Southwest Notes: Curry, Mavs, Murray, Ball, Pelicans

Seth Curry played a key role in the Sixers‘ win over the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and recording a plus-17 rating in his 29 minutes. Asked after the game if playing against the team that traded him away in the fall provided any extra motivation, Curry responded with a smile.

“Nah, never nothing personal, man,” the Sixers guard said, per Jordan Greer of Sporting News. “I got a lot of respect for a lot of those guys over there (with the Mavericks). I just think they made a bad business decision, but it happens all the time, you know what I’m saying? It is what it is.”

Curry’s ability to knock down 3-pointers has been crucial this season for the Sixers, who weren’t getting that same floor spacing from Josh Richardson. Curry has made a career-best 46.8% of his attempts from beyond the arc this season, while Richardson has a career-worst .301 3PT% for the Mavericks.

Here’s more from around the Southwest:

  • Spurs guard Dejounte Murray was hit with a $25K fine by the NBA for kicking the game ball into the stands at the end of the team’s loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, the league announced in a press release.
  • After getting off to a slow start this season, Lonzo Ball has played well in his past 20 games, creating a difficult decision for the Pelicans, writes Christian Clark of Moving Ball before the trade deadline would open up more minutes for youngsters Kira Lewis and Nickeil Alexander-Walker and would allow New Orleans to avoid paying Ball in restricted free agency, but it would also mean moving on from an improving 23-year-old point guard who has developed good chemistry with franchise player Zion Williamson.
  • Speaking of Williamson, Clark notes in a separate story that the partnership between the former No. 1 overall pick and Pelicans teammate Brandon Ingram has come a long way. “Our relationship off the court has always been there,” Williamson said. “It’s never been a problem with that. I think when it came to on the court, we wanted to learn each other and certain parts of the game. Now, we just kind of know.”
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23 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Curry, Mavs, Murray, Ball, Pelicans

  1. Vince 2

    It’s about time Seth Curry started knockin down the 3s. Daddy was doin better than you. You gotta represent in your Turkey day shoot around in 10 years.

      • Vince 2

        Lighten up dude. That family could probably play a pretty good game of drive way hoops…But in 10 years, it will probably be a video game, with them saying, “I’m to old for this bleep”.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Lonzo needs a contract yr for motivation. I wouldn’t resign him. Move him while he’s playing well. Get maximum value , time to move on. When Magic drafted him. Always thought he could be one of best 2way PGs in NBA. He doesn’t want to be great. Just wants to get paid great. Bye

    • phillyballers

      This is the one year he can’t fake an injury to avoid being traded bc he needs to secure a contract.

    • buttholesurfer69

      Max value might be waiting and doing a sign and trade. IDK how many teams will bid high on him with RFA looming.

    • x_burner_X

      Bulls should trade White for Ball and pay him this summer. They dont have any salary on their books anyway, better pay him than satoransky

  3. Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    Spurs guard Dejounte Murray was hit with a $25K fine by the NBA for kicking the game ball into the stands at the end of the team’s loss to Oklahoma City

    Well so what there were no fans in the stands
    No one was hurt, plus Pops should pay for it

  4. Maybe Ball is motivated now he does have competition from his brother now too. Some take awhile to mature. But Lewis is a gong to be good. Walker can score. Hart Also can bring on some assets too. But the Pelicans have plenty of picks.

    • jump shot

      So, sign Lonzo to a max-level contract and hope his brother keeps playing well?

      • x%sure

        lol… Too many people think he’s worth a huge contract. In theory it only takes one GM to think so. Regardless I bet we hear that he is a good buy for tradeability when he does sign for an overpay.

        A couple years ago I was laughing at people who thought him a bust. He’s mediocre, boosted by getting the valuable PG slot.

  5. El Don

    That proofs how overrated defense is, DAL swaps a shooter for a defender &… well we can see the results!
    Nothing new there, anyway!
    Defendin’ implies zero talent, is all ’bout destroyin’… meanwhile attackin’ is all about the talent, you need to creat somethin’ to go pass your defender as a matter of fact!

    • Sillivan

      I checked all starters defensive stats
      Richardson is a below average defender this season
      He needs to improve his defense significantly

    • KnickerbockerAl

      Never going to win in playoffs. Winning and managing a gm. Means you HAVE to make stops. Rules have changed to help offense. But you don’t make stops, reb, manage gm. All on D side. You won’t win in playoffs. It’s a 2way sport. Guys get paid just for their D. Offense gets you money and fame. But you win with both. Where would Cavs be without Bron chasing down Iggy. 2way sport bro.

    • Otogar

      Last year Dallas had a historically good attack, but they didn’t get very far. On the other hand, a primarily defensive team like Miami made the NBA finals. But, yeah, defense is overrated.

  6. buttholesurfer69

    Gotta make way for the youngsters? – IDK. Ball is still only 23, and NAW is only a year younger. Maybe they really see something in KL.

    If Ball can consistently hit 3’s he’s prob an ideal fit around Zion, esp if Zion is playing point. I’d prob wait and see if I can sign him to a reasonable ext first.

    Also, a team would have to really be in love with Lonzo to give up a lot for him now, when in 6 months they can bid on him openly. Not sure what the price would be

  7. formerlyz

    Honestly, coming out of college, I didnt think Ball would be a good defender. I thought he had potential to eventually be average-decent, as he isnt that quick, and he isnt lengthy for his size, but he has been useful on that end. Offensively, he always reminded me of a remedial Goran Dragic, with even less affinity for trying to score. I like how he has been developing, and he is a good fit on that team, in certain lineups. If they do move hom, there are several teams I’ve mentioned previously, but I actually wouldnt mind seeing a team like the Heat go after him. I’d want Josh Hart too probably, but I think its doable for them as one of the teams that should be interested if they move him

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