OAKLAND -– It has been an ongoing issue, visible to most but rarely resulting in reward for Stephen Curry.
The holding and clutching and scratching and squeezing are going to come. They always do. And Curry continues to wait, usually in vain, for whistles.
The physical defense came again Saturday as the Warriors were posting a 106-99 win over New Orleans in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Curry shot seven free throws and simply kept playing.
"I've got a couple scabs," he said after practice Sunday. "I've got a lot of real estate left for the rest of the series, so hopefully I'll get some calls."
Asked to be specific, Curry said it was just "the normal stuff that happens in a game."
Coach Steve Kerr seemed to imply Curry doesn't get as many calls as he should, but he mostly avoided the topic.
"I can't answer that question," Kerr said. "I'm not allowed to. I don't want to get fined."
Warriors center Andrew Bogut, however, didn't shy away. He never does. He was willing to offer graphic description of the punishment Curry absorbed on Saturday.
"Hopefully, a foul is called. That would be the first step," Bogut said with a sly grin.
"I know he got hit a couple times for some 'and-ones' that they didn't call. And he came out of the game and he's leaking blood out of his arm and there's a no-call," Bogut added. "But it gets more physical. The referees are only human and they're going to make mistakes just like we do. We just have to keep playing through it.
"But Steph did a great job of not letting it affect him. He still controlled the game for us offensively and was huge for us."
Curry finished with a team-high 34 points. He took seven free throws, making four.