said. "We want to put the best possible product on the floor for our fans. People come from all over to watch Steph Curry play basketball. And he's going to be bored. He's probably already bored. He's dying to play. We were all sort of confused by who the source was, because really, I would be a good source. So I'm just tell you now as your source, nothing has changed. Bob and Rick will tell you the same thing."

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The Warriors are 1-3 in games without Curry, and sit at 2-6 entering Friday's game against the Timberwolves. By the time February rolls around, their record will be pretty ugly.

It makes no sense for the Warriors to rule Curry out now, but if they are 20 games under .500, their tune might change about sitting him for the rest of the season.

First step of Warriors' dynasty traces back to 2015 NBA Finals Game 1

First step of Warriors' dynasty traces back to 2015 NBA Finals Game 1

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavs tonight at 8 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the MyTeams app.

Take an all-time great, put him back on a team in his home state, then match that team up with a budding dynasty led by a generational shooter on the NBA's biggest stage. 

Put those ingredients together and you get Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Warriors, the start of a rivalry that defined the 2010s. 

In Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals, the matchup lived up to the foreshadowed hype, as LeBron James scored big, but the Warriors survived, taking Game 1 108-100 in overtime. Over 53 game minutes, each team showed grit, while injuries robbed the Cavs of its star power. 

Each team's journey to The Finals was different. Eleven months prior, James announced he'd be signing with Cleveland -- who drafted him in 2003 -- after four years with the Miami Heat. The addition of James, which paired him with young guard Kyrie Irving and newly acquired All-Star Kevin Love, put the Cavs among the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Warriors dominated the NBA, finishing with a league-high 67 wins. 

Cleveland followed suit, finishing the season on a 33-9 run after a midseason trade that brought JR Smith, Timofy Mozgov and Iman Shumpert onto the roster. Their dominance extended to the postseason, as they lost just two games before the Finals. 

But James' supporting cast was hindered by the time the Cavs got to Oracle Arena. Love dislocated his left shoulder in Cleveland's first playoff game against the Boston Celtics, putting more responsibility on James. Despite the conundrum, Cleveland's "give the ball to Bron" offense worked early in Game 1. Through the first 24 minutes, James shot over, around and through Golden State's defense, helping Cleveland take a 51-48 lead. By the end of the third quarter, James had accumulated 31 points, three rebounds and three assists.

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As James carried, Irving shined, chipping in 23 points, helping the Cavs nearly push Golden State to the brink. But Cleveland's chances, along with Irving's season, ended midway through overtime when Irving fractured his kneecap and crumpled to the floor. Over the final two-plus minutes, the Warriors took control, outscoring the Cavs 10-2 in period. 

The game marked the start of the Warriors' annual trip to the league's biggest stage. While James had won championships in Miami, Golden State was still in its infacy. Though the Warriors winning 67 games, the core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson had never played past the second round of the playoffs.

Their coach, Steve Kerr, was winding down his first season as coach after getting poached from the broadcast booth the summer prior. Nonetheless, the Warriors' young, balanced, attack prevailed. Curry scored 26 points, while Thompson added 21 points.

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But the game will forever be considered as the start of the league's pre-eminent rivalry. Twelve months after Game 1, the Cavs came back from a 3-1 lead to beat the Warriors to capture James' third title. A month after the upset, Golden State signed Kevin Durant, putting together one of the greatest collections of talent in NBA history, helping the Warriors win two more titles. By the end of the run, the two teams would play each other in four straight NBA Finals. 

In a league defined by its history, Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals was the start of a sports tale that'll live in infamy.

Warriors' Steph Curry jokingly calls out NBA players on home workouts

Warriors' Steph Curry jokingly calls out NBA players on home workouts

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the NBA season has been postponed indefinitely, relegating its players to their homes for the foreseeable future.

Without live games and practices providing for media availability, players have been creative in getting their voices out on social media.

One way has been through Instagram, as the league has given players access to the account and allowed them to go live and provide a chance for virtual fan interaction.

Steph Curry took over the NBA’s IG on Friday, playing league trivia with a wide-ranging group of NBA players, including Warriors guard Damion Lee, Kings guard Kent Bazemore, Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba, Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, and Los Angeles Lakers center Javale McGee.

After just about every one of Curry's guests mentioned that they've been working out while self-isolating, the two-time MVP joked that the players seem worried about their trainers watching.

"I woulda said the same thing," Curry said.

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The Curry brothers clearly had a telepathic connection, as Seth answered all four questions correctly and was crowned the winner.

“Is this like when Dwyane Wade gave Derrick Jones Jr. the dunk contest?” Steph quipped after the game ended. “No.”