Stephen Curry left his criticism unsaid

BOSTON – Stephen Curry’s NBA season was just seconds away when he saw his father Dell sitting on one of the baselines. He went there hugthen he fell into court in tears.

“Surreal,” Curry said. “I wanted to take it at the moment, because it was so special.”

Over the course of six NBA Finals games, Curry offered Golden State a wide range of outstanding features. He squeezed the walls of the defenders for upside-down layups, and pushed back for the jump jumps. He fascinated some fans while demoralizing others. He sought the focus, then delivered it.

He turned the court into his personal theater and turned the Celtics into his foil, with two performances in a two-week race and the only mistake that almost everyone could start helping again was endless – Curry left the stage as a champion.

After a 103-90 win over Golden State on Thursday for his fourth straight season in eight seasons, Curry, 34, reflected on a long journey back to the top: injuries and losses, doubts and uncertainty. He also remembers the exact moment when he started preparing for the start of the season, 371 days ago.

“For the last two months of the playoffs, for the last three years, for the last 48 hours – every part has been an emotional roller coaster on and off the ground,” Curry said, “and you’re carrying it all. to try to make one happen. ‘

The numbers tell a story, and they stand out. For the series, Curry averaged 31.2 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while 48.2 percent from the field and 43.7 percent from 3 points. The final selection was the most valuable player in the final.

“He took us,” said Draymond Green of Golden State, “and here we are as champions.”

But there were also works by Curry in the series, and it was a profound reminder of all that fans — and even players — have done to reshape the way they think about the game. How to stretch the court with his inter-planetary shot. The way post-players use it to create space with pick-and-rolls. Ways to increase the self-esteem of younger players everywhere.

“When I come home to Milwaukee and watch my AAU team play and train, everyone wants to be Steph,” said Golden State’s Kevon Looney. “Everyone wants to shoot 3s, and I say, ‘Man, you have to work a little harder to shoot like him. I see him every day.'”

For two seasons, of course, Golden State’s trip to the 2019 finals in the wake of disaster and injury was part of that joy that was missing. The warriors fought through a slow rebuilding.

The team has reassembled the parts this season, but there was no guarantee. Curry missed the last 12 games of the regular season with a sprained left foot and then aggravated the injury in Game 3 of the final. All he did in Game 4 was get 43 points to tie the Golden State series in two games.

He showed he was deadly in Game 5, losing nine of his 3-point attempts, but his actor filled the gap. Among them: Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole, who developed their games during the Golden State playoff hiatus and were post-season essentials.

“Our young boys thought we could get back to this stage and win,” Curry said. “And even if it didn’t make sense to anyone when we said it, all of these things are important.”

For Game 6 on Thursday, Curry was out of the full buffet. He used a fake pump to send Celtics flying to an expensive Al Horford seat. The defender slipped into the trap and zipped the passes to his teammates. And after a big bang in the third quarter, he looked at the crowd and pointed at his ring finger. (Translation: She was ready to get more jewelry.)

Curry was thrilled when Boston coach Ime Udoka took his reserves off the bench with just over a minute to go before giving up the series and the tournament. Standing alone in the middle of the court, Curry seemed to be laughing and crying at the same time, a euphoric mixture of feelings.

“You can imagine what the emotions will be like, but it plays out differently,” he said.

In a world of sports consumed by talk shows, uninformed opinions, and the heat of social media, the two stars — unfair — seemed like Curry was still like smoke. The first was that he didn’t help his team win a title without Kevin Durant, nor did he defeat a strong opponent in the final. The second was his failure to be named MVP in the finals

Whether he cared or not, Curry effectively dismantled those two tales against the Celtics, a team that wore all of his young stars in uniform, as well as Marcus Smart, the league’s defensive player of the year, who spent the good part of the series with him. arms tucked inside Curry’s jersey.

For his part, Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Curry’s resume lacked only one achievement: the Olympic gold medal. (It should be noted that Kerr coaches the U.S. men’s national team.)

“I’m sorry, I couldn’t stand it,” Ker said quietly. “Honestly, all the MVPs in the final? I think his career has been so perfect, and that’s the only thing we can really find. So it’s great to have that box checked.

After the game was over, Golden State players and coaches began gathering on stage to present the trophy, each of which Curry hugged individually.

“Back to the top, 30!” said Looney, referring to Curry’s uniform number.

Then, as Curry walked into a court tunnel, the fans shouted for him to approach the court, to approach Curry, before he was out of sight. He cut a victory cigarette while holding his MVP trophy for his final, pushing himself up to the sky once, twice, three times.

No one could miss him.

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