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News » Professor Nash - a beautiful lesson

Professor Nash - a beautiful lesson

Professor Nash - a beautiful lessonWhen Warriors rookie Stephen Curry was yanked in the closing minute of the first half Friday night, a courtside fan stood up and yelled, "Take some notes, Curry."

Consider Friday's 123-101 loss to Phoenix learning experience No. 2 of the point guard's two-game career.

After making a costly turnover in the final 1 1/2 minutes of the Warriors' one-point loss to Houston on Wednesday, Curry got a game's worth of lessons from Steve Nash at the US Airways Center.

"Hopefully, Curry will learn a little from each game," coach Don Nelson said. "He saw a great point guard tonight, one that I know he would like to emulate."

Nash had 18 points, 20 assists and six rebounds, and he didn't make any of his three turnovers until the victory was clinched early in the second half. He showed Curry, who is often compared to a young version of the two-time league MVP, a nearly flawless example of how to run a winning team.

"I was pretty disappointed in our defensive coverages," Nelson said. "Nash is going to pick you apart whenever he can, and he certainly did. Offensively, we were inept.

"Other than that, we're going home, and it'll be Halloween."

Nash spread the ball around, putting Leandro Barbosa and Channing Frye in positions to score 24 and 22, respectively. He also set up Amar'e Stoudamire on most of his 20 points and Grant Hill on the majority of his 18.

"Nash was always in the right position to set his teammates up," Curry said. "He didn't really force anything, and made the shots when he had to take them. That's how he plays. That's why he's one of the best point guards in the game."

The Warriors got a standout game only from Monta Ellis, who went for 19 points, five rebounds and three assists, and was effective and active on the defensive end. Curry had 12 points, four assists and three turnovers.

"The rookie season is always tough, and Curry is going through the ups and downs of learning the game," Stephen Jackson said. "But he's going to be a great player in this league."

This wasn't the start the Warriors were looking for. The schedulemakers gave Golden State a tired Houston squad to open, and Phoenix marked the first of eight consecutive games against lottery teams. Yet, the Warriors sit at 0-2.

The Warriors weren't really in it against the Suns. They shot 42.4 percent, were outrebounded 47-38 and committed 22 turnovers that resulted in 31 points.

"We don't move the ball as well as we have in past years," Jackson said. "The chemistry we used to have is not even close, but I think it's up to the coaches to figure out what guys to have out there and get that chemistry back."

Point taken The Suns' Steve Nash dominated his matchup with Warriors rookie Stephen Curry.

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