Author of a real masterclass last night on the Boston floor, Stephen Curry has once again proven to those who still doubted that he clearly belongs to the category of the best all-time players. But when the main interested party spoke about the magnitude of his performance, he preferred to kick into touch. Because all that matters in the end is the win and nothing else.
We can’t help it. As soon as we have the chance to witness a performance as epic as that of Stephen Curry, we wonder where to classify it, whether on the scale of the player or on the overall scale of the greatest perfs. that we could see. This is the era in which we live: we judge, we note, we classify, we debate, whether on social networks or among friends over a small drink. Curry’s absolutely monumental match on the grandest of stages tonight is obviously no exception. Just a few minutes after the end of the game, at a press conference, a journalist directly asked Klay Thompson to place this performance among all the games played by Steph in the NBA Finals: “Probably number 1” unsurprisingly said the Splash Brother, rather well placed to talk about it. 43 points at 14/26 in shooting, 10 rebounds, 7 award-winning shots, all in the hostile environment of Boston while the Warriors were down 2-1, it’s true that it’s pretty good all that. This statement by Klay was then brought to the ears of Curry himself when he found himself behind the microphones. The Chief’s response?
“I don’t rank my performances. I just want to win. »
A real winner’s answer! But if Curry doesn’t want to rank his best performances in the NBA Finals, we’ll take care of it with a little Top 6 house. Top 6, for six NBA Finals, you understand.
6- Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cavaliers
Stats: 34 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, 10/20 in shooting including 2/9 from the parking lot and 12/15 in free throws
Kevin Durant may have won the Finals MVP in 2017, but Stephen Curry pulled off a pure streak to help the Warriors get their revenge against the Cavaliers after the cruel loss in 2016. Already author of a triple-double in Game 2 of the series, the Splash Bro closed the latter with a real masterclass which symbolizes Steph’s all-around contribution to this series. His five-game average against Cleveland that year? 26.8 points, 8 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 2.2 steals, 44% shooting including 39% parking. If Curry’s 2017 Finals are still underestimated today because of KD’s greatness, his overall performance is to be ranked among the most successful of his career.
Stephen Curry was unstoppable in the 2017 NBA Finals 🔥
— Blue Man Hoop (@BlueManHoop) May 3, 2020
5- Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals with the Cavaliers
Stats: 37 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks, 11/27 in shooting including 7/15 from the parking lot and 6/6 in free throws
If Stephen Curry hadn’t gone through his Game 3 in Cleveland in the 2018 NBA Finals, he likely would have won the series MVP award that year. Once again, it was Kevin Durant who took the lead after his epic performance in the third set (43 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists), but Curry came out heavy in the other three meetings against Cleveland, notably in Game 2 where he set a new 3-point record (9 award-winning shots scored in one game) and then in Game 4 in his native Ohio. On the floor of LeBron James, it was Steph who took out the broom by dropping a final card to win his third NBA title. 37 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks, that’s how you end a season!
4- Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals with the Cavaliers
Stats: 38 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 11/25 in shooting including 7/13 from the parking lot and 9/10 in free throws
This one, Stephen Curry would probably like to forget. Not because he was not at the level, quite the contrary, but because this performance just precedes the incredible comeback of the Cavaliers. Not at his best (especially physically) during the 2016 NBA Finals, Curry however released a huge Game 4 to give his Warriors a 3-1 lead. A performance that we thought was synonymous with a new title for Golden State, but we know the rest. Draymond Green suspended, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving who go crazy, block, shoot… and defeat in seven for the Warriors after a regular 73 wins.
3- Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Raptors
Stats: 47 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 14/31 in shooting including 6/14 from the parking lot and 13/14 in free throws
The biggest offensive card of Stephen Curry’s career in the NBA Finals. It was in 2019 against the Raptors of Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Co. Without Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson or Kevon Looney, all injured, Steph gave absolutely everything during this Game 3 at the Oracle Arena, planting 47 pawns with 8 rebounds and 7 assists. A huge performance, but an insufficient performance against the collective strength of the Dinos who managed to win quite easily that evening 123-109. Golden State – truly on the kneecaps – will logically end up losing in six sets in these NBA Finals, but not without great resistance from Steph and his gang.
GAME 3⃣ MINI-MOVIE 🍿📽
grab the win in Oakland to lead 2-1 in the NBA Finals.
— NBA France (@NBAFRANCE) June 7, 2019
2- Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cavaliers
Stats: 37 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 13/23 in shooting including 7/13 from the parking lot and 4/4 in free throws
During his first career NBA Finals, Stephen Curry sometimes struggled, especially against Cleveland weasel Matthew Dellavedova. But when it came to step-up in the crucial Game 5 of the series in Oakland, Stephen Curry played at MVP level: 37 points on the clock with huge banderillas to make the difference, no doubt this performance represents the one of the big turning points of the series, finally won 4-2 by the Warriors. We all know the story, it was Andre Iguodala who finished with the Finals MVP trophy in his hands, but that match will forever remain one of the great masterpieces of Curry’s career.
& a 2015 Finals, Game 5 W
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 8, 2020
1- Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals at the Celtics
Stats: 43 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 14/26 in shooting including 7/14 from the parking lot and 8/9 in free throws
Yes, we put last night’s performance against the Celtics at the top. Do we speak out of emotion? Maybe. But this does not mean that this first place is not justified. The performance, the context, the way, there was everything in this Game 4 in Boston. If the Warriors end up overthrowing the Greens to win the title with Curry winning his first MVP trophy, this performance will take on an even greater dimension. If it loses in the end? It will still remain number one, because we have simply seen something historic.
The highlights of Stephen Curry’s monumental match: 43 points in Boston ⭐️
Monster monster monster.pic.twitter.com/6jFTt5O85H
— TrashTalk (@TrashTalk_fr) June 11, 2022
Having never won the title of Finals MVP so far, Stephen Curry shuts the mouths of haters who have become accustomed to saying that he is not playing at his best level in the NBA Finals. Today, these people are in PLS, and could simply disappear definitively in a few days if Steph wins the title of champion with that of best player of the series.