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2010 ALL-STAR WEEKEND BLOG

Throughout All-Star Weekend in Dallas, warriors.com will provide constant blog updates on Stephen Curry and Anthony Morrow. Stay tuned for news updates, photo galleries, videos and more as the two young Warriors compete and spend time at the events.

Warriors.com All-Star Weekend Coverage

Sunday, February 14 (8:14 a.m.)

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Curry Finishes Second In Three-Point Contest

Stephen Curry's whirlwind three-day stay in Dallas culminated with the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on NBA All-Star Saturday Night. The only rookie in the competition, Curry was nonetheless picked as one of the favorites. With teammate Anthony Morrow rooting him on from courtside, thousands in attendance, and millions watching from home, Curry was definitely in the spotlight...and disappoint he did not. View a photo gallery and full video highlights below:



HIGHLIGHTS

CURRY - ROUND 1

CURRY - ROUND 2


Curry finished with the highest score in Round 1, tallying a score of 18 despite only making one moneyball. Curry advanced to the finals against veterans Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups, but he was not intimidated. After Pierce put up 20 in his final round performance, Curry came close to defeating the long-time Celtic, finishing with 17 points, good for second place. A full breakdown of the results is shown below:

PLAYER
FIRST ROUND
FINALS
Paul Pierce
17
20
Chauncey Billups
17
14
Stephen Curry
18
17
Danilo Gallinari
15
N/A
Channing Frye
15
N/A
Daequan Cook
15
N/A

If nothing else, over the last four days, Curry has made himself known to any NBA fan who was unfamiliar with him. After notching an amazing triple-double on Wednesday night against the Clippers, Curry headed straight to Dallas, where he spent Thursday going through an NBAE Media Circuit. On Friday, he showed off his trick shot skills at the Rookie practice before helping lead the Rookies to a 140-128 victory over Morrow and the Sophomores. And on Saturday, he nearly took down two long-time All-Stars in the Three-Point Contest in one of the NBA's biggest nights of the year.

It's been a wild few days for the rookie, and the same can be said for Morrow. After going undrafted and then leading the NBA in three-point percentage last season, the Georgia Tech product was still relatively unknown to casual fans. It was a special experience to be invited to this weekend's festivities, and Morrow most definitely did not take anything for granted.

The two young Warriors will now have a few days to rest, sit back, and take in all that they have experienced. It's a well-earned rest, and it's an experience neither of them will ever forget.

For complete behind-the-scenes coverage of everything Curry and Morrow went through over the past several days, feel free to scroll down and check out exclusive videos, photo galleries, links and much more.



Saturday, February 13 (3:03 p.m.)

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Curry Set For Tonight's Three-Point Shootout

Stephen Curry has a chance to become the first rookie in NBA history to win the Three-Point Shootout. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
No rookie has ever won the Three-Point Contest during the NBA's All-Star Weekend. No Warrior has ever won the contest, either. That all can change in a matter of hours when Warriors guard Stephen Curry competes in the 2010 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout.

TNT's coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday begins at 5 p.m., and soon after Curry will go up against Chauncey Billups, Channing Frye, Danilo Gallinari, Paul Pierce and defending champion Daequan Cook in the three-point shootout. Among tonight's competitors, Curry has the second-best three-point percentage this season. The Warriors guard is ninth in the NBA at 43.4 percent (89-for-205) from long distance, while Pierce is fifth in the league (44.8 percent).

Here's a look at tonight's Three-Point Shootout competitors:

Player
3-Pointers Made
3-Pointers Attempted
3-Point %
NBA Rank - 3-Pt. %
Paul Pierce, BOS
78
174
44.8
5th
Stephen Curry, GSW
89
205
43.4
9th
Channing Frye, PHX
120
277
43.3
10th
Chauncey Billups, DEN
101
238
42.4
12th
Danilo Gallinari, NYK
131
326
40.2
24th
Daequan Cook, MIA
32
101
31.7
N/A


Of course, season percentages can be thrown out the window in a contest such as this. As opposed to catch and shooting or dribbling into a shot, the competitors will be picking up the balls out of the racks in tonight's contest, so how the shooters find their rhythm will differ than how they normally do in a game situation.

In a blog entry from earlier this week, we showed you video of Curry practicing off of a ball rack at the Warriors Practice Facility. He seemed to have his rhythm then, and if he can be as accurate tonight as he was then, he ought to have a decent shot at becoming the first rookie and first Warrior to be crowned the NBA Three-Point Shootout champion.

