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OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala(Andre Iguodala Jersey) says he plans to play Game 7 of the NBA Finals despite a balky back that limited him the previous game.

Iguodala took part in a brief walk-through Saturday and got treatment while the Warriors held a light practice ahead of Sunday’s final game of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Iguodala played 30 minutes in Game 6 on Thursday night, but he had to spend some time in the locker room getting treatment after his back “locked up.” He said the injury stemmed from the long flight and the heavy workload he has had in the playoffs.

Iguodala says he plans to spend the time before Game 7 getting treatment, watching U.S. Open golf and watching the final episode of “The Sopranos.”

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Will Reigel couldn’t believe his horrible luck. Of all the people he could bump into while touring Davidson College, it had to be the one guy he really couldn’t stand? It had to be Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey )?

Over the previous two years, Reigel had built up a good dose of loathing for Curry, dating to a high school game between Curry’s Charlotte Christian and Reigel’s Charlotte Latin in 2006. The two rival schools played four times that year — twice in the regular season, once in a holiday tournament and once in the state playoffs. Latin went 0-for-4, including the one game Reigel couldn’t forget.

Just a sophomore and guarded all night by Curry, Reigel went to the free throw line, his team down one with four seconds left in the game. Curry walked by, looked him right in the eye and smirked.

“No pressure, Will,” Curry said.

Reigel missed them both.

And now, two years later, as Reigel is checking out Davidson, there’s Curry. Only the smirk is gone, replaced with a warm smile. Curry remembers his name, even asks Reigel about his high school team. “I’m thinking, ‘What the hell?’ I’ve held a grudge against this guy for two years, and now he’s the nicest guy in the world. Before that, I was probably the only guy that did not like Stephen Curry. Then even I couldn’t hate him.”

Who can? Curry is a two-time NBA MVP. His Warriors, in search of a second consecutive NBA championship, have a 2-0 lead as The Finals shift to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday (9 ET, ABC). His appeal is global. His pregame warm-up routine a must-see event, much like his games. His jersey, according to the NBA, the most popular among all NBA players.

It all started at Davidson, where Stephen Curry first became Steph Curry.

It’s also where he was just a regular college kid trashing a fish tank at a local restaurant.

Wait — what?

Steve Rossiter looked around and did the math — 10 guys, five bucks a pop. All he had to do was one quick swim with the fish and pocket some decent money for a college kid.

But Rossiter needed help, someone to distract everybody from watching a guy swim in a koi pond in the middle of a restaurant.

Enter the innocent, baby-faced-looking phenom who had just led Davidson to within a shot of knocking off Kansas and a spot in the Final Four of the 2008 NCAA tournament.

So as Rossiter prepped for his dip, Curry turned to the hostess and offered a smile.

“While he talked, I got in,” Rossiter remembers. “The fish swam away. They were pretty big.”

Plotting how to discreetly jump into a koi pond while people enjoy dinner is rightly considered ridiculous and foolish: classic college stupidity.

It is also vintage Steph Curry. Never the initiator and rarely the actual prankster, the guard was always happy to set up his Davidson teammates, even off the court.

Need more evidence? See for yourself.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) became the target Thursday night for the second time during the Western Conference finals of what could be perceived as a slight from Russell Westbrook in the Oklahoma City Thunder guard’s postgame news conference.

Kevin Durant took the question with Westbrook laughing and covering his face after they were asked whether the two-time MVP was an underrated defender.

But Durant wasn’t offering a diplomatic answer, either.

“He’s pretty good, but he doesn’t guard the other best point guards,” Durant said after Curry had five steals in the Golden State Warriors’ series-extending 120-111 Game 5 victory over the Thunder. “I think they do a good job of putting a couple of guys on Russell from [Klay] Thompson to [Andre] Iguodala, and Steph, they throw him in there sometimes. He moves his feet pretty well. He’s good with his hands.

