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Stephen Curry Is Set to Sign Record N.B.A. Deal With Warriors


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This Is What NBA Players Think About Draymond Green’s Suspension

Forget the hot takes from the fans; the Golden State Warriors‘ Draymond Green‘s suspension from Game 5 of the NBA playoffs for his fourth flagrant foul of the post-season has got the NBA’s players caught up in their feelings and airing them shamelessly. It’s no wonder that the players are feeling that way, since the Warriors could potentially win the NBA finals on Monday night, for the second year in a row against the Cleveland Cavaliers — but it could prove to be tricky without Green, who’s been a key player for the Warriors this season and during the playoffs, despite some serious buzz about his what some might term “dirty” defense tactics. In case you missed it, here’s what got Green suspended — a swing and what appears to be some strong language aimed at LeBron James. Reigning league MVP, horrible sneaker designer, and baby-faced assassin Steph Curry said he was surprised by the suspension with a diplomatic statement. “It’s an unfortunate situation, him getting caught with LeBron on top of him. I don’t think it was intentional to hurt anybody. We’re still confident. We know we have the depth and personnel to come out and get a win. That’s all that matters….We have to go out and get a win for him,” Curry said. Curry’s wife Ayesha chose instead to subtweet James. High Road. invisible bridge used to step over said person when open floor is available left to right. — Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) June 12, 2016 As did fellow player Marrese Speights, who made a succinct but pointed use of an emoji. 🍼 — Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) June 12, 2016 Splash brother Klay Thompson was less subtle. Klay Thompson on LeBron James: I guess he just got his feelings hurt. — Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) June 12, 2016 As was his father, former NBA star Mychal Thompson. Mychal Thompson: "LeBron (James) couldn't have survived in the 80s with the physicality and the words guys said to each other back then." — Diamond Leung (@diamond83) June 13, 2016 Meanwhile, fellow NBA players Matt Barnes, Stephen Jackson, and Patrick Beverley all weighed in with support for Green. Lebron knows god damn well he didn't need to step over that man like that! Funny how the NBA #PicksAndChooses #Bullsh!t — Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) June 12, 2016 Headed back to the bay. Tune in to the @thejumpespn tomorrow. What you guys think about the suspension? A video posted by Stephen Jackson (@stak5pa) on Jun 12, 2016 at 3:45pm PDT Can't be true!!!! They suspended @Money23Green for that. What??? Let Men play basketball. Great officiating in the 4th, refs did a great job — Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) June 12, 2016 And finally, King James said he didn’t want to comment, but he did have a good chuckle about the suspension. LeBron James reacts to Klay Thompson saying his feelings were hurt by Draymond Green's trash-talk…#NBAFinals https://t.co/3zuvyKwYwU — NBA TV (@NBATV) June 12, 2016 […]

On Pro Basketball: Warriors’ Draymond Green Suspended for Game 5 After LeBron James Episode

After reviewing the game, the N.B.A. assessed a flagrant foul against Green for striking James in the groin. That call triggered the punishment because of other playoff violations by Green. […]

Warriors 110, Cavaliers 77 | Golden State leads series, 2-0: Warriors, Resilient at Home, Cruise Against the Cavaliers

Draymond Green scored 28 to help Golden State take another step toward defending its N.B.A. title with a 33-point victory in Game 2 of the N.B.A. finals. […]

On Pro Basketball: Draymond Green Won’t Miss Game 4 After Kicking Steven Adams

The N.B.A. fined Green and upgraded the call against him to a flagrant-2 foul but did not suspend him, a potentially critical decision in the Western Conference finals. […]

