Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry hasn't yet decided whether or not he will play for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics but acknowledged that an early end to the season won't impact his decision. On Friday night -- in a battle for No.
8 seed and the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs -- the Warriors suffered a 117-112 overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. "Obviously everything was geared towards extending this season as far as possible," Curry said.
"I'm trying to gather as much information and make the right decision for me at the end of the day. It's still kind of a quick turnaround no matter how you look at it, considering we've been grinding every day, every other day for the last five months, six months almost."
Curry excited about the Klay Thompson return
Warriors star guard Thompson suffered a season-ending injury even before the season started and it was a huge blow for the team. "He's a part of our DNA ," Curry said.
"And he is a huge part of our championship DNA and what we're about. You saw him tonight. He was chirping and up on the sidelines. He misses that environment. I know he's going to do everything in his power to get back to 100 percent, knowing what he's been through the last two years.
He's got a lot of support around him to help him get there, but whatever version of him comes back is definitely a boost, and we'll patiently wait for what that looks like." Meanwhile, Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant dropped 35 points and led his team to a win over the Warriors.
"I love pressure, honestly," said Morant, who assisted on backup center Xavier Tillman's go-ahead corner 3 with 1:27 remaining. "I feel like my game rises to another level." Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins praised Morant after the game.
"He rose to the occasion," Jenkins said. "He's built for these moments. I'm glad that he played to that level that we expect and he expects of himself." Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks had 14 points against the Warriors.
"We've created a winning culture," said Brooks, who has played all four of his NBA seasons for the Grizzlies, making him the longest-tenured player on the Memphis roster. "That's the main thing. Every single year, we're going to get better, but we're ready for Utah."