OAKLAND – In solely 4 days, Stephen Curry will return to the place that formed his childhood and his basketball journey.
The NBA will host All-Star weekend in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., and Curry could as properly be the league’s unofficial host together with the Hornets franchise. Curry will make his sixth look within the NBA 3-point contest on Saturday and his sixth All-Star look on Sunday. On Saturday, Curry may even compete in opposition to his brother, Seth, within the 3-point contest. Earlier than Sunday’s All-Star sport, the NBA will honor Curry’s father, Dell, who performed for the Charlotte Hornets (1988-1998) and at the moment serves because the staff’s broadcaster.
“It’s going to be enjoyable, man,” Curry mentioned after morning shootaround on Tuesday. “I haven’t gotten my thoughts there but apart from my pop calling me about ticket lists. That’s getting overwhelming.”
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That’s as a result of Curry has obtained ticket requests that he mentioned has already reached the triple digits. No surprise Curry admittedly has had bother focusing with the Warriors (40-15) getting into a back-to-back on Tuesday in opposition to the Utah Jazz (32-24) at Oracle Enviornment after which on Wednesday in opposition to the Portland Path Blazers.
“We will lock in on a back-to-back earlier than everyone goes their separate methods,” Curry mentioned. “It’s robust to see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel, however we now have to remain locked in.”
The Warriors have nonetheless received 15 of their previous 16 video games. But, they admitted battling complacency of their final two video games in opposition to Phoenix and Miami. First, the Warriors dedicated 17 turnovers and conceded 60 factors within the paint in opposition to Phoenix. Then, the Warriors trailed by as many as 19 factors in opposition to Miami earlier than securing a win from Kevin Durant’s game-tying Three and DeMarcus Cousin’s game-clinching foul photographs.
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“Groups are coming at us,” Curry mentioned. “We’ve to match their vitality and toughness. Miami was as evident because it will get when it comes to getting outplayed. It doesn’t matter what performs you name and photographs you are taking, we received outplayed.”
The Warriors expressed optimism they’ll participant with higher vitality this week, figuring out that they will then get pleasure from a mini trip for six days. That doesn’t apply to Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson, who all will play in Sunday’s All-Star sport. The toll could be better for Curry, given each the variety of All-Star occasions and neighborhood appearances he plans to make.
Subsequently, Curry plans to take off for 2 days following All-Star weekend earlier than the Warriors resume observe on Feb. 20.
“We’ve 4 straight months of grinding and the depth will increase each evening,” Curry mentioned. “You get to the playoffs clearly, you understand how aggravating that’s. Simply attempt to get away for these two days and refreshed. I do know my physique might be superb. It’s the psychological a part of it that you should get away for a bit bit.”
The Warriors could have felt rejuvenated with Cousins’ debut after rehabbing his left Achilles tendon throughout the first 45 video games. That has additionally coincided, nevertheless, with Curry capturing a mixed 38.1 p.c from the sphere within the first quarter.
“We’re persevering with to fine-tune that beginning unit. We haven’t performed properly and gotten off to nice begins,” Curry mentioned. “I’d prefer to make photographs and get going a bit sooner. However nothing I’m involved about.”
The Warriors listed Inexperienced (proper knee contusion) and Iguodala (left hamstring tightness) as questionable in opposition to Utah, however they nonetheless participated in morning shootaround. Inexperienced accomplished a person capturing routine with Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, whereas Iguodala accomplished capturing drills in a gaggle setting.
It isn’t clear what brought on Inexperienced’s harm. However Iguodala missed Sunday’s sport in opposition to Miami after his hamstring felt tightness towards the top of Friday’s sport in Phoenix.
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