Stephen Curry rises for a layup against the Miami Heat on Monday. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr defends Steph Curry’s merits as a ‘two-way player’

Asked whether Stephen Curry, the two-time MVP, who’s famous for his long-range shooting and acrobatic finishes around the rim, is an underrated defender, Kerr offered an emphatic vote of confidence.

“We always talk about two-way guys, Steph Curry is a two-way guy,” Kerr declared.

While conceding that physical strength is not Curry’s forte, the head coach praises the point guard for his quick hands, which lead to a plethora of steals and deflections. Averaging 1.8 steals per game, Curry is currently seventh in the Western Conference in that department.

“We’re not trying to hide him on defense,” Kerr added. “We don’t change schemes to protect him. He’s very much a part of what we do defensively.”

WARRIORS NOTES

Happy Birthday Al: A number of Warriors — including Green and Omri Casspi — wished a happy birthday to Al Attles, the longtime Warriors legend, during practice. Green and Casspi were among the Dubs sporting shirts featuring a likeness of the 1975 NBA champ and his nickname — “The Destroyer” — in script.

Attles, who has been ill, is expected at Oracle Arena for Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, one day after his 81st birthday.

Klay and the Globetrotters: Following practice, Klay Thompson stayed busy getting up extra shots with a couple of members of the Globetrotters, who were at the facility, dishing elaborate passes to the Splash Brother.

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