Steph Curry's Career Is Over
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Steph Curry's Career Is Over

It was a good run.

Well, that's all she wrote for Steph. It seems like just yesterday he was on top of the world and the best player on his own team (flame emoji). Now, he's getting shit on like he's some walk on from Mercer.

I don't care how the rest of his season goes. He's officially an afterthought. The Warriors are now Kevin Durant's team and the NBA belongs to Russell Westbrook. Facts are facts.

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Steph Curry And Russell Westbrook Get Into It

Where was Kevin Durant to mediate?

"Oh, it's getting physical! It's getting physical!"

Well, isn't this cute? Little Steph Curry has a little fight to him after all. It was when he started pushing and shoving with Semaj Criston when Russell Westbrook decided to get involved in the dust up as well.

I know the Thunder think that this is a newfound little rivalry, but to the Warriors, they're just another team. It's too bad Durant was still sidelined for this game or he could have been a nice mediator between his current teammates and his former teammates.

To really stick it to the Thunder, Steph hit this little guy at the halftime buzzer to sprinkle a little bit of insult to that injury. This is just what Steph does. He is not bothered by anybody because he continues to stab daggering shots into people's backs.

If that scuffle was physical, what does that make the fight between Kobe Bryant and Chris Childs where Childs delivered two punches to Kobe's face? Don't piss off the mamba.

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The Warriors Are Still Incredible Without Steph Curry

Even when the MVP gets hurt they're steamrolling teams.

Some things in this world are impervious to adversity. Nature, for instance, doesn't bend at the will of humankind. Dams burst, buildings topple, and roads are uprooted. These things simply power through any obstacles.

The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors team is one of those things.

Playing without Steph Curry, back-to-back MVP and greatest shooter in the history of James Naismith's fine game, the Warriors had an incredible first quarter against Portland on Sunday, full of their trademark lightning-quick ball movement, freakishly accurate shooting, and high-pressure defense against Portland.

By the end of the quarter, Golden State led 37-17, which led to this incredible stat:

Here's a sampling of how the Warriors did it.

First off, Klay Thompson, the other half of Golden State's backcourt, got it going early from distance -- and we mean Steph Curry distance.

Thompson scored 17 of his game-high 37 points in the first quarter, knocked down seven threes in the game, and essentially played the role of his sidelined teammate all afternoon.

A little while later in the quarter, the Blazers' Mason Plumlee realized his team was already down 13 points, and wanted to give his squad a jolt. He got a open look at the hoop and wound up for a powerful slam that might've done the trick.

Instead, he ran into Andrew Bogut.

I mean, damn.

Bogut, whose role on the Warriors is largely that of the tall defender-and-rebounder, was in fine form Sunday.

And then, as if the quarter wasn't impressive enough, NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala decided to flash a little bit of the circus-like ability that normally comes from Curry.

It wasn't nearly as graceful as a Steph drive-and-flick finish, but there was something very endearing about Iguodala picking up the shield of the Warriors' injured leader and dazzling the Bay Area crowd with that wild lay-in.

The Warriors beat the Blazers, 118-106, and lead the second-round series 1-0. Curry isn't expected to be back for another week, but at this rate, it's not going to matter if he's out until the next round. This Warriors team is just something special.

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What To Watch For In Sports This Week (5/2)

Aaaaaand they're off!

It's Monday, which means we've flipped the page on the sports calendar and are ready for another jam-packed week of stuff to drink about.

Here are this week's biggest storylines in sports:

Monday, May 2

Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers: Game 1
Don't get it twisted; other than the fact that this will likely end up being the most exciting game of the series, it has no other significance but just that. There's little chance that the Hawks push this past four games, so get a good, final look at them before LeBron James and the Cavs send them home for the next five months.

Tuesday, May 3

Chicago Cubs' SP Jake Arrieta goes for 17th straight win
Arrieta's streak of scoreless innings while pitching at Wrigley Field finally came to an end at 52 2/3 last week vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. Fortunately, he can still focus on another ridiculous streak when he takes the mound again on Tuesday against Pittsburgh when he goes for his 17th straight win.

No, really. That's the longest such streak the MLB has seen in a decade; the longest since Jose Contreras of the Chicago White Sox won 17 in a row from August 2005 to July 2006, according to STATS. In addition, the Cubs have won all of Arrieta's last 18 starts, which is a team record.

This guy is on fire.

Friday, May 6

NFL Rookie Minicamps begin
Anxious to see your favorite team's first-round draft pick in action already? Here's your chance.

There's still four months before the start of the NFL regular season, but several teams will opt to begin rookie minicamps this week. Teams may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday of the first or second weekend after the NFL draft.

Saturday, May 7

Kentucky Derby
There are plenty of events leading up to the actual race, but the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby will officially begin Saturday evening around 6:30 p.m. ET in Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY).

If gambling your hard-earned money on the outcome of a race with trained animals is something that sounds up your alley, Nyquist, the winner of the Florida Derby, has been named the betting favorite.

Steph Curry's possible return to starting lineup
Golden State will travel to Portland for a Game 3 matchup this upcoming Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET, and there's a "pretty good" chance that reigning MVP Steph Curry will be back in the starting lineup after a two-week hiatus.

If you can recall, Curry suffered a sprained MCL on April 24 against Houston in Game 4. Thankfully for the Warriors, they were able to beat the Rockets in five games and got off to a hot start against Portland, taking a 1-0 series lead with a 118-106 win on Sunday afternoon.

"To me they're pretty good so I'll do anything I can this week to make that happen," Curry said when asked about his chances of a Game 3 return, per ESPN.

Keep an eye on this. If Golden State wins Game 2, I doubt coach Steve Kerr will risk getting Curry back on the court earlier than needed and could keep him out of the rotation for another few days.

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ESPN Animated Steph Curry's Best Plays From This Year (Video)

It's just as cool as you think it would be.

Watching Steph Curry this year has been an absolute joy for any basketball fan. ESPN broke news Monday morning that he will be named the NBA MVP for the second straight season after averaging 30.1 points per game and leading the Warriors to an NBA record 73 wins.

ESPN also released a video on Monday that animates Steph's best plays from the 2015-16 season. It had to be hard to narrow it down to just over a minute of footage, but it's magical. His shot to beak Oklahoma City, his no look passes, his insane shots from deep, it's all there.

It's safe to say that we may never see anything like what Steph and the Warriors did in the NBA ever again. Steph is expected to be back from injury in tonight's game four against the Portland Trail Blazers, so the already intriguing NBA Playoffs have another layer of greatness.

Let's sit back and relish as they go for their second straight finals victory. It's been awesome to watch.

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Steph Curry Sends Rudy Gobert Spinning In Circles

Absolute filth.

Now we have all seen some great crossovers before, but I don't think I have ever seen one player get spun around twice on one play.

This is absolutely filthy and so aesthetically pleasing that it is just hard to look away. Props to Rudy Gobert for trying his hardest to stay in front of Curry, I am glad he didn't sprain another MCL in the process.