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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond
Green said opponents are “terrified” of red-hot teammate Stephen
Curry, who continued his recent scoring barrage with 41 points in
Monday’s 123-108 road win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
“Anytime you step on the floor
with Steph Curry, there’s an advantage there,” Green told
reporters. “So, teams are terrified of him—and everywhere he
runs on the floor, with or without the ball, teams are terrified.
That type of gravity, he pulls a lot of weight.”
Curry knocked down 14 of his 26 shots,
including eight threes, against a desperate Pelicans squad that’s
fighting for its playoff life in the final weeks of the regular season. The two-time NBA
MVP also tallied eight assists, four rebounds and a steal across 35
Along with making a late surge into
this year’s MVP conversation, he’s also setting the Warriors up to
become a tough matchup in the play-in tournament and the playoffs.
“I wouldn’t want to see a team
with Steph Curry on it,” Green said. “We all know what he’s
capable of. The guy can take over a game and make it hard for any
team in the NBA on any given night.”
Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson
explained that along with Curry’s individual success, his ability to
make shots from just about anywhere on the floor creates space for
“If you get into a street fight
and you’ve got Mike Tyson standing on the side of you, how you gonna
feel?” Toscano-Anderson said. “That’s the best analogy I
can give you. He’s just—he’s different, man. So, I know if I get
into a pickle, I’m looking for him; he’s going to make something
happen more often than not. The defense, he’s just a magnet; the
defense is just gravitating toward him, so it’s opening up a lot of
Golden State (33-32) is fighting on two
fronts heading into the final seven games of its regular-season schedule.
The Warriors are 3.5 games behind the
Dallas Mavericks (36-28) for the sixth seed, which would allow them
to avoid the play-in tournament and advance directly into the
postseason, and they are now four games ahead of the Pelicans (29-36),
who are currently the first team out of the playoff picture in the West as the No. 11 seed.
Golden State and New Orleans face off
again Tuesday night, and another win by the Dubs would all but assure
them a top-10 spot.