Warriors Withstand LeBron, Take 3-2 Lead Over Cavs in Finals

(OAKLAND, Calif.) —The Golden State Warriors are a win away from ending one long championship drought and extending another. Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers and scored 37 points, and the Warriors withstood another brilliant performance from LeBron James to outlast the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 on Sunday night for a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. With a sellout crowd rocking and roaring in their golden-yellow shirts, the newly minted MVP and his teammates took control of the game — and possibly the series — in the final minutes. Curry connected inside and out — sometimes way out — to help the Warriors pull away. “He took over the game down the stretch,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Warriors will try to win their first title since 1975 on Tuesday night in Cleveland, which hasn’t won a major sports championship in 51 years. Game 7, if necessary, would be in Oakland on Friday night. James carried Cleveland as far as he could. The four-time MVP had 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, slowing down the pace the way only he can. James made 15 of 34 shots in 44 minutes. It was James’ second triple-double of this series. But the depleted Cavs, without starters Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, tired again late with a rotation that has gone just seven or eight deep. “He has the ball in his hands a lot. Stick with the program. Don’t get discouraged if he makes shots. He’s going to,” Curry said of James. “Over the course of 48 minutes, we hope we wear him down to make it very tough on him.” Draymond Green had 16 points and nine rebounds, Andre Iguodala added 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Leandro Barbosa scored 13 points in reserve for the deep and talented Warriors. Tristan Thompson tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds, and J.R. Smith scored all 14 of his points in the first half for Cleveland, which shot 39.5 percent. Under the current 2-2-1-1-1 schedule format, the winner of Game 5 in a 2-2 series has won the title 12 of 14 times. But nobody can feel too comfortable after this one. There were 20 lead changes and 10 ties in a game that featured nearly as many bruises as baskets — but few big men — and the league’s two biggest attractions trading thrilling scores. James made a 34-footer with the shot clock about to expire midway through the fourth to cut the Warriors’ lead to 80-79. Curry answered with a step-back 3-pointer and Klay Thompson, who scored 12, followed with another. Iguodala later hit a 3 and then grabbed a rebound, tossing in a left-handed put back while getting fouled by Tristan Thompson. Iguodala strutted back to midcourt, staring at the announced crowd of 19,596 — just about all of them on their feet through the fourth — before missing the free throw. Curry added a cutting layup, then lost Matthew Dellavedova off the dribble and stepped back for a 3 that gave Golden State a 96-86 lead with 2:44 left. James hit a 3-pointer, and the Cavs began fouling Iguodala — a sub-par free throw shooter. But Curry never let the game get out of his hands, connecting on another 3-pointer with 1:12 left that had him pounding his chest and pointing to the sky. “We didn’t let the moment slip,” Curry said. Kerr stuck with the small-ball lineup he used to win Game 4, starting swingman Iguodala over center Andrew Bogut. Cavs coach David Blatt replaced 7-footer Timofey Mozgov with guard Smith — sliding James to center — after Cleveland fell behind 8-2 in the opening minutes. Both teams lacked size. Neither lacked fight. Smith made four of his first seven 3-pointers before going cold, but landed his biggest shot when he extended his right forearm and shoulder to plow through Draymond Green’s screen, knocking the Warriors forward to the ground. Officials called a flagrant 1 foul on Smith after a review. Dellavedova dragged Green down going for a rebound in the second quarter, and the officials assessed double fouls after the players got tangled up on the floor. James Jones also grabbed Iguodala with two arms from behind on a layup attempt, which the Warriors argued should’ve been a flagrant foul. The physical first half ended with Harrison Barnes putting back Curry’s miss for a dunk over James to start a three-point play that put the Warriors up 51-50. James scored or assisted on 16 of Cleveland’s 17 field goals in the half. James struggled to supply the same power in the third quarter, scoring just four points and handing out one assists. The Warriors closed on a 10-2 run to take a 73-67 lead entering the fourth, which James erased quickly. […]

