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Teams starting to key on Warriors' Curry

Teams starting to key on Warriors' Curry Warriors rookie guard Stephen Curry is used to attention. He's been in the spotlight since his sophomore season at Davidson College, and the fanfare has followed him into the pro ranks.

But the kind of attention he gets now opposing offenses attacking him as a matter of course is a different kind of spotlight. Relentless. The last two games Curry has been a target on the defensive end. He said he expects the Sacramento Kings' sizeable backcourt to try and exploit him tonight.

Unless Curry packs on muscle fast and learn the tricks of the trade in a hurry, one of his most noted weaknesses will continue to attract predators.

"For me I feel like I gave a great enough effort," Curry said after Friday's game. "I'll just weather the storm. I'll look at the film and see if there's anything I could do differently before (the offensive player gets) the ball. I don't know. I'm trying to not use my hands as much, use my body more. If they score and score, but I want to make it tough on them."

The Los Angeles Clippers took advantage of Curry's slight build 6-foot-3, 180 pounds and lack of experience. Guard Eric Gordon drove straight at Curry or ran him off a collection of screens. Point guard Baron Davis took Curry straight to the post.

The result: Curry fouled out with five points and three assists in 22 minutes, and wasn't much of a factor.

Certainly, every opposing point guard won't have a size advantage. Sacramento's was negated by the left wrist injury to Kevin Martin, which moves 6-6, 220-pound point guard Tyreke Evans to shooting guard. Curry will now defend Beno Udrih, a far less physically imposing opponent.

Still, the blueprint is being created. And since coach Don Nelson has committed to starting Curry at point guard, the Warriors rookie will just have to take his medicine.

Perhaps making it harder to swallow is that Curry can't use his offense to help his defense. Curry isn't always able to retaliate on offense. He's able, in his mind, but he said he's choosing to do what he thinks is best for the team.

He said he sees a tendency on the team to let defensive shortcomings influence the offense. If players aren't arguing over who blew the assignment, they are trying to exact revenge in one-on-one fashion. Curry said he wants to set a different tone.

"I've got to shoot the ball when I'm open," he said. "But I'm also the point guard. I've got to get the ball moving because we struggle with that. I think that's something I can do very well. It's my job to get that going early in the game. When the ball goes in the basket, somebody didn't do their job defensively so everybody's trying to point fingers while we're in transition. ... By the time we get down court, there are 16 seconds on the shot clock and nobody knows the play."


According to a team source, the Charlotte Bobcats are interested in acquiring Stephen Jackson, but as has been the case the offer isn't appealing to the Warriors . ... Center Andris Biedrins worked out lightly on the side. He missed Friday's game with a lower-back strain. He will be a game-time decision. ... Biedrins' back-up, Ronny Turiaf (left knee sprain) did not practice and is not expected to play though he's listed as day-to-day.

Warriors at Kings ?Today: in Sacramento, 6 p.m. ?TV/Radio: CSN/KNBR (680)

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Added: November 9, 2009


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