Stephen Curry Comments on Game 7 Loss to Cavaliers in 2016 NBA Finals

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2016

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors speaks to members of the media after being defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors appeared primed to top off the greatest regular season in NBA history with a second straight title until it all came crashing down against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 Finals.

Stephen Curry told Sam Amick of USA Today that he still hasn't fully recovered from the collapse:

I still haven't gotten over Game 7. That's something that will stay with me pretty much forever, for good and bad reasons. Obviously you hated the feeling, but it's also a motivator to come back even stronger and try not to have that feeling again.

I'm at that point now where I can try to fuel any kind of terrible nightmares or thoughts about Game 7 into motivation for how I'm going to prepare myself for this year.

When the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors in Game 7, Golden State became the first team in NBA history to blow a 3-1 lead in the Finals. According to Amick, Curry still hasn't watched tape from the final contest, during which he scored 17 points on 6-of-19 shooting from the floor (31.6 percent) and 4-of-14 shooting from long range (28.6 percent).

There were a handful of factors that worked in Cleveland's favor, including center Andrew Bogut missing the last two contests with a knee injury and Draymond Green being suspended for Game 5 when the Warriors had the opportunity to close the series at home.

Still, Curry was the back-to-back MVP and the one Golden State looked to for leadership in that Game 7. Had just a couple of those 10 missed threes gone in, the Warriors may have won instead of suffering the narrow 93-89 loss. It also didn't help that fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson was a mere 2-of-10 from downtown in the game on his way to 14 points.

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The Curry who played in Game 7 didn't resemble the one who averaged an NBA-best 30.1 points per night during a 73-win season. Amick pointed out the guard was dealing with a knee injury and shoulder pain in the postseason, which is one reason he didn't participate in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics alongside teammates Thompson, Green and Kevin Durant.

While the lingering sting from Game 7 is apparently still there for Curry, adding Durant to an already loaded roster was perhaps the best Band-Aid in NBA history.

The 2013-14 MVP and seven-time All-Star averaged more than 25 points a night every season of his career except his rookie year in 2007-08 and is fresh off a 2015-16 campaign in which he posted 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists a night for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What's more, Durant fits in perfectly with Golden State's small-ball approach it so often unleashes. The 6'9" forward can compete for rebounds down low or stretch the defense with his touch from three-point range (38 percent in his career).

The combination of Curry, Durant, Thompson, Green and Andre Iguodala should downright terrify the rest of the league. If they live up to their potential, Curry's disappointment about Game 7 will be a distant memory when the Warriors end the 2016-17 season holding up their second Larry O'Brien Trophy in a three-year span.


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