The Warriors are headed to Houston for a date with the Rockets on Friday, but Stephen Curry said he wouldn’t bring his championship ring with him.
Last postseason, the Warriors made short work of the Rockets in the Western Conference finals, although the first two games were close encounters. Curry outshot (.515-.467) and outscored counterpart James Harden (31.2-28.4) by decisive margins.
“No,” Curry said of transporting the enormous designer ring, which he said he wore to bed the night before. “Everybody in the league knows. They probably were watching [Tuesday night], too.”
More on his mind were the recent words of the Rockets’ Ty Lawson, who claimed that Curry took time off on defense in the series. That prompted Lawson to text Harden about a possible move to the Rockets, who acquired him from the Denver Nuggets a short time later.
“I can watch games and nitpick guys all you want to,” Curry said. “I came out every night trying to do my job, win my position every night, no matter who the matchup was. I’m going to try to do the same thing on Friday.”
Whether Steve Kerr would join the team on the two-game trip to Houston and New Orleans was yet to be determined. Once again, the coach was at the practice facility on Wednesday, where he rode a stationary bike. He did not speak to the media.
According to one source, Kerr reported continued progress and hoped to return to the sidelines as early as next week.
“A lot of what Steve does is dependent on his how he’s feeling,” interim coach Luke Walton said. “So it’s hard to make plans for the future because he doesn’t know how he’s going to be.”
The status of Andrew Bogut is also uncertain after he was diagnosed with a concussion. The Warriors said he will be evaluated today and won’t return, according to NBA concussion protocol, “until he is symptom-free and cleared.” The center required three stitches to close a gash near his right eye, the result of a collision in the season opener, in which he also played with a broken nose.
Curry took a nasty spill in Houston and hit his head last postseason, but Lawson seemed to be more on his mind even though they hardly knew one another.
“Not really,” Curry said. “I played against him in college, worked out in Maryland a couple times at the same gym he went to. We were coming out of the same draft as well. So that’s about it.”
Curry added with sly grin, “I think I saw him on Rodeo Drive one time and I said ‘Hi.’”
Last summer, Harden reiterated his belief that he deserved the MVP award that went to Curry instead.
“He had a great year,” Curry said. “It’s not like he didn’t play at a high level and do what he needed to do for his team.
“I like James. He’s a great dude. Obviously, he’s a great player.”
After consultation with his staff, Walton decided against a full practice only hours after an emotional victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in the season opener.
“It’s a feel thing,” Walton said. “We’ve got a tough back-to-back coming up. We have a long travel day [today]. It just didn’t seem right that, after such an emotional night, we would ask them to ramp up the energy again today.”
The Warriors figure to have no such problem Friday.