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Warriors’ Stephen Curry on travel vs. Mavericks: ‘I didn’t think it was a travel’

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Warriors Stephen Curry on travel vs. Mavericks - 'I didn't think it was a travel'
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With seconds left in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ 116-113 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, Stephen Curry was called for a travel behind the three-point line. He disagreed with the call.

“Bang, bang situation. Dumb play by me not to take the layup,” said Curry after the loss. “I got a little confused on what the time and score was, honestly. Went for the hero shot… I didn’t think it was a travel… but who am I to say?”

Per a few NBA betting sites, the Warriors have the third-best odds to win the championship in 2023. Some sportsbooks show better odds for the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.

The eight-time All-Star ended his performance with 32 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 38 minutes of action. He finished 11-of-24 (45.8%) shooting from the floor and 5-of-14 (35.7%) from beyond the arc.

While the Warriors outrebounded the Mavericks 50-39, they still committed 18 turnovers and shot an underwhelming 11-of-43 (25.6%) from downtown. Though, it was a winnable game. Golden State also outscored Dallas 56-42 in the paint.

Stephen Curry disagrees with the travel call in the fourth quarter of Warriors’ 116-113 loss against Mavericks

Additionally, the Mavs’ largest lead of the game was by 17 points. Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes Tim Hardaway’s 26-foot jumper from three-point range was the key for Dallas. The guard’s clutch shot in the fourth quarter gave the Mavericks a 111-110 lead with 1:49 left.

“Hardaway’s shot was the key, I thought, down the stretch,” Kerr said. “We have to expect that teams are going to make shots against us. We’re going to be circled on every team’s calendar.”

Furthermore, the Warriors are one of the best teams offensively. They rank third in scoring, averaging 117.5 points per game. Only the Boston Celtics (121.3) and Sacramento Kings (119) are averaging more points per game this season.

Golden State is shooting 37.6% from three-point range, but the team had a horrible night against Dallas. And their defense is getting exposed every other game. The Warriors are allowing 117.2 points per game, which ranks 26th overall. Their defensive efficiency (1.099) ranks 22nd as well.

Now, the Warriors are preparing for their upcoming three-game homestand. On Friday, they play the Chicago Bulls at 10 p.m. ET. Golden State is on a 10-game winning streak against the Bulls. At the moment, the Warriors are 11-11 and rank 10th in the Western Conference.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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