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SportOpinion: Steph Curry sees what it's like to play without All-Stars surrounding him

16:40  06 june  2019
16:40  06 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Even Steve Kerr thinks this over-the-top imitation of Steph Curry is accurate

Even Steve Kerr thinks this over-the-top imitation of Steph Curry is accurate The Warriors coach seemed to enjoy it.

Steph Curry was spectacular in Game 3, but it wasn't enough for the injury-depleted Warriors to beat the Raptors. As Curry hunted shots like he was back at Davidson and finished with 47 points, it was impossible not to think about how the tables had turned from 2015 when the Warriors won their first title.

And not saying that it was rigged, it definitely was not, but I did remember seeing some calls that would make you frustrated, even if you are the calm and collected Steph Curry . It ' s not his fault Westbrook didn't get the starting spot in the All Star game, it ' s the fans and the media and the players fault.

Opinion: Steph Curry sees what it's like to play without All-Stars surrounding him© AP Photo/Ben Margot

OAKLAND — Whatever LeBron James is doing these days during the first NBA Finals he’s missed since 2010, it’s enticing to envision him kicking up his feet somewhere in a Los Angeles mansion watching the proceedings Wednesday night with a big glass of red wine in hand and one thought kicking around his mind.

Not so easy, is it Steph?

The washed-up remains of an NBA roster that we will technically call the Golden State Warriors lost Game 3 at Oracle Arena, 123-109, which was really the only result that made sense under the circumstances.

What it means from here in this most unusual series, which the Toronto Raptors now lead 2-1, is anyone’s guess. Over the next few days, the Warriors could get Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant back in the lineup and be completely fine against a Raptors team that still doesn’t act like it should be trusted. Or they might not and lose the series in five. Who knows.

Steph Curry is the Finals MVP favorite, but not concerned about the award

Steph Curry is the Finals MVP favorite, but not concerned about the award Steph Curry is the favorite to win the Finals MVP, but isn't concerned about winning.

Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe are joined by Chris Broussard to discuss Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry . About Skip and Shannon: UNDISPUTED: UNDISPUTED is a daily two-and-a-half hour sports debate show starring Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.

This makes Curry a great player , a rising star , and extremely fun to watch. He changed the culture of a franchise mired in mediocrity into a champions As others have answered, Steph Curry is one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen . He is constantly setting new records for 3-point shooting with

But if nothing else, watching Steph Curry try to pull this off should bring one thing into crystal-clear focus for the crowd that likes to peddle the nonsense that a player’s greatness is proportional to their record in NBA Finals. Context matters.

It matters for Curry, who took the whole thing on his back but couldn’t quite drag Golden State over the finish line. And it matters for James, whose 3-6 record in the NBA Finals is routinely wielded against against him as evidence that he’s not a closer or not as good as Michael Jordan or whatever the television yell-fest narrative of the day is.

As Curry played a flat-out spectacular game Wednesday, scoring 47 points, it was impossible not to think about how the tables had turned from 2015 when the Warriors won their first title. By the time James and the Cavaliers arrived at that series, Kevin Love had been lost to a shoulder injury and Kyrie Irving, who had been struggling with injuries for much of the playoffs, was ruled out after Game 1 with a fractured kneecap.

Watch: Stephen Curry becomes first player to make 100 career three-pointers in NBA Finals

Watch: Stephen Curry becomes first player to make 100 career three-pointers in NBA Finals Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was pretty much the only member of his team to generate offense in the first quarter Thursday night. Taking on the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Finals, Curry hit three triples in the first quarter alone. In the process, he became the first player in NBA Finals history with 100-plus career three-pointers. Steph lets it fly and becomes the first player in #NBAFinals history to make 100 3-point field goals!#StrengthInNumbers 19#WeTheNorth 22 : ABC : Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/zYK7MZR2dK— NBA (@NBA) May 31, 2019 The three-pointer is prevalent in today’s NBA, and Curry has helped change the game himself.

