Stephen Curry finally gets to play extra fourth-quarter minutes, and it results in a huge Warriors win

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Stephen Curry Curry poured in 41 points Tuesday night on 14-of-21 shooting, including 5 of 10 from 3, as Golden State halted a three-game losing streak with a 122-121 victory against the Bucks — who, it should be noted, were playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo. Curry, who entered the game with a league-best 196 made 3s so far, has now splashed at least 200 triples in an NBA record eight different seasons.

The Warriors currently find themselves stuck between two mostly incompatible agendas: They want to win now, but they also want to develop rookie James Wiseman, and save Curry’s legs to whatever extent possible, for next season. With Wiseman, that means allowing him to play, particularly during high-leverage minutes, through mistakes. Sometimes Kerr does that, but most times he doesn’t.

Meanwhile, broach the subject of Curry’s rigid minutes schedule and watch Warriors Twitter explode. Save for an exception here or there, Kerr basically refuses to “chase wins” by pushing Curry even one minute beyond his predetermined workload, which calls for Curry, give or take, to return for his final stretch at the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter.

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