Everyone will tell you, Stephen Curry is one of the most humble superstars in NBA history. He rarely uses the “I” and always puts the team forward, and again tonight, he did not ignite after his exceptional game: 43 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists at 65% on shots. A performance which will nevertheless go down in history because the Warriors won in a legendary room and regained the advantage of the field. But where to place this performance in Curry’s already magnificent career, and more particularly in the NBA Finals?
“I probably think it’s number 1” believes Klay Thompson, his brother in arms. “I mean, it was a must-win game, and he does it with such efficiency on shots, he takes 10 rebounds, and they targeted him on defense. His physical condition is unmatched in the NBA. Steph played amazing.”
“He just showed how shocking it was that he wasn’t in the top five of the year.”
Thompson also noted his teammate’s rage. Rarely had Curry expressed so much of his will to win and his joy.
“I saw him show so much emotion, and the courage of this man is incredible,” continues the Golden State shooter. “You know, some take for granted what he does every night, but he carried us on his shoulders, and we have to help him on Monday. He just showed how shocking it was that he wasn’t in the top five of the year. It doesn’t matter, it will be for next year. »
Very upset against the referees at the start of the match, to the point of taking a technique, Steve Kerr took a long time to regain his composure. The Warriors coach attempted bets, with a new starting five, but also leaving Curry on the bench at the start of the 4th quarter. Victory in hand, he has only one word to say to his player: “Thank you! »
“What makes him unique is that his character, his strength and his personality match his qualities and his physical condition. Everything is one »Kerr said. “He cares so much about other people. He gives himself so much, he is so easy to coach. The day I stop coaching, I’ll step back and just say thank you to Steph. Night after night, he made everything easier for our franchise and for everyone. He’s just someone unique, as a player, as a person. »
“When Steph has the ball, sometimes you just have to watch”
Like Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins signed a “double double”. A big “double double” (17 points, 16 rebounds) even, and he is in the front row to discover the phenomenon.
” All we can do is watch” summarizes the Canadian. “When Steph has the ball, sometimes you just have to watch and see what he’s going to do. He’s the kind of player who can be in the zone, while involving everyone. To be honest, as soon as he steps onto the pitch, I just think Steph is going to be Steph. It doesn’t matter who we’re up against or how they feel. I feel like if he steps onto the pitch, he’s ready and he’s going to dominate like he did tonight. »
Same situation for Jordan Poole who discovered the very, very, very high level in his 3rd season. Better and better in the game, and even in defense, he attended a “one man show” from his playmaker.
” It’s huge, what he did… We wouldn’t have won without him… And I don’t know if we can say “Beyond 43 points and 10 rebounds”, because 43 points and 10 rebounds, it’s is crazy, especially in the NBA Finals. He’s our leader, and that’s who he is. It was a huge game. A huge game! And we needed it. »