Still Steph , was more like it . Eleven seconds in, the two-time MVP curled off a Kevon Looney screen and found a familiar spot on the deep left wing as Jrue " It was funny," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Curry ' s first bucket. "We call a play we like to run just to get some movement, just to get the ball

Curry or LeBron? It ' s a landslide decision for Indiana All - Stars . That doesn't mean Steph Curry isn't worthy of this discussion, because he is. " It ' s really in different stages," is how Bird started his answer. "He's no doubt a great shooter from long distance and short distance.

That left James to play it out with a cast of characters that somewhat resembled what the Warriors were able to put around Curry in Game 3. But whereas Golden State still had Draymond Green, the Cavs’ second-leading scorer in that series was none other than Timofey Mozgov.

The point is, it’s a tricky thing to tie an all-time great player’s legacy to the NBA Finals, isn’t it?

After 82 games and a marathon playoffs that leaves so many rosters held together with Popsicle sticks and duct tape, it’s clear that which bodies are available matters a lot.

“We’ve been on both ends of this,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game. “We have had injuries in the past, our opponents have had injuries. So you don’t make any excuses. You go out there and see what you can do, and you relish the opportunity and the challenge because before you know it you're retired and you wish you could go back and do it all over again.”

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It all boils down to the saying: "They want to see you do good, but never better than them." If you're a Steph Curry hater, Green's theory might ring hollow. But it ' s hard to argue that jealousy is a part of it. Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe.

So as touching as it was to hear Curry credit Davidson College coach Bob McKillop for taking a chance on “a scrawny kid who looked like he was 12 years old,’’ it was equally moving to learn how Suriname native Kutar Iman Sield gained confidence in her “We should be honoring you, Steph ,’’ McKillop said.

And even now, the Warriors aren’t out of chances. Through three games, the Raptors have not exactly looked like the 2014 San Antonio Spurs reincarnated. They’ve simply had more good players ready to go. For now, that’s the series.

We’ve learned a few things along the way: That the Warriors can’t really count on DeMarcus Cousins to replicate the energy he brought in Game 2 (Marc Gasol more or less dominated him Wednesday), that Kevon Looney will be missed for the rest of this series and that they badly need Thompson as a linchpin on defense so that Green doesn't have to spend a lot of time guarding Kawhi Leonard.

Still, this wasn’t a blowout until the very end. It was more or less a 10-point game with 10 minutes left, and there were moments throughout where it seemed like Curry might make it even more of a chore than that for the Raptors to close out the win.

But even a great player isn’t going to do it all by himself in the NBA Finals. Not Curry. Not James. Not even Michael Jordan, who never lost one in six tries but never had to attempt it without Scottie Pippen.

Curry’s legacy isn’t going to change one bit if the Warriors lose this series. It was admirable enough that he was able to put some pressure on the Raptors to finish off a game they couldn’t afford to lose and perhaps plant some doubt going forward no matter who does or doesn’t come back. And it was really fun to see him throw up shot after shot and perform so spectacularly with all the defensive attention on him

Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson Taunt Drake After Raptors' Game 2 Loss

Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson Taunt Drake After Raptors' Game 2 Loss Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson had some fun taunting Drake after the Warriors took Game 2 in Toronto on Sunday night with a 109–104 win. Durant, who is out with a calf injury, and Thompson spotted the rapper on his way out of Scotiabank Arena following the Raptors' loss. "See you in the Bay, Aubrey," Thompson started, using Drake's given name. "You weren’t talking tonight were you? Bum a--...that was light work, too." "Keep your head up, it's alright," Durant said. "It's okay. We have more games to play." “You weren’t talking tonight, were ya? Bumass” Klay and KD were giving it to Drake after the game pic.twitter.

But every superstar, no matter how brilliant, needs some legitimate help once they get to this point. LeBron can probably relate.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: Steph Curry sees what it's like to play without All-Stars surrounding him

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Guy tries to get Steph Curry’s autograph right after Warriors lose NBA Finals.
The Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday night to win the NBA championship. So, Warriors players were surely in a terrible mood — even with back-to-back titles entering the season — after the game. But that didn’t stop one guy from following Steph Curry down the tunnel at Oracle Arena, in an attempt to get Curry to sign a Draymond Green jersey. Curry understandably ignored him, with some help from security. Have to admire the stones on this guy trying to get Steph Curry to autograph his Draymond Green jersey minutes after the #NBAFinals ended. pic.twitter.

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