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Curry first to accomplish NBA playoffs feat since Kareem

In 1970, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a rookie for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Curry first to accomplish NBA playoffs feat since Kareem
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Steph Curry archetypal to range NBA playoffs feat since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Steph Curry archetypal to range NBA playoffs feat since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar By Drew Shiller May 17, 2019 4:34 PM

Programming note: Watch the pregame impression of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Steph Curry has been unbelievable so far in the Western Conference finals against the Trail Blazers:
Game 1 = 36 points, seven assists, six rebounds
Game 2 = 37 points, eight assists, eight rebounds

As a result, this is now a fact:

Stephen Curry of the @warriors is the archetypal player with 35+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists in each of the archetypal 2 games of a conference/division finals since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did so as a rookie in the 1970 Eastern Division Finals vs. New York.#DubNation

— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) May 17, 2019

That's some pretty exclusive company for the Warriors star.

In 1970, here's how Kareem performed in the archetypal two games against the Knicks:
Game 1 = 35 points, ?? rebounds, ?? assists
Game 2 = 38 points, 23 rebounds, 11 assists

The good folks over at basketball-reference.com only have the rebound and assist totals from Game 2 of that series.

Here's another statistic for you:

The last time Steph Curry scored 36+ points in back-to-back games before tonight:
-Jan. 28, 2017 = 43 points
-Feb. 1, 2017 = 39 points https://t.co/sn4IXIfG0D

— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 17, 2019

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And in case you were wondering: In Game 3 at Portland on Saturday night, Curry is looking to score 30-plus points in his fourth consecutive playoff game for the archetypal time since 2015 (Game 6 at Memphis and the archetypal three games of the West finals against the Rockets).

Lastly, if you're looking for something to do on a Friday night, listen to the Warriors Outsiders Podcast for a breakdown of Golden State's Game 2 win.

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Steve Kerr lauds ex-49er Keanon Lowe for preventing Oregon school shooting

Steve Kerr lauds ex-49er Keanon Lowe for preventing Oregon school shooting By Dalton Johnson May 18, 2019 6:16 PM

Keanon Lowe caught passes in college at the University of Oregon, but a tackle made him a hero on Friday. 

Lowe, a former 49ers assistant coach, prevented a shooting at Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. when he tackled a student who was carrying a shotgun, The Oregonian reported. 

"Keanon Lowe, a remarkable act of courage. My hats off to him," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Saturday before Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. 

In 1984 Kerr's father, Malcolm, was assassinated by a gunman while serving as President at the American University of Beirut. 

Kerr called Lowe's act "heroic" and said "we should all be thankful for him." Saturday is also the one-year anniversary of the Santa Fe shooting that killed eight people. Kerr went into detail on America's on-going problems with gun violence. 

Steve Kerr's full comments on @KeanonLowe stopping a school shooting at Parkrose High School here in Portland pic.twitter.com/zMWfOtt4dn

— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 18, 2019

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Kerr participated in March For Our Lives last year, a grass-roots demonstration in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting. Less than two weeks before the march, he addressed a town hall in Newark, where he said: “There are many things to debate, but kids getting murdered...that’s not up for debate.”

NBA rumors: Kyrie Irving's behavior making teams 'wary' of signing him

USATSI NBA rumors: Kyrie Irving's behavior making teams 'wary' of signing him By Ali Thanawalla May 18, 2019 5:18 PM

Kyrie Irving will be one of the NBA's most coveted free agents when July 1 rolls around. But prospective teams now are approaching Irving with a bit of caution.

The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett reported Saturday that "some teams thought to have interest in Irving as a free agent are now a great deal more wary."

What is causing this change of heart from teams? It has to do with the way Irving acted throughout the 2018-19 season, and how the Boston Celtics' season ended.

Back in October, Irving spoke to Celtics fans and told them he planned to re-sign with Boston if the team wanted him back. Then, in February, he had a change of heart and vented to the media about his free-agent plans.

“Ask me July 1," Kyrie told reporters in New York on Feb. 1. "At the end of the day, I’m going to do what’s best for my career. I spent the last eight years trying to do what everyone else wanted me to do -- managers, other personnel -- and I don't owe anybody s--t."

With all the free agency questions surrounding the Celtics, they never lived up to their potential and were bounced out of the NBA playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.

[RELATED: Kyrie has discussed joining LeBron, Lakers]

Irving has been tied to a partnership with Kevin Durant and the New York Knicks, which has been seen by some as inevitable. But this latest report from The Herald has us wondering if the Knicks are one of the teams having cold feet about adding Irving.

And if Irving isn't going to The Big Apple, will Durant have second thoughts about leaving the Warriors for the Knicks? Hmm.

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