Weary Curry has no desire to sit out: 'I want to play'


Weary Curry has no desire to sit out: 'I want to play'

Editor's Note: The above video for a postgame media session on March 21, 2016.

OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr may have to pull his “coach card” if he wants to give Steph Curry a breather anytime soon.

Even in the face of concerns about Curry’s fatigue level and the desire to have him fresh for the playoffs, the seventh-year point guard wants to stay on the court.

“I want to play,” Curry said after the team’s Wednesday morning shootaround, “and every opportunity I have to do that I want to take advantage of it.”

Curry over the last two games has looked weary. His shot has been errant (10-of-35, 3-of-21 from deep) and he’s reverting to methods, like reaching on defense and getting a bit careless on offense, often associated with being tired.

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Kerr has noticed and indicated he would consider sitting the league’s leading scorer at some point over the final three weeks of the regular season.

“We haven’t had those conversations yet,” Curry said. “The goal right now – we have a lot to play for – is locking up the No. 1 seed and to win as many games down the stretch to see if we can chase that record.

“But we’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, as the Warriors (63-7) hold a four-game lead on San Antonio, the quest to win 73 games continues. The players are acknowledging that goal more openly as they approach the all-time record of 72-10 set by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96.

“We’ve got nine out of 12 at home,” Curry pointed outs. “We know we have to go 10-2. It’s common knowledge for everybody right now. We’re four games up in the loss column for that No. 1 seed, so that’s the driving force.

“Going 10-2 for us is kind of on pace of what we’ve been doing all season.”

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Editor’s note: With the NBA season halted over coronavirus concerns, Warriors fans have unanswered questions about the team and how it’s building toward the future. To provide answers, NBC Sports Bay Area will simulate some previously scheduled Warriors games through NBA 2K, mixing video-game results with real-life insights for our coverage team.

Even amid the NBA season suspension due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Wiggins enters the spring as the Warriors' biggest question mark.

A former No. 1 overall draft pick, Wiggins' potential drops jaws, while his inconsistency is head-scratching. Upon arrival, the Warriors believed his ability would bode well alongside Steph Curry and the team's culture.

In a simulation of the March 28 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder using NBA 2K20, Wiggins showed promise towards that goal in a 117-110 loss.

In the digital confines, Wiggins finished with 35 points, getting most of his buckets within the flow of the Warriors' motion offense.

"I think he really fits well," Draymond Green said of Wiggins last month. "As seamless as it could possibly be, I think he can fit right in. He can score the basketball, he can run the wings, he's a pretty good defender. So I think he'll definitely fit in with this core for a long time."

Similar performances weren't as consistent during Wiggins' first four seasons in Minnesota. Wiggins didn't live up to the expectations that come with being a franchise player. His offensive inconsistency quickly drew the ire of NBA observers. Worse, Wiggins became one of the worst defenders in the league, even after he signed a five-year, $145 million contract.

Nonetheless, the Warriors saw potential in the 25-year old, trading former All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell, along with Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman, in part to pair Wiggins with Curry. In the 2K simulation, the pairing worked, as the tandem combined for 62 points on the night.

The performance was consistent with Wiggins' lone real-world game alongside the former MVP. Against the Raptors back on March 5, the duo combined for 44 points in Curry's return from a broken left hand.

Curry's first highlight against the Raptors came with the help of his Canadian teammate, when he took a dribble in the lane, drew a double-team and fired a behind the back pass to Wiggins in the lane, leading to an easy layup, surprising Wiggins in the process.

"I didn't even know it was coming, really," Wiggins admitted after the loss to the Raptors. "I was kind of watching like it may come, but then when he went behind the back I was just trying to catch it. It was a hell of a pass."

"I'm very excited," Wiggins added. "He's an MVP player, one of the greats. He helped transition the game with his 3s and how fast he plays. So, I'm excited."

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Wiggins' virtual performance Saturday coincided with his strong play during his short stint in the Bay Area. In his last five games, he averaged 20 points on 46 percent shooting from the field. If Wiggins continues to build on his current play, the Warriors will see the potential they've wanted all along, making for an intriguing process Wiggins says he's ready for.

"I feel like I've adjusted well," Wiggins told NBC Sports Bay Area earlier in March. "I've never played with anyone as good as him. By far, he's the best player that I've played with. Just getting a chance to learn from him and feeding off him and just learning."

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Today is the 30th day in March.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry wears No. 30.

Obviously, that means you should watch every single 3-pointer the two-time NBA MVP has made in his career from 30 feet and beyond.

Thank you to our friends at the Warriors for making this possible:

You watched all 87, right? What's your favorite?

Is it the famous 37-footer against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016? What about the 62-footer he swished at the end of the third quarter in Game 6 of the 2015 Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies?

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There just are so many incredible ones to choose from.

Now go spend 10 more minutes watching all 87 again ...

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