And in the off chance that one of the competitors is a late scratch for the competition, the NBA surely knows that they have one of the best shooters in the league already in attendance - the Warriors' Anthony Morrow. Morrow led the NBA in three-point shooting last season (46.7%), and he ranks fourth in the league this season (45.2%). Morrow's presence at All-Star Weekend has already given him some well-earned attention, as noted by Henry Abbott of True Hoop and by Tim Potvak of NBA Fanhouse, among many others. So if someone happens to develop a severe case of elbow tendinitis during warmups, a ready and willing Morrow will surely be ready to show what he's got. And if not, you can be assured that he'll be Curry's loudest and most supportive fan.

Remember, TNT's coverage begins at 5 p.m., so be sure to tune in.



Saturday, February 13 (9:44 a.m.)

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Rookies Win, Day 2 Recap Video

After another whirlwind day in Dallas, Stephen Curry and Anthony Morrow stepped on the court as opponents in the 2010 Rookie Challenge. Curry and the Rookies wound up victorious, winning a 140-128 shootout over the Sophomores. For a full recap on their second day in Dallas watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes video below.



Curry finished the night with 14 points on 6-11 shooting, while Morrow scored 15 after shooting 7-12 from the floor. To watch full highlights from the game, watch the video below.




Curry will now prepare for tonight's NBA All-Star Saturday Night, where he will compete in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout (TNT, 5:30 p.m.)

For more coverage of the previous two days, including videos, photos and other behind-the-scenes coverage, read our previous entries.



Friday, February 12 (2:32 p.m.)

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Day 2 Photos, Interviews; Game Begins At 6 p.m.

Click the image below to view a photo gallery from today's Rookie/Sophomore Shootaround.



Following practice, Stephen Curry was interviewed along with fellow rookies James Harden, Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings. Watch their interviews below.




Meanwhile, Anthony Morrow spoke about the Sophomore team's chances to win tonight's game, among other things. Watch his interview below:



For more coverage of the previous two days, including videos, photos and other behind-the-scenes coverage, read our previous entries.



Friday, February 12 (11:22 a.m.)

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Day 1 Video Feature; Curry Hits Two From 3/4 Court

Warriors.com followed Stephen Curry and Anthony Morrow all day on Thursday. Watch a video recap of their first day in Dallas below:




The two Warriors got up early and participated in the Rookie/Sophomore Shootaround this morning. We'll have photos and video of their practice session in a bit, but in the meantime, check out video of Stephen Curry hitting not one, but two 3/4 court shots during shootaround. Maybe next year's H.O.R.S.E. competition should just feature Curry and Monta Ellis going head-to-head.



For more a photo gallery of yesterday's events, view our previous entry.



Thursday, February 11 (8:49 p.m.)

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Curry & Morrow Arrive In Dallas

Upon arriving in Dallas on Thursday, Stephen Curry and Anthony Morrow were greeted with something they probably weren't expecting...snow. After landing in the Lone Star state and navigating through the snow, the Warriors teammates made their way to the NBAE Media Circuit. For a recap of their day, view the photo gallery below.



Click here for video of Curry's arrival in Dallas. Curry also took the time to talk appear on Kevin Calabro's ESPN Radio Show earlier in the day. Listen to the full interview below.


Stephen Curry With Kevin Calabro - 2/11/10


For more coverage of today's events, plus a recap of last night's amazing game, view our previous entry.



Thursday, February 11 (1:41 p.m.)

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Looking Back On An Amazing Night

Teammates Anthony Morrow and Anthony Tolliver congratulated Stephen Curry for his triple-double on Wednesday night. (warriors.com photo)
What a night! The Warriors beat the Clippers 132-102 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena in the team's final game before All-Star Weekend. Not only did the team get a much-needed win, it did so in history-making fashion – thanks in large part to Stephen Curry.

Golden State shot 62 percent from the floor in the win, the team's highest percentage since April 1, 1994, vs. Minnesota. The Warriors started the game off hot and never really cooled down either. After the Clippers threatened to get back into the game in the second quarter, the Warriors erased any hint of a letdown by putting up an NBA season-high 46 points in the third period.

With Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette unable to play due to injury, seemingly every other Warrior stepped up to fill the void. Anthony Morrow had 26 points, 10 rebounds and tied a career-high with six assists for his second-straight double-double; Anthony Tolliver had a career-high 29 points; Ronny Turiaf had a season-high six assists; Andris Biedrins connected on all five of his shots and the team tied a season-high with 36 assists. Needless to say, the Warriors were clicking on all cylinders last night, and there's no question as to who it all started with.