“But, you know, I like our matchup with him guarding Russ.”

Westbrook has averaged 28 points and 11 assists per game in the Western Conference finals, although he is shooting only 41.3 percent from the field and has committed 4.6 turnovers per game during the series. He had 31 points on 11-of-28 shooting with eight assists and seven turnovers in the Thunder’s Game 5 loss.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Westbrook is 8-of-25 from the field and has committed seven turnovers with Curry as his primary defender in this series. Curry has contested 20 of the 25 shot attempts.

Asked about Curry before Game 1, Westbrook said: “He’s a shooter. He’s not nothing I haven’t seen.”

Curry, who led the NBA with 2.14 steals per game this season, acknowledged that Thompson typically draws the tougher defensive assignment when asked about Durant’s comments.

“I’ve got a great teammate that’s obviously a better defender on the perimeter,” said Curry, who received 13 points in voting for the league’s all-defensive team, including three first-place votes. “I like the challenge, and I’ll do my job the best I can. That’s what I’m out there to do. In those situations, I don’t get too caught up in a one-on-one matchup.

“My job is to follow the game plan. I’ve done that the last four years of my career, trying to elevate my defensive presence. I do my job.”

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Among the reasons this — “this” being the 73 wins, the back-to-back MVPs, the return to even footing in the Western Conference finals, etc. — is happening is that Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) understands the requirements of superstardom.

Mere greatness isn’t enough. There must be something more. A Next. Always a Next. The best performances always include an encore.

Game 2 of the conference finals Wednesday night was Curry’s followup to his 17-point overtime explosion in Portland during the second round. As sequels go, it was “The Godfather, Part II” to “The Godfather.” Curry scored 15 points in a little under two minutes in the middle of the third quarter, and the Warriors had a 20-point lead they wouldn’t come close to relinquishing.

The numbers didn’t match up to that 40-point night in Portland. However, the impact of Wednesday night’s performance was so much more significant. Had the Warriors lost Game 4 to the Trail Blazers, the series would have been tied 2-2, with home-court advantage in Golden State’s favor. A loss Wednesday night would have dropped the Warriors into a 2-0 hole and required them to win at least two of a possible three games in Oklahoma City to win the series.

In the Warriors’ first moment of necessity, Curry turned the fourth quarter into a formality.

And he did it with a right elbow that had swollen to what he called the size of a tennis ball after he fell on one of the metal plates that ring the court at Oracle Arena while chasing a loose ball into the stands in the first half.

Curry wore a soft white sleeve on the elbow afterward. As he left the postgame news conference, he said he only noticed a little pressure in the elbow while he shot. That was it.

It provided a perfect segue to my next question, about the pressure he felt as the two-time MVP to rescue his squad in this situation. Curry said he didn’t necessarily feel a need to go out and score 30 points, but he did need to make an impact.

He’s focused on the task at hand right now, not his place in history. But it’s obvious that rankings matter to him, or he wouldn’t have come this far. And it’s apparent he understands that coming through when the playoff circumstances require it the most is a prerequisite to being an all-time great.

His 28 points Wednesday night weren’t even the most in the game. Kevin Durant snagged that honor with 29. Twenty-five of Durant’s points came in the first half, though. When Curry got going, Durant couldn’t turn this into a duel. His colleague Russell Westbrook, who owned the third quarter in Game 1, didn’t have an answer this time, either. This game belonged to Curry, even if the box score showed an equitable distribution of numbers among the Warriors, even if the postgame news conferences were surprisingly devoid of Steph Superlatives.

When Draymond Green was asked about Curry, the forward mentioned everything but Curry. He talked about ball movement, getting stops, defense leading to offense, stuff like that. All of that was nice. The Warriors held their own on the boards against the bigger Thunder lineups, outrebounding them 45-36. The second unit had a defensive stand against the Thunder on Oklahoma City’s first possession of the fourth quarter that ended with a blocked shot and a 24-second clock violation, signifying that there would be no miracle comeback. But Curry had already broken the Thunder’s spirit.

