If we’re fair, it took more than one man to turn the Golden State Warriors into a dynasty. The Warriors are playing in the NBA Finals for the sixth time in the past eight years due to shrewd team building, excellent coaching, and contributions big and small from a diverse group of players since their first title in 2015. Be the Warriors without a Clay Thompson shooting, or Draymond defense Brilliant Green, the ingenuity of Andre Iguodala, or Steve Kerr’s yearly ability to craft ingenious systems on both ends of the floor.
The Warriors didn’t need Kevin Durant to win a championship or set a record for regular season success, but his arrival in 2017 changed their legacy forever. The Warriors were once the greatest example of building by draft since Jordan Bowles. Suddenly they also became the most vicious example of free agent surplus in the big market to date. A lot has changed since the Warriors debuted on a championship-caliber team, but there is one constant that has been the proverbial high tide to lift all boats.
Warriors as we know them have always existed first and foremost because of the unique talents of Stephen Curry. The Warriors as they are today would have been long dead if it wasn’t for Curry’s relentless star persistence.
The Warriors tied the 2022 NBA Finals by defeating the Boston Celtics, 107-97, on the road in Game 4 to hold the series 2-2. During most of the night, the warriors looked old and washed out. Boston have been the biggest and sportiest team since the series began, and their dominant defense has baffled Golden State in the midsection every game. Golden State has been able to compete for one reason only, and that is Curry. In Game 4, he had one of the greatest performances of his legendary career: 43 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in 14 of 26 total shots and 7 of 14 from a three point range.
This was one of the best players in league history that proves that he can still reach peak levels to change the look of the league series. It was fun to watch.
That was the greatness of Carrie as we’ve always known her. He’s jumped into transitional triples, unleashed nasty strides, hit his defender to the edge for a volley, put in circuses and ones, bury shots after escaping screens, and confidently fired triples downhill from the ball screen. It’s a one-of-a-kind package for Curry in league history because no one has ever shot the ball this good or caught the attention of an opponent’s defense 30 feet from the basket so well.
At 34 years old, Curry missed a step from releasing himself becoming the first-ever unanimous league player in 2016, but the all-time greats have a way of getting back into Fastball when they really need it, even then. To disappear for any human player. Carrie is not mortal: Other than being the greatest shooter of all time, he also has a status as the best ranger ever, Best offensive player everAnd one of the most powerful players ever.
Curry doesn’t have Finals MVP to his name despite three championship rings, but he doesn’t need it to be one of the 10 greatest players in league history. Curry was the best player in the series so much that he has a strong case for MVP even if the Celtics win. Through four games, he averaged 34.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists while shooting 50 percent from the floor, 49 percent from three and 86 percent from the streak. There is no one else in this chain in orbit. Without Curry, the Warriors simply wouldn’t be able to compete, and that says more about Golden State than Boston.
Falling 2-1 in the finals, on the road against a raucous crowd, on a night when no other warrior could make a shot himself, Curry delivered one of the best games of his career.
Warriors are here only because of Steve. The NBA Finals are close even though Boston had advantages all over the field. There is little doubt about the first four games of the series that the Celtics are the better team. Unfortunately for them, the Warriors still have Stephen Curry. As long as that was the case, the Golden State’s bloodline had a chance to continue.