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Warriors Lose To Lakers In First Matchup Against West Coast James

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Golden State Warriors fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in their preseason matchup in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, with the final score reading 123-113. LeBron James and the young Lakers held their own against the defending champions.

The Warriors played without Draymond Green, who sat out because of a knee injury but still traveled with the team.

This game was perhaps the most anticipated preseason matchup because it was a glimpse into how the Warriors would play against their longtime rival LeBron James in  his new West Coast environment.

Though he’s been busy with film and TV endeavors since joining the Lakers, James started off right where he left off after his amazing individual performance last season. He nearly had a triple double in the first half, and he capped off an electrifying half by draining a half-court shot at the buzzer with ease.

James finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in 18 minutes. The Lakers young core scored in bunches as well. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 26, with 15 of them coming from the free throw line.

The three All-Stars that the Warriors did have played well in the first half, mostly. Durant had 18 after two quarters but fouled out midway through the third. Stephen Curry finished with 23 points and Klay Thompson finished with 20 points, but there was no real source of offensive firepower elsewhere.

Damian Jones had a notable performance, especially playing against former teammate Javale McGee down low. Jones was the only Warrior to finish with a positive plus/minus. He had 7 points (3-3 FG) and had 5 steals.

The Warriors shot only 55% from the free throw line, while the Lakers shot 82.6% and were more aggressive in getting to the line all game. Much like usual, turnovers also plagued the Warriors; they committed 25.

The two teams will play again on Friday in San Jose, but James is not expected to play.

 

Warriors’ Curry Pays Special Tribute To Nia Wilson At Showcase Game

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Warriors all-star Stephen Curry paid a special tribute Tuesday night in San Francisco to the young Oakland woman who was stabbed to death on a BART platform. The Warriors superstar came to Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco to coach some of the most promising high school athletes in the country. But the evening wasn’t just about basketball. Curry, who has never shied away from speaking on social issues, took a moment to address the death of Nia Wilson, the young woman brutally murdered in a knife attack at MacArthur BART station in Oakland last month. Before the first whistle blew, Curry took center court at his basketball camp’s all-star game to pay tribute to the teen. “I’m sure everybody is aware of the tragedy, the loss we’ve had in the Bay Area recently, the life of Nia Wilson,” he said. Curry dedicated Tuesday night’s game to the Wilson family. Nia’s father and sister Letifah — who was also injured in the attack — were sitting courtside, somehow mustering smiles. They got a standing ovation from the gathered crowd. Nia’s father Ansar Mohammed told KPIX 5 he met briefly with Curry before the game. “He told me I had a very nice family and he was looking forward to spending time with us, me and my family,” said Mohammed. But Curry didn’t just dedicate the game to the family. He was on a mission to provide them with something more substantial. “Everybody who’s watching at home on the live stream on Facebook, please hit the ‘Donate’ button,” Curry said before the game began. “Everything that is donated today — all the proceeds 100 percent — will go to Nia Wilson’s family.” Fans who came to see the future stars of basketball coached by their favorite pro player were touched. “It actually seems like he cares and it actually makes us feel good as a community,” said Warriors fan Atarah Richmond Green. “People need to know that she mattered. She really mattered,” said Warriors fan LaWanda Travis. “And for him to do this, I love him even more.” The donations were a success. By the end of the game, fans watching on Facebook had given over $20,000. Interested parties can still make a donation via the Facebook video.

Steph Curry Golfing During NBA Finals, Posts Two Rounds Of 71

Ryan Mayer Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry’s love for golf is well known. He’s played in several pro-am events and even played a Web.com tour event last August. Curry doesn’t only golf during the off-season though, as seen by the fact that he’s posted two scores to the USGA Handicap Index this month. According to Golf Channel, Curry posted a pair of 71s to his handicap index during the NBA Finals. In addition to posting the round scores, a photo surfaced on Snapchat of Curry on the golf course the day before Game 3 against the Cavaliers.

The rounds of 71 are three strokes lower than the 74-74 that Curry posted in that Web.com tour event in August. The golf doesn’t seem to have affected Curry’s performance, as he’s averaging 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds and the Warriors have jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the Finals. Game 4 is set for Friday night.

Will Stephen Curry Win NBA Finals MVP Award?

By Matt Citak The 2018 NBA Finals is only two games old, yet it is already filled with many significant storylines. The refs changed a Kevin Durant charge into a LeBron James blocking foul in the waning moments of Game 1, giving the Golden State Warriors two free points and drastically changing the final seconds of the fourth quarter. J.R. Smith inexplicably held onto the ball with only a few seconds left, after grabbing an offensive rebound in a tied Game 1, resulting in overtime, where the Cleveland Cavaliers ran out of gas. James is averaging an amazing 40.0 points, 10.5 assists, and 8.5 rebounds on 55.8 percent shooting from the field and 45.4 percent shooting from long range. He may be leading the Finals MVP race despite his Cavs facing a 2-0 deficit. >>MORE: NBA Coverage
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 3, 2018 in Oakland, California.

