Terry Stotts gets defensive about Blazers' Game 1 defense on Steph Curry

Terry Stotts gets defensive about Blazers' Game 1 defense on Steph Curry

You don't have to be a basketball expert to know that the Portland Trail Blazers' defense on Steph Curry in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals wasn't good.

Curry tied a playoff career-high with nine 3-pointers on Tuesday night in the Warriors' 116-94 win, and many of his shots came with no defender close to him.

After the game, Portland head coach Terry Stotts was asked about his team's defense, and didn't think it was that bad until the final 12 minutes.

"Well, to be honest, other than the fourth quarter, the game defensively was managable," Stotts told reporters at Oracle Arena. "They got loose in the fourth quarter and had 39 in the fourth quarter, but going into the fourth quarter down six, we were finding ways to hang in on a night we were struggling offensivly. So certainly, they got loose. It's a combination of how well they move without the ball and pick-and-rolls. Curry and Thompson move well without the ball. I'm sure pick-and-rolls were part of it, bit it's also their movement and transition."

That's when things get a little testy between Stotts and the media. Here's the follow-up exchange between the head coach and a reporter.

Reporter: Houston had some success trapping Steph and getting out on him. Is it sustainable for you to keep dropping the big so far off?

Stotts: I can't remember. When he had 33 in the second half, were they trapping then?

Reporter: Yes.

Stotts: They were? And he scored 33 in the second half?

Reporter: Yeah.

Stotts: OK. Yeah, we'll look at that.

We're sure when Stotts goes back and watches the film of Game 1, he'll agree that his defensive gameplan left a lot to be desired.

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We'll find out in Game 2 if he's going to have his centers continue to sag off Curry or he will try something different.

Warriors' Klay Thompson works out while Rocco provides moral support

Warriors' Klay Thompson works out while Rocco provides moral support

There's been one constant by Klay Thompson's side as he rehabs his surgically repaired left ACL.

Rocco, Thompson's bulldog, has always been there cheering on his best friend.

On Thursday, Thompson was doing weight training and posted this video on Instagram.

As you can see, Rocco is providing great "moral support" for the Warriors' superstar.

This isn't the first time Rocco has joined Thompson during his journey back to full health. Shortly after Thompson had surgery on his left ACL last July 2, he posted a photo of Rocco sitting next to him while he rehabbed.

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A few weeks later, Thompson posted a video of Rocco essentially sitting in his lap while a physical therapist worked on his knee.

Thompson has passed the one-year mark since he tore his ACL against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

In June, Thompson was medically cleared to resume training without restrictions, and has been conducting thorough workouts in recent weeks.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr even drove up from San Diego in June to watch Thompson work out.

"It was great to see him," Kerr recently said on KNBR's "Tolbert, Kreuger & Brooks" show. "He looked great. He was moving well and, as you would expect, just knocking down [shots]. So, he looked good. He's not playing 'live' yet, he hasn't done any contact stuff, but that's kind of the final step and there's obviously plenty of time for that. He's right on schedule, and everything's going well."

With the NBA's schedule pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic, and the 2020-21 season not expected to start until December at the earliest, Thompson will go at least 18 months between NBA games.

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With Thompson and backcourt running mate Steph Curry expected to be fully healthy next season, the Warriors hope to return to NBA title contention.

Thompson has a few more months to get his knee right before he has to report for Warriors' training camp. You know Rocco will be there with him every step of the way.

How Steph Curry, Warriors' brand continues to make huge global impact

How Steph Curry, Warriors' brand continues to make huge global impact

Despite the down season and not being one of the 22 teams invited to the Orlando restart, the Warriors still manage to be a global phenomenon.

In an interview with The Athletic, P.K. Ong, co-founder of the SG Basketball academy which has multiple venues in Singapore, said that’s still apparent. It showed quickly with the pace of the way they sell out of a certain superstar’s jersey. 

“Whenever you go into a (sporting goods) store, Steph Curry jerseys are the first thing you see when you walk in," Ong said. "They’re everywhere."

Ong also told The Athletic that the shift changed in who the kids he coached looked up to off the court as well. They went from being huge Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant fans to wanting to shoot three-pointers like Steph.

Don’t we all want that?

Back in 2018, a group of the campers joined Ong for a trip to the Bay Area. They went on a tour of the Warriors practice facility and ran drills with some of the coaching staff. It was a “dream come true” for the kids.

The global influence doesn’t stop there. Klay Thompson, AKA #ChinaKlay, made a persona for himself as his popularity surged in the country, thanks to his shoe deal with the Chinese brand Anta.

And I mean, check out the turnout when he arrives:

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Steph made a trip to Japan last summer with hopes of growing the game of basketball across the world, and the moment he got off the plane it was chaos, but in the best way.

He, along with the Warriors as a whole, make an impact everywhere they go.