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May 26, 2015 Updates
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“Most teams can’t come back from being down 3-1, but we did,” Harden said. “We have to continue to fight — to go out there and play Rockets basketball. It’s win or go home. We understand that.” For the Rockets, the key is going to be playing with more energy, Harden said. The Rockets lost Game 3 at Toyota Center 115-80 on Saturday night. “Our energy was low,” he said. “We couldn’t get a rhythm. They got it going. Once they got it going, it’s hard to come back being down 20- 25 points. We can’t get in a hole like that against a team this good.” Houston Chronicle

All eyes are on him, the Warriors franchise is staked to his shoulders, there is a championship on the line, and Curry has never been better ... or more at peace. "It feels normal, really," Curry said from the middle of the media maelstrom before the Warriors' Sunday practice at Rice University. "I feel comfortable. I feel ready for the moment, and able to kind of just block out the extracurricular stuff that could distract you from the focus on the court. "Pretty content with where we are and just hungry to keep getting better and keep doing what we're doing." San Jose Mercury-News

"The beauty of Steph is he is who he is," coach Steve Kerr said. "He's reserved but competitive. He's modest but arrogant. "It's an incredible combination of confidence and humility and the way it manifests itself in the game ... it's really fun to watch." Let's just roll through what the NBA MVP has done in the Warriors' last six games, all victories, all with the stakes increasing each day. San Jose Mercury-News

May 24, 2015 Updates

Were both series to go seven games, the West would've concluded May 31 and the East on June 1, resulting in a two-day turnaround into the Finals. But with the Warriors and Cavs surprisingly dominating their respective series -- the Warriors can close out the Rockets Monday night, while the Cavs won the first two games of their series in Atlanta -- the league is exploring a contingency plan. It's complicated and unlikely, sources say, based on television commitments, hotel capacities, international media travel and other considerations. One person familiar with the discussions described them as being in the "very early exploration" stage. CBSSports.com

Curry, who is averaging 29.9 points per game (47.5% shooting overall, 44.8% from three-point range), 6.6 assists and five rebounds per game in the playoffs, admits that he has never put together a hoops meal as tasty as this one. "Yeah, because the moment is bigger," he said. "And anytime you play well in games that matter, in big-time moments, it means a lot more. I'm just trying to be as consistent as I've been, is most important. (It's not) putting up crazy numbers, just consistently trying to help your team win is the biggest thing. USA Today Sports

Marc Stein: The offensive rebound you grabbed yesterday, sneaking inside, outfoxing Dwight to the ball... How proud are you of that? Stephen Curry: Probably my best rebound to date. Just the right place at the right time. He didn't see me coming in. Got the body on him, I was just able to grab it with one hand... In the playoffs, random stuff like that happens, and you just want to try to impact the game in any way you can. ESPN.com

Trevor Ariza‘s nose was practically in Curry’s mouthpiece, but he still got it off — and it still went in. Curry turned to the fan — the look of astonishment on the face of his female companion was the stuff of Deadspin glory — removed his mouthpiece and glared. “I don’t even remember what he said,” Curry said. “A four-letter word I can’t repeat. That’s when I turned and said, ‘Sit down,’ just having fun with him. If they want to talk, hopefully they can take some back.” CBSSports.com

The Golden State Warriors are taking care of business on the court in the Western Conference Finals, but the team is also focused on taking care of business in court. The Warriors responded on Friday to a lawsuit brought against the team and Ticketmaster by ticket resale site StubHub, accusing them of illegally rigging the resale market, by filing a motion to dismiss the case. The case, should it proceed to trial, would be seen as a landmark development in the sports ticketing industry. A legal decision would set forth for the first time an established precedent as to whether the sports fan leases the right to a ticket or owns it and whether teams have the right to tell fans where they can sell the seats that they buy. ESPN.com

And in a flurry of cold-blooded daggers -- off the dribble, catch-and-shoot and in the corner where one particular fan got under his skin, Curry showed a different side of himself, even if it is still in the formative stages. Steph Curry, villain. "It's fun, playoff basketball, and you get hecklers -- guys up close who paid a lot of money for those seats and want to get their money's worth," Curry said after dropping 40 points on the Rockets in a 115-80 evisceration of Houston that gave Golden State a 3-0 chokehold in the best-of-7 series. CBSSports.com



Wilt Chamberlain never won a championship with the Warriors, but his monstrous stats make him the clear pick for No. 1 player in franchise history.


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