Stephen Curry (Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

But somehow the outstanding play of Stephen Curry has gone seemingly unnoticed. Now it would be difficult to argue that a two-time league MVP and five-time All-Star is underrated. Yet, heading into this Finals series, most talk centered around James and last year’s Finals MVP Kevin Durant. Curry, despite being a two-time NBA Champion, has yet to take home the Finals MVP trophy. It was awarded to Durant last year and Andre Iguodala in 2015. That fact may be on Curry’s mind, as the 30-year-old has put on a show thus far. After two games, Curry is averaging 31.0 points, 8.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds, all of which surpass his regular-season stats. He is shooting 44.9 percent from the field and an impressive 50.0 percent from the three-point line. He also drained an NBA Finals-record nine three-pointers in Game 2. But really this is nothing new for the sharp-shooting guard, as Curry has been making his presence felt in the postseason for the last six years. In his playoff career spanning the last six postseasons, Curry has shot a strong 41.0 percent from downtown. But it’s his playoff totals that are truly jaw-dropping. Curry has made 370 three-pointers in his playoff career, which puts him second on the all-time list. Leading in postseason threes is future Hall of Famer Ray Allen, who nailed 385 three-pointers throughout his playoff career. In third place is Curry’s Finals opponent LeBron James, who has made 369 three-pointers in the playoffs, trailing Curry by just one. Allen needed 171 playoff games to reach 385, while James took 237 games to get to 369. Curry? No big deal, he made his 370 threes in a mere 88 postseason games… The feat gets even more impressive when you move further down the list and realize Manu Ginobili needed 218 games to hit 324 threes, and Reggie Miller, considered to be possibly the greatest shooter of all-time, accumulated 320 three-pointers in 144 games. Curry has displayed awe-inspiring brilliance just about every time he has stepped on the court for a playoff game. Prior to Golden State’s stretch of Finals runs over the last few years, the most three-pointers made in a single postseason was 58 by Miller in the 2000 Playoffs, which took him 22 games. To put that into perspective, Curry has drilled 56 three’s so far this postseason, despite sitting out the Warriors’ first six playoff games (he’s appeared in 13 games). Curry and his fellow Splash Bro, Klay Thompson, are currently tied for the most three-pointers made in a single postseason at 98, a record that will likely stand for a very long time (unless one of the two breaks it themselves). With at least two games remaining in this year’s Finals, Curry has a legitimate chance at breaking Allen’s playoff record this season. And while he still trails Allen by 844 threes on the all-time list, it won’t be long before he eclipses that record as well, barring something unforeseen. The Cavaliers are certainly not completely out of it yet. With King James playing like he is, Golden State knows they cannot sleep on this Cleveland squad. But if Stephen Curry continues to shoot like a magician from the three-point line, it may not matter what unworldly stats James puts up. When Curry is on, Golden State is just about unstoppable. If Games 1 and 2 are any indication, then Curry will be hoisting the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award for the very first time before too long. Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter.

Will Stephen Curry Win NBA Finals MVP Award?

By Matt Citak The 2018 NBA Finals is only two games old, yet it is already filled with many significant storylines. The refs changed a Kevin Durant charge into a LeBron James blocking foul in the waning moments of Game 1, giving the Golden State Warriors two free points and drastically changing the final seconds of the fourth quarter. J.R. Smith inexplicably held onto the ball with only a few seconds left, after grabbing an offensive rebound in a tied Game 1, resulting in overtime, where the Cleveland Cavaliers ran out of gas. James is averaging an amazing 40.0 points, 10.5 assists, and 8.5 rebounds on 55.8 percent shooting from the field and 45.4 percent shooting from long range. He may be leading the Finals MVP race despite his Cavs facing a 2-0 deficit. >>MORE: NBA Coverage
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 3, 2018 in Oakland, California.