From the first quarter on, the night belonged to Stephen Curry. Not that he needed to, but Golden State's rookie guard further proved his legitimacy as a contestant in Saturday's Three-Point Shootout in Dallas by knocking down five three-pointers in the first period. Curry tied a 19-year-old franchise record for three-pointers made in a quarter, and it's not like he fizzled out after the opening period, as he finished with 36 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds – all career-highs – for his first-career triple-double. Just how impressive was his performance? Consider this:
  • It was the first triple-double by a Warriors rookie since Chris Webber had 22 points, 12 boards and 12 assists on 12/23/93 vs. the L.A. Clippers.


  • Curry's 13 assists were the most by a Warriors rookie since Vonteego Cummings had 13 on 12/22/99 vs. the L.A. Clippers..


  • Curry is the NBA's first rookie to have at least 30 points in a triple-double since Phoenix's Kevin Johnson had 34 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Seattle on 4/16/88.


  • Curry is just the sixth rookie in NBA history to have at least 35 points in a triple-double. Jason Kidd, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Elgin Baylor also achieved that feat.
Don't just take it from us, watch for yourself in the video below:



After such an electric night at Oracle Arena, it's not surprising that Curry and Morrow didn't sleep too much last night, and their Twitter pages would tell you as much. Instead, they enjoyed the victory and prepared for this morning's trip to the winter wonderland that has become Dallas. Both Morrow and Curry will compete in the Rookie Challenge – albeit against one another – on Friday, and Curry will go on to compete in the Three-Point Shootout on Saturday.

Shortly after arriving in Dallas, Anthony Morrow checked in with the Fitz and Brooks show on KNBR. Listen to that interview below:


Anthony Morrow On KNBR - 2/11/10


We'll be back with much more coverage later today and throughout the upcoming weekend, so stay tuned.



Tuesday, February 9 (9:19 p.m.)

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Video: Stephen Curry Practices For The Three-Point Shootout

In our previous blog entry, we discussed how Stephen Curry conducted a few practice rounds of the three-point shootout over the weekend. The Warriors' rookie guard was back at it again earlier today, as he conducted five more trial runs following the team's practice. We filmed three of those rounds. Check out the video below …



Curry topped out at 23 points today, which included two possible points for the fifth and final shot attempt of each of the five racks. The actual Money Balls that will be used in Saturday's competition were not used in today's practice rounds, but Curry did shoot with them over the weekend. He said the multi-colored Money Balls feel different than the ones that are used in actual games, so he will have to adjust to that. On the flip side, the Money Balls appeared to be a bit smaller, so perhaps he'll have more room for error for those oh-so-important two-pointers during Saturday's competition.

One thing that Curry shouldn't have to worry about come Saturday is leaving balls on the racks. During the Three-Point Shootout, each participant will have 60 seconds to attempt 25 three-pointers at five separate locations around the arc, and every year time expires before some competitors can put up all of their shots. Curry, however, has a quick enough release so he shouldn't need to alter his shot for the contest. As seen in the video above, he had at least a few seconds to spare during each of today's trial runs.

In other Warriors news, Monta Ellis underwent an MRI earlier today after injuring his left knee in Monday's 127-117 loss to the Mavericks. The procedure confirmed that he has a mild sprain in his left knee, and his status for Wednesday's home game against the Clippers will be determined after further evaluation on Wednesday.

Head Coach Don Nelson discussed the possibility of playing without the team's two leading scorers – Corey Maggette sat out Monday's contest and is likely to miss the Clippers contest as well – and several other topics after today's practice. Find out what he had to say in the video below:



For more multimedia from today's practice, check out these interviews with Curry and Anthony Morrow.

Stephen Curry Inteview - 2/9/10


Anthony Morrow Inteview - 2/9/10


That's all for now, but we'll have much more coverage regarding All-Star Weekend and the Warriors in general in the very near future.



Tuesday, February 9 (12:57 p.m.)

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Preparing For The Shootout

A 3-year-old Stephen Curry sat on his father's lap and in front of Don Nelson during the 1992 Three-Point Shootout in Orlando. (photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
It's a scene that nearly every kid who has picked up a basketball over the last 25 years has played out in his or head. Hoisting up three-pointer after three-pointer, changing location after every fifth shot before releasing that 25th and final shot from the baseline corner – just as time expires on the 60-second clock. The multi-colored ball of that last shot attempt rotates through the air, carrying with it the outcome of the contest …

Few households have 25 basketballs and five ball racks, but if you've ever played the game, the chances are you have come up with a modified version of the NBA's annual Three-Point Shootout and imagined taking down the contest's legends such as Larry Bird and Craig Hodges. You know the scene, it ends with that buzzer-beating Money Ball popping the net in slow motion and the crowd going wild (obviously). Flash bulbs go off throughout the soldout arena, and the NBA All-Stars sitting, rather standing, courtside have their wide-eyed stares fixed on you after you just completed a perfect 30-point round (25-for-25, sinking five Money Balls worth two-points apiece) to become the champion of the Three-Point Shootout.

