Stephen Curry came up big in Game 7. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)
Once the Warriors won Game 6, you knew that they couldn’t be denied. Everything looked bad for them when they were down 3-1. But this championship team knew that they had to do one thing — believe in themselves.
All the pundits said that they weren’t going to win the series. Instead they fought hard and got that Game 5 win. Then they had no business winning Game 6 but willed their way to that victory. And in Game 7, they came back one more time to eliminate the Thunder.
You can say that it was the Thunder who didn’t handle the pressure well and you would be right. But it takes an opposition to strong and so determined like the defending champions to complete this comeback. The Warriors are that team and how they won was simply amazing.
**This post isn’t to analyze how the Thunder are playing so well and how the Warriors are playing so poorly. This is just me looking at this series as a reminder of the fun of sports.
After watching the Golden State Warriors get destroyed in the last two games, the discussion continues on whether or not the team will choke against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After all, the Warriors were heralded as the greatest team of all time with their new style of basketball. They have the 73 wins and Stephen Curry won MVP unanimously. Everything about this team told you that they were going to win the championship again and cement their legacy.
But of course, that would be foolish for me or anyone to really think that any of that was going to be a guarantee. Even if the Warriors had the best record. Even if they had the best player. There is always that predictable unpredictability in sports and the Thunder are giving it to them.
Every time there is voting by writers, I feel that one or two would vote against common sense for their own attention. I thought that this would be the case for Stephen Curry and the MVP award.
But instead, all the writers did what was right and Curry is the first ever unanimous MVP in league history.
Curry was the obvious choice and him winning the award just shows that we are blessed to be witnessing such greatness.
Stephen Curry is going to win the NBA MVP award again according to reports. This was a very easy choice and everyone who had watched the NBA consistently this year knew that Curry was the best player in the league.
Curry exceeded in pretty much every category in his game this season, including his own three-point mark which he shattered. He led the Warriors to the best regular season in the league and has become the biggest global icon in the game right now.
He is currently recovering from an MCL injury but once he returns, he will get a chance to continue his quest for back-to-back titles.
But for now, the league will celebrate the great player that he is. No other player in the league was this impressive and this good all season long. Congratulations, Steph!
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It is accomplished!
The Golden State Warriors have made history once again! They finish the regular season 73-9, beating the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for best regular season record of all time.
What a joy it has been to see the Warriors pursue this goal. I remember early on this season when this was first brought up. I didn’t think it was possible. But by the All-Star break, I realized that at this pace if the team stayed relatively healthy, they could do it. The Warriors have played so well against the league’s best teams and when they needed the big play, they got it from different players.
Throughout this entire journey watching the Warriors play ball this season, I still remain in awe of this team. I still am wrapping my head around the fact that the Warriors won the championship last year. All those years being a fan of a team that couldn’t do anything right is still lingering on. I keep thinking that my team was incapable of winning.
But they won last year. They won it all. Now this year, not only are they even playing better, but they are setting records. The big record is within their reach. But tying the 1995-96 Bulls with 72 wins is a season is still mind-blowing. That Bulls team was so good. They had Michael, Scottie, Dennis and coach Phil. That team was amazing and untouchable.
I look at this Warriors team and I can see that in 10 years time, we could be comparing some of the players to the legends of the game. Right now, Stephen Curry already has established himself as a once-in-a-lifetime talent. This team, winning 72 games puts them in the discussion of greatest teams of all time.
All they have to do is win on Wednesday at home against Memphis. Then, they have to win the NBA Finals once again.