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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-10-30

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-10-30

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-10-30Don Nelson says he sees a little Steve Nash in rookie Stephen Curry. Just how much might become clearer to even the casual fan when the point guards go head-to-head Friday in Phoenix.

Curry, the No. 7 overall pick of the June draft, had a Nash-type NBA debut in Wednesday's home loss to Houston, contributing 14 points, seven assists and four steals to the narrow defeat.

The Warriors would like nothing better than to see the former Davidson ace turn into the second coming of Nash, who played his college ball about 30 miles south of Oakland at Santa Clara. Already, there are hints.

Curry not only led the Warriors in assists in his first pro game, but also proved to be an accurate shooter, hitting seven of 12. Two of the seven field goals were especially impressive.

With the Warriors desperately needing late-game hoops, the rookie took matters into his own hands in the final 2-1/2 minutes. As Nash has done time and again behind big-man picks, Curry took advantage of a few feet of clearance to drain 20- and 18-footers to spearhead a last-gasp Warriors rally from a nine-point deficit.

Friday, Curry not only will get his first up-close-and-personal with Nash, but also will experience his initial Warriors-Suns duel. He can expect fireworks.

The Warriors lost three of four against the Suns last season, but it wasn't for a lack of scoring. Golden State averaged 118 points in those high-flying contests, yet saw Phoenix score as many as 154 on one occasion in a defense-less battle.

ROCKETS 108, WARRIORS 107: The Warriors fear teams like the Rockets for their interior play and rugged defense. But it was Houston's shockingly good long-range firepower that was the difference in Wednesday's season opener for the Warriors at Oracle Arena. One night after missing 13 of their 18 shots from beyond the three-point arc, the Rockets buried 12 of 26, outscoring the perimeter-oriented Warriors 36-12 from that distance. The last of the Warriors' seven missed three-pointers was the most critical, as Anthony Morrow, last year's three-point-shooting champion, misfired on a potential game-tying 24-footer with three seconds remaining.

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