A day after a heartbreaking double-overtime playoff defeat, the Warriors were back at AT&T Center in San Antonio for practice with hardly a hint of sorrow over Monday’s events. The team is well aware that they let one get away, but instead of dwelling on that, they have come to a relatively simple realization: They are down just 1-0 in the Western Conference semifinals to the San Antonio Spurs.
“It's a learning experience, but it's tough,” Stephen Curry said before practice today. “But we're not discouraged. We deserve to be here.”
Game 2 is set for Wednesday night in the Lone Star State, and the Warriors have their eyes set on taking that game and coming back home with the series tied at one game apiece. Warriors reporter Laurence Scott provides the report from the team’s practice today in the video below:
Reaction to Game 1 and preparation from Game 2 weren’t the only stories of the day, as we learned today that Stephen Curry will grace a regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The magazine will hit newsstands later this week, and Warriors fans can learn how they can win an autographed copy of the magazine by visiting the team’s official Facebook page.
The SI cover is just the latest in what is becoming a frequent abundance of accolades for the 25-year old guard. Curry was the Western Conference Player of the Month for April and he established a new NBA single-season three-point record with 272 made treys in the regular season. That momentum has certainly rolled over to the postseason where Curry ranks third in scoring (27.1 ppg) and first in assists (9.6 apg) entering Tuesday’s playoff games.
And then there’s this …
“He’s probably the best shooter I’ve ever seen,” Tim Duncan said at today’s Spurs practice.
Such praise from Duncan shouldn’t be taken lightly. A pretty good player in his own rite, Duncan has been in the NBA long enough to play with and against some of the best (Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, Steve Kerr, etc.) perimeter threats from the last couple decades.
Curry has definitely carved himself a place near the top of that list, if not the absolute top, and it’s safe to say that DubNation would be quite pleased if he proved that once again on Wednesday in Game 2.