Warriors Rally Past Rockets 110-106 in Game 1 of West Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Down big at home, the Golden State Warriors went small. It turned out to make a huge difference. Stephen Curry hit two free throws in the final seconds to finish with 34 points, and the Warriors rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 110-106 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. With the Rockets seemingly ready to rout the home team, the Warriors used a smaller lineup featuring 6-foot-7 Draymond Green at center and closed the first half on a 21-4 run. Shaun Livingston scored 14 of his 18 points in the quarter, helping Golden State go ahead 58-55 at halftime. The Warriors held off James Harden and Houston in the fourth quarter again behind their undersized lineup, which worked especially well after Rockets center Dwight Howard departed with a left knee injury. “It really stretches people out,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his lineup full of shooters. “Houston does the same thing. It was an interesting chess match, because they like to go small and we like to go small.” Harden, the runner-up to Curry in the MVP voting, nearly brought the Rockets back without Howard in the fourth. Harden finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals, but his late push fell short. “You can’t give a really good shooting team easy layups and confidence,” said Harden, who shot 11 of 20 from the field. “That’s what we did in the second quarter.” Game 2 is Thursday night in Oakland, and it’s unclear if Howard can play. Howard doesn’t think the injury will sideline him for the series. “Hopefully Dwight is healthy and we can play big,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “We didn’t have that option with Dwight out.” Harden, serenaded with chants of “Over-rated!” from Warriors fans, mixed in a series of step-back jumpers and driving layups to help Houston even the score at 95-all midway through the fourth. But the Warriors shut down Houston for long stretches, and Curry kept hitting shots to match Harden’s brilliance. Curry connected on a 3-pointer and converted a layup to put Golden State up 108-97 with 2:01 remaining. “It’s entertaining basketball. We’re both supposed to help our team win and do what we can to impact the game,” said Curry, whose 2-year-old daughter Riley, playfully interrupted him during his postgame news conference. The Rockets never relented, though, with Trevor Ariza making a 3-pointer that trimmed the Warriors’ lead to 108-106 with 14.6 seconds to play. Curry twice caught the inbounds pass, and the Rockets were forced to foul him both times. He hit both free throws to seal Golden State’s win. “When we go small, it’s not necessarily small. We have guys out there that can guard multiple positions,” Livingston said. “From there, it’s just feeding off our crowd.” Curry added six rebounds and five assists, and Green had 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to boost the Warriors when they needed it most. Ariza scored 20 points and Josh Smith had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets. In the conference finals for the first time since 1976, the Warriors hardly looked like the league’s top-seeded team at the outset. Instead, the Rockets rode the momentum from a stunning 3-1 series comeback against the Los Angeles Clippers that ended with a Game 7 win in Houston on Sunday. The only setback to Houston’s hot start came when Howard briefly left in the first quarter after colliding with Smith. Howard returned after a few minutes, and the Rockets raced out to a 49-33 lead midway through the second quarter that left the home fans stunned and silent. That didn’t last long. With Andrew Bogut in foul trouble and the Rockets rolling on both ends, the Warriors put Green — the runner-up for NBA Defensive Player of the Year — at center and spread the court with shooters. Green helped get stops, Livingston scored 14 points in the quarter and Curry capped the spurt with a step-back 20-footer that sent the crowd roaring even louder. Fans later broke out in chants of “M-V-P!” as the Warriors sprinted to the locker room with a 58-55 lead. They never trailed again. “When you try to keep your big in against our small lineup,” Green said. “It’s rough.” TIP-INS Rockets: Houston is 0-5 against the Warriors this season. … The Rockets haven’t won at Golden State since Dec. 13, 2013. Warriors: Golden State is 44-3 at home this season, including 5-1 in the playoffs. … The Warriors are 17-14 this season when trailing by at least 10 points. CAPTAIN’S HANDSHAKE The Rockets sent out seldom-used reserve Nick Johnson for the captain’s handshake with Curry, who was caught by cameras walking away and shaking his head, which created a stir on social media. Rockets captain Patrick Beverley is out with a left wrist injury and hasn’t been handling the ritual handshake in the playoffs. DUELING BOXERS Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was booed by fans during Game 5 of the Grizzlies-Warriors series in Oakland, watched from a courtside seat. Also sitting among the crowd was boxer and Bay Area native Andre Ward, who was cheered loudly when shown on the videoboards. […]