The only reason he played at all in the fourth quarter was because of Steve Kerr’s understandable paranoia about sitting his stars with too much time left on the clock. Kerr actually did a better job of explaining 96 seconds in the fourth quarter with a lead hovering around 30 points than he did describing Curry’s game-deciding flurry.

What was different about this one?

“Nothing,” Kerr said.

“Business as usual,” I pressed.

“Business as usual,” Kerr said. “This is what he does.”

Festus Ezeli said, simply, “Steph is going to Steph.”

Curry made it sound as simple as a byproduct of better ball movement and screens by his teammates.

If Curry has made this seem routine, it’s because he’s doing his job, fulfilling the duties of a superstar. He’s not finished, of course. Now comes the hard part. To win this series, the Warriors will have to win in Oklahoma City. The Warriors can’t count on 50 bench points on the road, which they received at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. This is on Curry. He will need to score 30. He’ll have to go into the dragon’s lair and take the most valued possession.

“Obviously, it’s a team game,” Curry said. “But leaders have to be at their best on the road.”

He understands. He also exudes no doubt that he can live up to the requirements. One attribute that makes him the most unique superstar the game has seen: He’s the first to have higher expectations for himself than from anyone else.

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Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) picked up an additional piece of recognition Thursday: a Twitter photo of a handshake from the commissioner.

Adam Silver light-heartedly told the Golden State Warriors star he was sorry for failing to acknowledge Curry’s handshake attempt during an MVP ceremony at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.

Curry was awarded the MVP award before Game 5 of the Warriors’ Western Conference semifinal series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, California. As Silver went to present it to him, Curry extended his right hand, but the commissioner — seemingly focused on grabbing the trophy — didn’t see it, leaving the league’s top shooter grasping for air.

Curry quickly brought his hand back in and laughed to himself.

Video of the awkward moment quickly spread on social media.

Later Wednesday, after the Warriors clinched the playoff series by beating the Blazers 125-121, Curry and Silver made sure they got the handshake right.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors suffered the inexplicable loss to a talented, albeit inexperienced, Minnesota Timberwolves team that had little, if anything, to technically play for. The Wolves did, however, have the opportunity to beat the champs on national television. They seized it, and now Golden State’s 73-win chase is very much in doubt.

After Minnesota’s 124-117 overtime victory, Golden State must now win its final four games to reach 73 wins and surpass the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record 72-10 season.

The loss happened on the night when Golden State got everybody back (save for rookie Kevon Looney). Golden State had missed Harrison Barnes(Harrison Barnes Jersey), Festus Ezeli and Andre Iguodala for long stretches.

“Maybe we would have won 78 games with last year’s injury situation,” said one Warriors official, taking stock of the health situation.

Tuesday’s tilt was supposed to be the game when they were finally whole again, with Andrew Bogut (rib issue) and Iguodala (ankle sprain) returning from their injuries.

It started as a reminder of a luxury that was once taken for granted. Bogut picked up two early fouls and, suddenly, Festus Ezeli was there to take his place (as opposed to, say, Anderson Varejao). Stephen Curry had an awful shooting first half (0-of-8, two points), but Golden State’s offense didn’t miss a beat. The Warriors were comfortable, eventually opening up a 15-point lead in the first quarter.

But ironically on a night when Golden State got all its depth back, the bench completely fell apart. Marreese Speights, who found his stroke in Ezeli’s absence, was tentative in Ezeli’s return, getting two travels in quick succession. It’s impossible to know whether Leandro Barbosa and Brandon Rush were impacted by Iguodala’s return, but the two combined for two points.

Still, few observers thought Golden State was in danger as the lead slowly whittled. The Warriors hadn’t lost after taking a 15-point lead since April 10, 2014, against the Denver Nuggets. Surely it wasn’t going to happen on Tuesday night.

