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Warriors' Kevon Looney reveals funniest trick James Harden tried to pull

Warriors' Kevon Looney reveals funniest trick James Harden tried to pull

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James Harden has mastered the art of deception.

Nobody shoots more free throws than Harden, and nobody creates space to get his shot off quite like The Beard.

So what's the funniest "trick" the reigning NBA MVP ever pulled on Warriors big man Kevon Looney?

"Last game, he stepped on my foot and held it for a couple seconds before he did the stepback and I almost fell," Looney told Mark Willard of KNBR 680 on Friday. “I like that move [laughing]. I'm gonna watch out for that next game.

"He does a lot of stuff, but that one stood out to me because it just happened. I never had anybody do that to me before."

Watch the video below to see what Looney is talking about with the Rockets guard:

Fortunately for the Warriors, Looney didn't lose his balance, and he successfully contested Harden's stepback 3-pointer.

In Game 2 of the Warriors-Rockets second-round playoff series, Harden left midway through the first quarter after being poked in the eye by Draymond Green.

Despite scoring 29 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field after returning to action, Harden told reporters after the loss that he could barely see. He clearly knew where Looney's right foot was, but hey, who are we to judge?!

[RELATEDReport: Some Dubs question extent of Harden's eye injury]

"He's got a lot of tricks in his bag -- from the stepback, he added the floater this year, and he's crafty getting to the free-throw line," Looney said about Harden. "For anybody -- definitely a big -- it's tough to hold him [down].

"But we got a great team defense. I know not to foul. Had him a lot last year, I was in a lot of isos, so you start to learn the things he likes to do and try to make it hard on him."

We’ll see how this plays out in Game 3 on Saturday night in Houston.

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Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

When Stephen Curry's career is all said and done, there's a good chance many of the current younger generations of NBA fans will include him in their all-time starting five. They have seen the game evolve in front of their very own eyes, and no player was more responsible for that transition than the greatest shooter ever.

But Curry's career isn't over yet. Not even close. And as things currently stand, even he wouldn't include himself in his all-time starting five.

On the most recent episode of Showtime's "All the Smoke" with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Curry was asked which five players he would nominate for that lofty designation, and it's pretty tough to disagree with his selections.

Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal? Safe to say that squad would be tough to beat. Of course, if there's one thing that the five-man unit is lacking, it's probably a lack of perimeter shooting. Maybe that's how Curry eventually fits in.

It's worth noting that Curry didn't include LeBron James on his list. Of course, if reported rivalries are to be believed, perhaps that explains the omission. Same goes for Kevin Durant, who recently left Curry out of his top-six hardest players to guard in the league. Are these sour grapes being thrown back and forth?

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It's certainly possible in the modern NBA, but a far more likely explanation is that James and Durant, like Curry, aren't finished yet.

Warriors send Jacob Evans down to G League in order to regain rhythm

Warriors send Jacob Evans down to G League in order to regain rhythm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jacob Evans has held out hope for improvement for much of the season. For the time being, he'll try to reach the goal in the G League.

The Warriors guard's latest odyssey to Santa Cruz is expected to last until Sunday, providing Evans an opportunity to get more on-court time during an injury-plagued season. 

"This will give him a chance to play bigger minutes," Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "To develop a rhythm."

With the demotion, Evans will miss Friday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers in San Francisco. Instead, he will play Friday evening against the Wisconsin Herd at Kaiser Permanente Arena and Sunday's matchup against the South Bay Lakers. He'll then rejoin the Warriors on the team's upcoming five-game road trip, which starts Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Evans' second season in the NBA has been marred by injury.  A week into the season, he strained his left adductor, costing him 21 games. Last week, he missed three more games after suffering a concussion. All the while, he's shooting just 31 percent from the field and has been supplanted in the rotation by rookie Jordan Poole.

"These last few weeks have been tough, even before injury," Kerr said. He hasn't really been able to get himself going, we haven't been able to help him get going. We feel like this is a perfect time for him to get some playing time."

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Evans was drafted in 2018 for his defensive acumen. He's struggled to find offensive success this season, averaging just four points despite averaging 10 more minutes per game. However, Kerr remains confident in Evans' long-term development. 

"He's a big, strong, smart defender. He's picked up a lot in his year and a half in the league," Kerr said. "So he's a guy I can trust and count on defensively. But like everybody in this disjointed season, it's been tough for him to find a niche."