In March 2021, after being eliminated from the PlayOffs, Stephen Curry vowed to once again dominate the NBA. A year later, the point guard took the Warriors to the top of the NBA, getting the trophy that was missing: Finals MVP
Stephen Curry kept his promise: he once again dominated the NBA in one season historical/
March 21, 2021. Chase Center press room, home of the Golden State Warriors. With anger in his eyes, Stephen Curryhad to go out to testify after losing surprisingly against the Grizzlies in the Play-In. Despite rowing so hard in an up-and-down season, Steve Kerr's team missed out on the PlayOffs. Rather than flinch, the point guard issued a challenge: “They're not going to want to play us next year.” And he complied. A season later, Curry guided the Warriors to a new title and captured the only trophy he was missing: NBA Finals MVP.
The 2020-21 season had injuries, ups and downs, a depleted roster and plenty of taunts for the Warriors. At a conference I was present at, after a beating, Curry said: “They are taking revenge for the previous years”. Without Klay Thompson, with a Draymond Green alternating injuries and bad weeks and a staff without many resources, Stephen Curry managed to guide Golden State towards the Play-In. He even finished in the top three for the regular season MVP, but fell short of making the PlayOffs.
That March 21, Curry scored 39 points, but it wasn't enough. An inexperienced Grizzlies, led by a young Ja Morant, struck the betting blow after eliminating the Warriors. However, instead of bringing Steph down, he made her bring out the most dangerous side of him: with a thirst for revenge. That conference, at the Chase Center, on the 30th of the Warriors made it clear that he would dominate the NBA again. And it did.
First, he set the regular-season 3-point record in December. In the face of Ray Allen and in the legendary Madison Square Garden, Curry celebrated his first feat. Then in February, he stole the show at the All Star Game, becoming the MVP with 16 3-pointers!!! and 50 points in total.
Stephen Curry recibiendo un abrazo del SEGUNDO máximo triplero en la historia de la #NBA75. Solo el tiempo le dará la verdadera dimensión a lo que hemos vivido esta noche. Y comienza un nuevo cronómetro: ¿alguno podrá superar a Steph? pic.twitter.com/mdCtWYRAgu
— Leonardo Torres (@LeoTorres_C) December 15, 2021
After that, he finished an incredible dynamic with his Warriors. With Wiggins and Thompson as squires and Draymond Green as the offensive and defensive mastermind, Curry dedicated himself to astonishing the NBA with a prolific basketball. They were always on the radar, but they were not favorites: at the beginning of the season, the bookmakers predicted a final between Nets vs. Lakers. Too far from reality.
From fighting for the Play-In to finishing third in the Western Conference. The change between seasons was brutal, with a Curryimposing. Not only from the triples, but also commanding the game and with an undervalued defensive capacity. And the support from the bench was total: Steve Kerr took maximum care of him so that he arrived in optimal conditions for the PlayOffs.
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) June 17, 2022
And in the postseason he was the commander that everyone expected. He tore apart the vulnerable Nuggets in the first round. It did not matter that MVP Nikola Jokic is in charge. The Warriors game tore apart those led by Michael Malone.
In the second round, they battled against some feisty Memphis Grizzlies. Remember that Taylor Jenkins' team beat the Warriors by 39 points in Game 5, but Klay Thompson's team rallied to win the series in Game 6.
In the Western Finals, they faced Luka Doncic and a decimated Dallas Mavericks. Despite fighting to the bitter end, Jason Kidd's team succumbed to the Warriors' expertise and mastery. It was a resounding 4-1 that sent them to the NBA Finals.
Not even Luka Doncic was able to stop Stephen Curry/
In the clincher, despite losing the first game at home, Stephen Curry guided his Warriors to a new championship. This time, they ran over some Celtics who suffered from their inexperience in the NBA Finals.
And what was the result of this? Finals MVP. The only trophy missing in his illustrious career. That's why the tears at the end of the sixth game, Curry knew that he was entering the great history of the NBA. He was criticized for being a multi-title star without having a Finals MVP. Well, that criticism must be deleted, since Steph already has that award.
Stephen Curry won the Finals MVP for the first time in his career/
And he never forgot that March 21, 2021. “At the beginning of the season they said that we were not on the radar and here we are now, with two trophies in hand. It means a lot”, said the point guard after receiving applause from the stands of Boston's TD Garden.
At 34 years old, Curry averaged 31.2 points, 5.2 three-pointers, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the Finals against the Celtics. Like everything in his career, if he had to get the MVP, he had to do it spectacularly.
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) June 17, 2022
Only time will put into perspective all that we have witnessed as contemporaries of the Warriors point guard. I keep the promise fulfilled. And as his brother Seth wrote on Twitter: “Don't ever use my brother's name again unless it's comparing him to the best”. Yes Seth. Retweet You're right.
Don’t talk about Steph again unless it’s in a convo with the time great PLAYERS!! And i mean a hand full of people to ever touch a basketball.
— Seth Curry (@sdotcurry) June 17, 2022