The Wolves had other ideas.

Shabazz Muhammad blasted his way to the rim in the third quarter, then he continued to bully, finishing with 35 points on 12 shots. Karl-Anthony Towns gamely switched out onto Curry, bothering the MVP. In crunch time (both in the fourth quarter and in overtime), Towns also bedeviled Bogut with his range and quickness. Andrew Wiggins added 32 points and a patented spin move in what was an opus to the rising talent out (Mid)West.

Steph Curry was not Steph Curry, finishing 7-of-25 (21 points, 15 assists) and missing shots he normally makes — a few of which, in overtime, were killers.

Golden State might have squandered a chance at 73 wins on Tuesday, but perhaps that’s the wrong perspective when two games are suddenly dropped at home. The Warriors have been playing worse and need to get back on track — 73 wins or otherwise.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — After letting garbage time become crunch time, the Golden State Warriors closed out the Orlando Magic 119-113 for their NBA-record 45th consecutive regular-season home victory. This achievement brings a bifurcated response: There’s an acknowledgement of the incredible accomplishment, then a nod to the issues it’s overshadowing.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr summarized Golden State’s recent run with, “Steph is bailing us out an awful lot.” Monday night was illustrative of that issue, plus a reminder that there are worse bailout plans. As Golden State trundled along sans Andre Iguodala and with an ailing Draymond Green, Curry(Womens Curry Jersey) was a brilliant bulwark against failure. He scored 41 points, claimed 13 boards and hit seven 3-pointers, one of which was his 300th of the season. Curry dropped that one from 28 feet away, after torturing Ersan Ilyasova with seven crossovers.

Of the benchmark, Curry said, “It’s special and it’s never been done before in history.” He later called the accomplishment “surreal,” which it certainly is, especially since it’s early March. For comparison’s sake, Steph’s father, Dell — himself a 3-point sniper — needed seven seasons to reach 300 career 3s made.

Not since Leonidas has a man with “300″ led warriors so impressively. Since the All-Star break, Golden State has needed spectacular Curry performances to pull out wins. Thankfully for the Warriors, “spectacular” is his default mode, especially of late. During this stretch, Curry has averaged 35.7 points in 34.9 minutes on 69.7 percent shooting — numbers that shouldn’t be possible.

If Curry weren’t trending impossible, the Warriors would look vulnerable. Though the Warriors have an 8-2 record since the break, they’re grinding out these wins with a lukewarm +1.4 point differential. Even worse: They got blown out by the Lakers of Los Angeles.

Kerr cites defensive slippage as a major issue. After his “Steph is bailing us out an awful lot” comment, Kerr continued: “But we can’t count on that. We can’t rely on that. We need to get back to being the best defensive team in the league, which we were a year ago, which we’re not right now anywhere close to.”

Festus Ezeli’s absence might account for some of this, but there’s likely another explanation: Unlike last year, this Golden State knows it can win without maximum effort. This iteration might be more inclined to pace themselves in a regular-season game.

There’s also the turnover issue, a pet peeve of Kerr’s. “Some are going to happen,” Kerr said of his team’s 24 giveaways on Tuesday night. “But I could rattle off 10, easy, that were just inexcusable. That’s kind of our weakness, is that sometimes the game comes too easy for our guys and they just think they can do anything; and we’ve got a lot of talent and a lot of skill, and what we have to get back to is just simple, simple, simple, and that’s good enough. The simple leads to the spectacular.”

“The simple leads to the spectacular.” If Golden State is indeed in a minifunk, perhaps that adage can lead the way. It’s difficult to know whether the Warriors will absorb that motto until they absolutely must. Their 3-point shooting represents a larger margin for error than anyone else boasts. You could see that massive margin’s representation when Klay Thompson hit a dagger 3-pointer after Curry, and subsequently Green, lost the ball in his general direction. It’s easy to get complacent when your worst offensive plays end in three points.