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Stephen Curry eager to erase Game 2 nightmare

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For all the problems he had facing the Clippers' smothering trap defense in Game 2 of their playoff series, Warriors guard Stephen Curry hopes to see more of it.

So, too, do the rest of his Golden State teammates.

That might seem odd coming from a team that was on the bad side of a 40-point loss that tied the series at 1-1. The Warriors committed 26 turnovers and spent most of the game trying to dig out of a double-digit hole that just kept getting deeper.

Yet almost to a man, the Warriors believe the problems they had against the trap were mostly self-inflicted.

That's why when Golden State returned to the practice floor Tuesday, the emphasis was on cleaning up the mistakes the Warriors made more so than altering the offense to adjust to what Los Angeles did.

"We entice that trap because we have talent all over the court," Curry said. "If you give us an advantage we're probably going to beat you more times than not. Last night it seemed like we weren't able to make crisp, clean passes and crisp moves to the basket out of that trap, especially early in the game."

Los Angeles altered its defensive tactics slightly in the 138-98 blowout, harassing Curry with an aggressive two-man trap that successfully took him out of the mix. They also ran the trap at times in Game 1 but were more active with it Monday.

Curry insists things will be different in Game 3 Thursday when the series shifts to Oracle Arena.

"I just have to be aggressive out of it," said Curry, the Warriors' leading scorer. "If they're going to trap, that's fine. I just have to be able to make the right play out of it. It's not the first trap we've seen all year, so we'll be fine."

Golden State was anything but fine in Game 2.

The Clippers bounced back from their series-opening loss at home to dominate the Warriors at every turn behind a playoff-high 35 points from Blake Griffin.

Things got chippy between the two Pacific Division rivals late as the margin on the scoreboard widened.

Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers and Golden State center Jermaine O'Neal got into a heated exchange. Warriors backup point guard Jordan Crawford was called for a flagrant-1 foul after shoving Darren Collison. The Clippers' Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis went at it with the Warriors' Marreese Speights.

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