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Curry's shot concerns Warriors' Nelson


Curry's shot concerns Warriors' Nelson The last thing Warriors coach Don Nelson expected to worry him was Stephen Curry's shot.

Nonetheless, he's concerned.

Curry scored 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting Thursday night as the Warriors walloped New Orleans 126-92 in their exhibition finale. It was a step in the right direction for all parties, especially Curry.

The rookie No. 1 draft pick entered the game shooting 34.8 percent, including 4-for-21 from 3-point range.

Nelson said Curry is not even making shots in practice.

"I just thought it was a fluke for the first few weeks," Nelson said.

"He was always a volume shooter," Nelson said. "We're having him think more as a point guard. That may be a factor, but I don't think so. He feels free to take shots, and we encourage him to do it. I don't really know any reason.

"He was a great shooter in college. ... All I've been doing is just encouraging him. Keep shooting."

Nelson has told the Warriors' strength and conditioning personnel about cutting back Curry's weightlifting to see if that's the problem.

Curry said he lifts three days a week "heavy" for an hour straight. At most at Davidson, he said, he lifted "light" twice a week. But he said he doesn't think weights are the issue.

Curry said they have told him to scale back on the lifting, but a plan hasn't been put in place yet.

Curry said earlier that he thinks his struggles were based on the fact that he wasn't used to coming off the bench. Nelson said that's likely to be his role for the immediate future.

Nelson wants Curry to play in the backcourt with Anthony Morrow because the two have good chemistry already, and Curry has the vision and passing ability to feed Morrow, the team's best shooter, properly.

Morrow led the Warriors with 34 points Thursday. Curry's stat line also included 10 assists, six steals, six rebounds and five turnovers in 38 minutes.

Curry said even if he's on the second unit, his shot won't be a problem for long.

"I promise," Curry said, "it'll be fine by Wednesday."

Said Nelson: "He's one of the best shooters in college Basketball for as long as he played at Davidson. We assume that's just going to come around."

Four Warriors missed the game because of injury or illness, including center Andris Biedrins (under the weather) and forwards Anthony Randolph (sore back) and Kelenna Azubuike (left ankle).

Swingman Stephen Jackson who hasn't played at home since being suspended two games for going off on the bench against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 9 didn't get a chance to hear what the fans think of him now. A mild strain in his right hamstring kept him in street clothes.

The Warriors open the regular season Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.

New Orleans played without point guard Chris Paul (sick) and forward David West.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 23, 2009

 

 
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