Stephen Curry (Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

But somehow the outstanding play of Stephen Curry has gone seemingly unnoticed. Now it would be difficult to argue that a two-time league MVP and five-time All-Star is underrated. Yet, heading into this Finals series, most talk centered around James and last year’s Finals MVP Kevin Durant. Curry, despite being a two-time NBA Champion, has yet to take home the Finals MVP trophy. It was awarded to Durant last year and Andre Iguodala in 2015. That fact may be on Curry’s mind, as the 30-year-old has put on a show thus far. After two games, Curry is averaging 31.0 points, 8.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds, all of which surpass his regular-season stats. He is shooting 44.9 percent from the field and an impressive 50.0 percent from the three-point line. He also drained an NBA Finals-record nine three-pointers in Game 2. But really this is nothing new for the sharp-shooting guard, as Curry has been making his presence felt in the postseason for the last six years. In his playoff career spanning the last six postseasons, Curry has shot a strong 41.0 percent from downtown. But it’s his playoff totals that are truly jaw-dropping. Curry has made 370 three-pointers in his playoff career, which puts him second on the all-time list. Leading in postseason threes is future Hall of Famer Ray Allen, who nailed 385 three-pointers throughout his playoff career. In third place is Curry’s Finals opponent LeBron James, who has made 369 three-pointers in the playoffs, trailing Curry by just one. Allen needed 171 playoff games to reach 385, while James took 237 games to get to 369. Curry? No big deal, he made his 370 threes in a mere 88 postseason games… The feat gets even more impressive when you move further down the list and realize Manu Ginobili needed 218 games to hit 324 threes, and Reggie Miller, considered to be possibly the greatest shooter of all-time, accumulated 320 three-pointers in 144 games. Curry has displayed awe-inspiring brilliance just about every time he has stepped on the court for a playoff game. Prior to Golden State’s stretch of Finals runs over the last few years, the most three-pointers made in a single postseason was 58 by Miller in the 2000 Playoffs, which took him 22 games. To put that into perspective, Curry has drilled 56 three’s so far this postseason, despite sitting out the Warriors’ first six playoff games (he’s appeared in 13 games). Curry and his fellow Splash Bro, Klay Thompson, are currently tied for the most three-pointers made in a single postseason at 98, a record that will likely stand for a very long time (unless one of the two breaks it themselves). With at least two games remaining in this year’s Finals, Curry has a legitimate chance at breaking Allen’s playoff record this season. And while he still trails Allen by 844 threes on the all-time list, it won’t be long before he eclipses that record as well, barring something unforeseen. The Cavaliers are certainly not completely out of it yet. With King James playing like he is, Golden State knows they cannot sleep on this Cleveland squad. But if Stephen Curry continues to shoot like a magician from the three-point line, it may not matter what unworldly stats James puts up. When Curry is on, Golden State is just about unstoppable. If Games 1 and 2 are any indication, then Curry will be hoisting the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award for the very first time before too long. Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter.

Warriors, Cavaliers Say They’re Not Going To White House

CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon. On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to commemorate winning the Super Bowl — a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump and had the White House accusing players who weren’t planning on attending of abandoning their fans — Curry and James were among those speaking out at the NBA Finals in support of the Eagles. “I’m not surprised. It’s typical of him,” James, the Cleveland star, said of Trump’s decision to cancel. “I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.” On the eve of Game 3 of the Warriors-Cavaliers series, politics dominated the conversation. Curry raised Trump’s ire last year when he said he wouldn’t go to the White House, prompting the President to disinvite him and the champion Golden State Warriors. Curry said Tuesday that he spoke with a current Eagles player about the team’s decision-making process and how it went deeper than disagreeing with Trump policies and the ongoing issue of some NFL players choosing not to stand for the pregame playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “It’s an important conversation, but you can’t control what other people try to do, or try to control the narrative or things like that,” Curry said. Curry said the team has been on the same page after his comments last year and Trump’s subsequent revoking of the Warriors’ invitation. “And every team that’s won a championship since then has gone through that.” There has been clear tension between many star athletes and the current administration throughout the Trump presidency. Trump has often blasted the NFL players who have kneeled for the national anthem, a protest that started in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did so to protest racism and more specifically the killing of black men by police. Trump said the Eagles’ event was called off because some of their players “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” No Eagles players kneeled during the anthem last season. “Instead the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military,” the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a statement posted to social media Tuesday . The WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx haven’t been invited to celebrate their most recent title, something James called “laughable.” Villanova, the reigning NCAA men’s champion, has not revealed if an invitation was sent. Many members of the U.S. Olympic Team that competed earlier this year in South Korea did not attend a White House reception. Hockey’s Pittsburgh Penguins and baseball’s Houston Astros have accepted invitations to the White House for the traditional meeting with the President in recent months, as have several college teams. When the New England Patriots went last year, half the team chose not to attend. The Warriors, in lieu of going to the White House, spent that day taking a group of children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture a few miles away. “I think the President has made it pretty clear he’s going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain,” said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who has often criticized Trump and his policies. “So it’s just the way it is. I think we all look forward to the day when we can go back to just having a celebration of athletic achievement and celebrate Americans for their achievement, their good deeds.” Kerr also lauded the Eagles for being what he called “fantastic citizens in their own community.” “It will be nice when we can just get back to normal in three years,” Kerr said. The overwhelming issue surrounding the Eagles’ planned visit was that most of the team was not going to attend, and that was a major factor in Trump deciding to pull the invitation. “What else do you expect Trump to do?” Golden State’s Kevin Durant said. “When somebody says they don’t want to come to the White House, he disinvites them. So the photo op don’t look bad. We get it at this point. But it’s good that guys are sticking to what they believe in and what they want to do. Like guys said before me, I’m sure whoever wins this series won’t be going.” Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.