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No stopping Steph: Curry’s unrelenting drive finally yields Finals MVP

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BOSTON – Before his standard post-game press conference, before the ABC taping, before the ESPN appearance, before another interview in which he shared headphones with the host, before joining NBA TV, before sitting down for another ABC/ESPN interview… Stephen Curry had the same personal moment that an Finals MVP can have right after winning a championship. He sat on a folding chair in the hallway at the back of the arena, waiting for Warriors coach Steve Kerr to finish on the podium. Surrounded by “just” a few videographers/photographers and a couple of other people, Curry couldn’t stop muttering.

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“This is amazing!” Curry called out. “That’s fucking amazing.”

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“Agh,” he yelled from deep in his throat.

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“Aaah!” he shouted at a higher note.

“Wow!” Curry exclaimed. “Wow!”

He looked at the Bill Russell trophy in his hands in disbelief, noting how many Finals MVP the Celtics legend would have won had the NBA presented the award back then.

“It’s really over,” Curry said. “It’s really over.”

He noticed how long these past few months had seemed to him.

“It’s different,” Curry said. “It hits differently.”

He commented that he is invincible in purple shoes.

“I was in Davidson!” Curry said. “I shouldn’t even be here!”

Stephen Curry is adamant. For seven of the past eight years, he’s been running circles in the NBA, fighting his way through the screens to four titles, two MVPs (including the only one voted unanimously), an All-Star MVP, and now, finally, an NBA Finals MVP. .

This missing hardware has been raised by critics for many years, ever since Andre Iguodala became the MVP of the 2015 finals. It doesn’t matter that Curry was the most worthy warrior that year. Not to mention, Curry has a long history of playoff dominance. Not being named Finals MVP was an easy way to undermine him.

No more.

Curry leaves Oscar Robertson as the greatest player to have never been a Finals MVP since the league introduced the award. (As Curry said, Bill Russell, whose titles preceded the award, would win more than a few.)

Perhaps now we can focus more on what makes Curry so great.

He is the best shooter of all time. Although it is often mentioned, it is still not appreciated enough. Shooting is not some niche skill. this is in fundamental aspect of basketball.

Curry is elite in conditioning. He runs relentlessly around the court, leaving defenders in the dust if they catch their breath even for a moment. This movement, combined with his punches, gives him incredible seriousness and opens up Golden State’s attack.

Curry is also a phenomenal teammate. This is why the Warriors could integrate Kevin Duran and reach such heights. That is why this older, less talented version of the team still showed the champion character. Curry sets a great tone with her competitiveness and dedication.

Asked what it was like to win the Finals MVP, Curry slapped the table.

“Forget about it!” Curry said. “We are champions! Why are you starting with this question? We have four championships!”

Although Curry doesn’t want to discuss it, his Finals MVP has changed.

He is the first non-striker or winger to receive this award in 15 years. The narrative that little guards can’t dominate this level is fading away. Despite having a few more Finals misses than other players of his stature (including Game 5 of the series), Curry was a standout in five of the six games in those Finals, including 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in decisive match.

Curry absorbed this experience.

He pressed a deep three and pointed to his finger where he would make room for the fourth ring:

He put the series to bed:

And when it came time to accept his first Finals MVP trophy, Curry turned the nod into a full-body sway, as if he was convulsing:

The energy of Curry is incredible. For the better part of a decade, he took on all the responsibility needed to achieve tremendous team and individual success. And he still goes.

More than two hours into the end of Game 6, Curry called out, “Thank you all!” and let out a loud scream as he headed into the night with his Finals MVP trophy and a legacy that continues to grow.


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