Stephen Curry, Warriors remain atop NBA’s most popular merchandise lists

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Maybe Stephen Curry’s huge performance Saturday night took a little something out of the All-Star point guard.

The Warriors announced that Curry will miss his first game of the season Sunday night, missing the matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers due to the stomach flu.

Butler led the Bulls to a 3-0 week, averaging a league-leading 38.0 points to go with 9.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists. He opened the week by scoring 52 points in a 118-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets, the second 50-point game of his career and the first by a Bull at the United Center since Michael Jordan in April 1997. Butler was prolific at the free throw line, making 21-of-22 against the Hornets and Stephen Curry jersey and  closing the week by shooting 18-for-20 from the stripe on his way to 42 points in a 123-118 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 7.

Curry led the Warriors to a 3-1 week behind averages of 31.8 points (third in the West), 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds. He scored at least 30 points in three of his four games and logged his second 40-point outing of the season when he finished with 40 points in a 128-119 overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 6. Curry, who became just the seventh player in Warriors history to score 12,000 career points, shot 50.0 percent from the field, 89.5 percent from the free throw line and 39.1 percent from three-point range.

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Everyone understood the sacrifice needed to accommodate another player with the letters MVP on his resume (i.e. Durant), and no one had a bigger adjustment to make than Curry. He became the face of a franchise and one of the NBA’s biggest stars over the course of the past three seasons.

Having to share that space with Durant, not to mention fellow All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, requires a certain kind of star to make it work. And the fact that the Warriors are just three games off the pace of their record-breaking regular season of a year ago is a testament to the work Curry has done this season.

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The site on which Durant stood, where the $1 billion privately-financed venue will open in the 2019-20 season, will host their foundation in name alone. It’s Durant, with Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and whoever else they can afford along the way, that are forging this talent-rich future together.

“I’m liking it here,” Durant said. “I’m liking everything that’s going on. I know what my contract says, but I didn’t plan on coming here for just a year. I’m in it right now, and I’m also just focusing on day by day.

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that reigning Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors remain in the top spots on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists, respectively. Results are based on NBAStore.com sales from October 2016 through December 2016.

Rounding out the top five are the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (No. 2), the Warriors’ Kevin Durant (No. 3), the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (No. 4) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (No. 5).

Later in the night, Curry was honored during halftime of Davidson’s game against Duquesne. The student section at Davidson’s John M. Belk Area was named in honor of Curry, the school’s all-time leading scorer. The new section will be called “Section 30,” in honor of the number Curry wore with the Wildcats during their run to the Elite 8.

Davidson won’t retire Curry’s number until he completes his college degree, part of a long-standing school rule. Curry left Davidson after his junior year for the NBA draft.

Stephen Curry is Stephen Curry when Golden State Warriors need him most

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Butler helped the Bulls to a 3-0 week behind averages of 32.5 points (second in the East) and 6.0 assists, propelling Chicago to seventh place in the Eastern Conference. On April 1, he hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds left, finishing with 33 points, to lead the Bulls to a 106-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. On April 2, he scored 39 points on 14-of-26 shooting to go with six rebounds and five assists in a 117-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Curry led the Warriors to a 4-0 week, extending their winning streak to 11 games behind averages of 31.8 points (second in the West) 7.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He shot 52.4 percent and connected on 20-of-42 three-point attempts. On April 2, he scored 42 points on 15-of-22 shooting and made 9-of-14 attempts from behind the arc in a 139-115 victory over the Washington Wizards. It’s the second consecutive season he’s recorded 300 three-pointers, and he remains the only player in league history to make 300 three-pointers in a season.

James Corden, the host of the “Late Late Show” on CBS, has made a name for himself the last few years for his Carpool Karaoke video series. In short, he teams up with musical acts both legendary and current to belt out some of their classics as they drive around town. (If you’ve somehow never seen the series, catch up on ’em all here.)

Corden recently visited the Bay Area and made a day of it with reigning two-time Kia MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. It’s a must-see video in which, yes, Curry does the Carpool Karaoke act — and so much more — with Corden during their day together.

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Rounding out the top five are the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (No. 2), the Warriors’ Kevin Durant (No. 3), the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (No. 4) and the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (No. 5).

The Warriors remain No. 1 on the team merchandise list, followed by the Cavaliers at No. 2, the Chicago Bulls at No. 3, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 4 and the New York Knicks at No. 5.

Curry was Curry for the first time in the series when the Warriors needed him most, down 13 points as the third quarter began, down 16 nearly six minutes later, without the injured Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston and Stephen Curry jersey and Matt Barnes, on the road, against an opponent that can pounce, and with Kerr said to be a few miles away at the hotel dealing with a possible relapse of the same illness that forced him to miss the first 43 games last season.

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Golden State was being crushed by a cascading pile of medical reports. Plus there was the state of Curry himself, at 38.6 percent from the field the first two games in Oakland and the opening three quarters as the series moved north Saturday, including especially bad misses that indicated someone needing a search party to locate his shooting rhythm.

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Thanks to their Game 4 loss on Friday, the Warriors’ point differential of plus-13.5 points per game fell short of the all-time record (plus-14.5 by the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks). But Curry’s plus-minus is a display of their postseason dominance.

It’s also a display of how important Curry is to the champs, even if he’s not the leading scorer. The attention he draws on offense makes things easier on every one of his teammates. LeBron James became the first player to average a triple-double in The Finals and Curry wasn’t that far behind, with averages of 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 9.4 assists. He had more than twice as many secondary assists (15) as any other player in the series and assisted Durant on 20 of his 60 baskets, with the Warriors using a heavy dosage of Curry/Durant pick-and-rolls in Game 5.

Iguodala, 33, averaged 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.00 steals in 26.3 minutes over 76 games for the Warriors in 2016-17, while shooting a career-high 52.8 percent. A 13-year NBA veteran, Iguodala led the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.50) and was a finalist for 2016-17 NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors, leading all reserves in plus/minus with an on-court differential of +6.9. The 2015 NBA Finals MVP scored a playoff season-high 20 points in Golden State’s series-clinching Game 5 win over Cleveland in the 2017 NBA Finals, hitting 9-of-14 from the field in 38 minutes.

Livingston, 31, shot a career-best 54.7 percent from the field and posted averages of 5.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 17.7 minutes over 76 games in 2016-17. The 13-year NBA veteran upped his accuracy to 57.6 percent from the field in the postseason, averaging 5.2 points over 14 games and scoring in double figures three times (twice in the NBA Finals). Livingston owns career averages of 6.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 698 games with nine different teams, including three seasons with Golden State.