Regardless of the likelihood of the previous two paragraphs, Warriors guard Stephen Curry has a chance to make that a reality on Saturday. Eighteen years after he sat on his father's lap and watched the 1992 contest, Stephen Curry will compete in the 2010 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout. He has been hard at work preparing for the contest, logging extra hours in the gym after team workouts in anticipation of the All-Star Saturday event. The Charlotte native and son of two-time Shootout participant Dell Curry, Stephen Curry will be just the third rookie in the history of the 25-year-old event (Dennis Scott – 1991; Kyle Korver – 2004).

The last ball on each of the five racks in Saturday's Three-Point shootout will be a Money Ball, worth two points, like this one. (warriors.com photo)
Curry took a few trial runs on Sunday, posting 22 and 23 points, including the Money Balls. Not bad for a rookie, considering the highest single-round point total in the 2009 Shootout was 19 by champion Daequan Cook in the final. And in case you're wondering, the Shootout's record for the highest single-round score is 25, achieved by both Craig Hodges in 1986 and Jason Kapono in 2008. But before anointing Curry as the 2010 Three-Point champion, you might want to note that his practice rounds on Sunday were not timed. Also, he practiced in a near-empty practice facility that had little in common with the All-Star Saturday atmosphere that will include bright lights, a capacity crowd at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, a national television audience and the distraction of Craig Sager's hideous wardrobe.

How Curry will perform on Saturday in Dallas remains to be seen, but keep in mind that he has thrived in the national spotlight before (i.e. 2008 NCAA Tournament) and you can be sure that he has played out the contest in his head on more than a few occasions.



Thursday, February 5 (3:35 p.m.)

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Warriors Will Be Well-Represented At All-Star Weekend

Monta Ellis had a career-high 46 points on Wednesday (see video below), and perhaps that won't be the only memorable performance by a Warrior in Dallas this month. In case you haven't heard already, Stephen Curry has been selected to participate in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Saturday.

That was the talk of the media session of today's practice, and you can see videos of interviews with Curry and Anthony Morrow in the video below.



Curry, the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January, becomes the third Warrior to be selected for the contest and has the chance to be the first Warrior to ever win it. Both of Golden State's prior participants in the event, Sleepy Floyd in the inaugural event in 1986 and Tim Hardaway in 1991, fell to Three-Point Contest legends Larry Bird and Craig Hodges, respectively. Current Warriors forward Vladimir Radmanovic participated in the event in 2005 as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics.

Both Morrow and Curry will represent the Warriors during All-Star Weekend in Dallas. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Curry's involvement in the Three-Point Shootout adds to an already eventful weekend in Dallas for the Warriors organization, as both Curry and Morrow will take part in the Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. That event will feature nine of the NBA's top rookies going up against nine of the league's top sophomore players, so Morrow and Curry will be playing against each other in the event. That game will take place on Friday, February 12, at 6 p.m. at Dallas' American Airlines Center, and Warriors fans will be able to watch the action live on TNT.

The Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout will take place the following evening (Saturday, February 13) at the same venue, with TNT's coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. And as the rookie guard pointed out in the video above, he won't be the first Curry to participate in the three-point contest. Stephen's father, former NBA player and current Bobcats broadcaster Dell Curry, was a two-time competitor in the shootout – 1992 and 1994 – only to be beaten by Craig Hodges and Mark Price, respectively. Speaking of Dell Curry, he had the chance to watch his son play last Friday at Oracle Arena, as discussed in the most recent blog entry from Stephen Curry.

We'll have much more coverage on the All-Star Weekend events in the coming days, so stay tuned for that. In the mean time, let's get ready for some Warriors basketball. The team will play nine of its 10 remaining February games at Oracle Arena, beginning with Saturday's contest against the Thunder. Fans looking for even more good news can be relieved that Morrow, who had been out for the last three weeks with a sprained right knee, is expected to play on Saturday.

Quick Hits
  • Check out these highlights from Ellis' career-night on Wednesday:



  • Check out the latest blog entry from Ronny Turiaf, and also take note of his special message about Coaches vs. Cancer in his video below:



  • Be sure to take advantage of Jack's Box Office Specials, presented by Jack In The Box, and get a game ticket, plus a $5 Jack Ca$h card, for just $15.


  • Take part in C.J.'s Mohawk Night, presented by Supercuts, on February 21. The first 100 fans to get a complimentary mohawk at the event will receive a free ticket for that night's game vs. Atlanta, as well as an autographed print from C.J. himself.




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