After two lackluster performances by the Warriors to start the preseason, both resulting in losses, Curry stepped out of his comfort zone and lit into the team before its third contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves in China.
Man, he went off on us. In the preseason, West said. He knew we weren’t going in with the right frame of mind and it was something we needed to hear. He made his point and we beat them by  points.
Green is obviously more known to be the one to get on his teammates. His in-your-face, expletive-filled approach has also proved effective on the team. When asked if Curry, a devout Christian who many lift up as a wholesome sports figure, curses from time to time to illustrate his anger, Green just smiled and said, You’ll have to ask him.
The 2017 season was tough for Pugh, as the 2013 first-rounder had to bounce around from left guard to right tackle again in New York’s often makeshift line. He also played only half of the season because of a back injury. His versatility to play multiple positions gives him nice rebound appeal away from the Giants.
McKinnon took advantage of the early-season injury to Dalvin Cook, remaining more active than ever as an explosive receiving back. He isn’t a guy a team can pound between the tackles or give 25 touches, but he can be a valuable cog to boost a passing game.
Okafor was having his best, most disruptive season with 4 1/2 sacks in 10 games before going down with Achilles injury. He’s a solid all-around end with double-digit sack potential in the right system.
Tim Hardaway Jr. shot a woeful 1 of 14 from the field, missing all seven of his 3-point attempts, in the Knicks’ 92-90 loss at Milwaukee. At least he’s been consistent. He went 1 for 10 in New York’s loss at Boston Wednesday.
Houston Rockets (37-13) at Cleveland Cavaliers (30-20). The Cavaliers have won three of their last four, which doesn’t sound all that impressive on its surface, but in context of how Cleveland has been playing since mid-December, it’s downright scorching. LeBron and Co. won’t have an easy time keeping that momentum going in Saturday night’s nationally-televised game against the Rockets, especially with Kevin Love sidelined with an injured hand.
You have to count Johnson’s history against him. Had he not been so obvious about his desire to sign George on national television, this might have floated under the NBA’s radar.
Still, this is silly. Johnson complimented one of the league’s best players and predicted a championship in his future �� for the Bucks, not the Lakers. Milwaukee even used Johnson’s quote on its official Instagram page.