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News » Golden State Warriors rookie Stephen Curry goes to highlight reel


Golden State Warriors rookie Stephen Curry goes to highlight reel


Golden State Warriors rookie Stephen Curry goes to highlight reel MILWAUKEE Before Saturday's 129-125 loss at Milwaukee, Warriors rookie guard Stephen Curry logged onto YouTube and watched some highlight clips of himself.

"Remind myself that I can shoot the ball," Curry said, "and just to be on the attack."

Curry was on the attack against the Bucks, finishing with 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting in 26 minutes. It snapped a streak of six consecutive games scoring in single digits and washed away the sour taste of his New York experience. He played only three minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

Curry, who said he gained confidence after knocking down his first shot against Milwaukee, wasn't just a facilitator Saturday. He was looking to create offense. He attacked the defense off the dribble, he looked for his own shot, and he pushed the ball in transition.

He even pulled out a little flair. Midway through the fourth quarter, he picked the pocket of Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, then on the other end of the court lost Jennings with a fake crossover dribble to get to the rim.

"(Coaches told me) just to be aggressive, play with abandon," Curry said. "I wanted to make an impact on the game. I just wanted to make use of my minutes and really be on the attack."

It's all part of Curry's more aggressive approach, spawned by his recent lack of play and subsequent frustration. Talk is surfacing about Curry being overrated and the wrong draft pick at No. 7, especially after rookie Jennings' 55-point performance Saturday.

But Curry said he's resolved to play his complete game. While his shooting struggles have been well chronicled, Curry is shooting 48.4 percent from the field, including 7-of-15 from 3-point range.

Despite his skills as a floor general, which exceeded the expectations of many, Curry knows his claim to fame is his ability to put the ball in the hole. Especially considering his struggles on defense (his 30 fouls are second on the team to Corey Maggette's 31), Curry needs to be a factor on offense.

"In my locker (at Oracle Arena), I'm going to put up the word aggressive," he said. "You'll see a lot more of that."

Swingman Kelenna Azubuike, who suffered a left patellar tendon injury in the first quarter Saturday, returned to the Bay Area on Sunday and met with team orthopedic physician Dr. Frank Chen at the team's practice facility. No new information on the injury resulted from the meeting. An MRI is scheduled for today.

According to Medscape's eMedicine.com , Azubuike is looking at three to five months of rehabilitation. The longer end of the spectrum will be if he needs surgery, which will be required if the tendon is fully torn.

Warriors guard C.J. Watson, on Twitter, said he might have H1N1 virus. He said he has to wear a mask when he's around people.

Watson was checked out by a doctor after Saturday's game, in which he played 34 minutes. He was congested and had problems breathing. His status for Tuesday's game at Cleveland is unknown.

Another player planning to be more aggressive is veteran center Mikki Moore. He had 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting with three assists Saturday. He knocked down four midrange jumpers without touching the net.

Moore said he'd been trying to be a facilitator and get the ball to the primary scorers. But he's getting the message. He needs to shoot.

"Coach told me to shoot the ball," Moore said of Don Nelson. "He said that's why we brought you here."


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Added: November 16, 2009

 

 
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