How Steph Curry leads like no other NBA superstar
The Golden State Warriors took some local students to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in lieu of the defending NBA champions visiting the White House.
That’s when Curry takes control of the huddle.
Everybody raises an arm up and Curry steps in to give a pep talk. He seldom yells and his voice isn’t overpowering. Instead he’s calm and composed, explaining the points of emphasis for that particular contest while his teammates listen. He’s the final voice everyone hears before going out onto the court.
The real goal for Riley and the Heat in the coming week is to find a way to close the gap between themselves and the other top teams in the East. Big raises are due for Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson, so the Heat are careening toward a major luxury tax situation. That will severely limit their flexibility next year. Now is the time to make a run.
With Dion Waiters out for the rest of the season after ankle surgery, the focus has been on acquiring some punch on the bench, and Miami has been chasing Memphis guard Tyreke Evans earnestly — it would have the double benefit of keeping Evans from the Celtics, who most around the league consider the frontrunners to land Evans.
They have no choice. The Giants don’t have much currently under contract, and new general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur have vowed to fix the offensive line. Some of the major work has to be done in free agency, especially with arguably the Giants’ three best linemen — Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg and D.J. Fluker — on the market. — Jordan Raanan
Through 59 games, 57.4 percent of Anunoby’s shot attempts have been made up of catch-and-shoot 3-pointers. He’s made 34.4 percent of those opportunities, putting him on the same page as the likes of Russell Westbrook, Luc Mbah a Moute and Andrew Wiggins.
It doesn’t make him one of the better 3-point shooters in the NBA — league average on those shots is 37.3 percent — but Anunoby has been good for 0.9 catch-and-shoot 3-pointers per game since becoming a full-time starter. The combination has been just enough for him to not be a liability when sharing the court with Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas.