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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 owner Joe Lacob regrets 'Light Years' comment, but doubles down

Warriors owner Joe Lacob regrets 'Light Years' comment, but doubles down

Warriors owner Joe Lacob is a very bold individual.

In a March 2016 profile in The New York Times, Lacob made a comment that will be attached to him for a long time:

“We’re light years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things. We’re going to be a handful for the rest of the N.B.A. to deal with for a long time.”

In a recent Time article, Lacob admitted that he regrets using "light years." But that doesn't mean he doesn't mean what he said.

“I mean, look, I’m a confident guy. I do believe in a lot of the things that we practice and do. I believe in the strategy that we have. I believe in our management team, which I think is the best in the business. I believe in the culture of our players which is built around Steph Curry — he’s a unique individual person, never mind basketball player.

And so you know I meant it in a bit of hyperbole. I didn’t mean it to put down other teams. So if you ask me the question do I believe it? Yes. But I say that not to put down other teams. I didn’t mean it to come out that way.”

Lacob does love playing blackjack and it certainly sounds like he's doubling down.

The Warriors won three of the last five titles and lost in the NBA Finals the other two seasons.

Golden State's CEO and the rest of the ownership group bought the Dubs for $450 million back in 2010. In February, Forbes valued the Warriors at $3.5 billion.

Pretty decent investment.

And to close the circle on the "light years" comment, Lacob added:

“By the way, all my friends in the business world, they were like, ‘Great article! Great story!’ And all the sports guys were like, ‘What an egomaniac.’

"So you learn from that.”

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NBA Draft: Best-ever No. 28 picks, where Warriors will select in 2019

NBA Draft: Best-ever No. 28 picks, where Warriors will select in 2019

The 2019 NBA Draft is upon us. 

On Thursday, teams will assemble to hopefully select players that will be integral parts of their franchise for years to come.

Draft night is an especially important time for Bob Myers and the Warriors.

After suffering a devastating NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors that saw both Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Klay Thompson (ACL) go down with severe injuries, the Dubs are in need of players who can provide depth next season, something they were lacking against the Raptors.

Golden State has the No. 28 overall pick Thursday night, which historically hasn't been a goldmine of talent, but there have been a few good players (and one likely Hall of Famer) to be taken at that position.

Here's a look at the three best players produced by that draft slot. 

Tony Parker, PG, Spurs, 2001

The best player ever taken with the No. 28 overall pick is a no-brainer.

During his surefire Hall of Fame career, Parker was a cornerstone of the Spurs' run from the early 2000s through the 2014 NBA Finals. Parker was a six-time All-Star, four-time NBA champion and was named the 2007 NBA Finals MVP.

For his career, the electric guard averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and accumulating a PER of 18.2. He retired after this past season where he played for the Charlotte Hornets, his only non-Spurs season. If the Warriors can find a diamond in the rough like Parker, they won't be down on the mat for long.

Dan Roundfield, PF, Pacers, 1975

Dr. Rounds could straight up hoop. 

The 6-foot-8 power forward was a three-time All-Star and five-time All-Defense selection. He played six years with the Atlanta Hawks, when he was at his peak, averaging 13.5 points per game and 10.7 rebounds while in the ATL.

For his career, Roundfield averaged 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 48.2 percent from the field.

Leandro Barbosa, G, Spurs, 2003

The rich history of great picks at No. 28 ends with Parker, but Barbosa was a solid role player during his NBA career, as Warriors fans know.

During his 15-year NBA career, Barbosa was a key piece of the six-seconds-or-less Suns and a major role player for the 2015 NBA champion Warriors.

For his career, Barbosa averaged 10.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting. He was named Sixth Man of the Year in the 2006-07 campaign. He's exactly the type of player the Warriors hope to find Thursday night.

Honorable mentions: Tiago Splitter, C, Spurs (2007); Greg Ostertag, C, Jazz (1995); Wayne Ellington, SG, Timberwolves (2009; Dan Dickau, PG, Kings (2002).

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The Warriors are in need of depth and the draft is a good way to find it. But at No. 28 overall, the Warriors will have to do their homework on all their potential options.