Steph returns to old stomping grounds

The city of Toronto is important to Stephen Curry.

Some of his in-laws live in the city, he has friends there and how could anyone forget that he spent a few formative years around the Raptors as his father, Dell, finished his career north of the border.

“Every year I get to see some familiar faces,” Curry said after practice on Tuesday.

And since it’s Steph, his memories include a good deal of jump shooting. This day in particular was reminiscent of his old times as the Maple Leafs played below on the main floor, forcing the Golden State Warriors practice upstairs into another gym.

“Me and my brother [used to] blast music [in here], and then shoot for three quarters of the basketball game and then go watch the fourth quarter form the 300 level right outside,” Cury recalled. “We’d poke our head out the tunnel.”

Curry’s Dubs face the Toronto Raptors, led by the hot-shooting DeMar DeRozan, tonight.

DeRozan is leading the league in scoring at 34 points per game and netted 306 points in his first nine contests, putting him into company of players like Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rick Barry.

“He’s playing with a really high level of confidence, he’s been an All-Star before but he’s just playing probably at the highest level he’s ever played at,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “… He’s tough to stop, he’s got the speed and the strength to get any shot he wants.”

The Raptors will be playing on the second night of a brutal back-to-back after losing to the defending champion Cavaliers in Cleveland on Tuesday.

But even with those circumstances, the Raptors will pose an intriguing matchup for the Dubs, who will be challenged to stop Toronto’s traditional big men while also focusing enough defensive pressure on DeRozan and Kyle Lowry — making tonight a rare early-season must watch.

On a completely unrelated note, here’s Curry reacting to David Blaine spitting out frogs on an ABC program:

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