OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry heard all about the recent criticisms of his play.

The last time the Warriors lost was March 2, when he committed six turnovers at Toronto and contributed to letting a fourth-quarter lead slip away. Two days later, Curry had three more fourth-quarter turnovers in a win at Indiana.

Curry responded by dishing out 20 assists and committing only one turnover over the past three games as the Warriors' winning streak was stretched to four after Sunday's 18-point, nine-assist performance against Phoenix.

"It's just funny how that kind of narrative takes on a life of its own throughout the season when you forget about the good finishes to games and how I can't take care of the basketball," Curry said Monday with a laugh.

"But then two months ago I was the best clutch guy for two weeks, so it doesn't matter what the narrative is week to week."

Curry said it is consistency that he seeks and panic that he avoids during the low points of a long season.

"What we've got to understand is that teams are doing that every single night to Steph Curry -- putting their best perimeter defender, trapping him, keeping bodies on him, trying to wear him out, and sometimes it works," coach Mark Jackson said. "It does not take away from his greatness. Give credit to the defense or the strategy."

The physical toll on Curry has emerged in the form of a right quad strain that could continue to result in limited minutes depending on the course of upcoming games. He said the strain was getting better "slowly."


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The Warriors are in a stretch where they are playing three Western Conference contenders in four nights. Dallas, which holds the seventh-best record in the West, visits Oracle Arena on Tuesday before the Warriors play at the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

"It didn't get any worse, so mission accomplished," Curry said of the quad. "It shouldn't be a concern going forward if we stick to the plan that we've agreed to.

"It's still hampering, but the fact that it didn't swell up or do anything crazy last night during the game or even after, it was a good sign that we're on top of it."

Said Jackson: "I'm very pleased that he came out where it's not any worse, and it's something we're going to have to continue to deal with."

  • Marreese Speights did not play in two of the Warriors' past four games, but Jackson said he continues to believe in the 6-foot-10 fifth-year player who signed a three-year, $11 million contract in the offseason.

    "But you've got to realize on any team that you can't play 12 guys, and right now, that's where we are," Jackson said. "But he's a guy that I feel extremely comfortable and confident at calling on at any time. His moment is going to come, and he's a guy that I believe will be ready when that moment comes."

    Speights, who averages 11.5 minutes per game, did not see action against Phoenix and after not playing last week at Indiana expressed that he felt "great" after the big win and would be ready whenever called upon off the bench.

    "DNPs does not affect me at all," Speights wrote on Instagram. "I know I'm capable of contributing. I've proven that."

  • Guard Nemanja Nedovic was assigned to Santa Cruz.

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