After a Stephen Curry steal with just seconds left in regulation, Klay Thompson was fouled. After Klay hit his first free throw. Curry flashed his hands to his teammates with his seven fingers up.
Yes, there would be a game 7 against a hotly contested Western finals between Curry’s Warriors against the Oklahoma City Thunders. OKC’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are hell-bent in getting back to the finals and they don’t really felt threatened by the Warriors greatness all season long. When people idolized and praised Stephen Curry like he was the next heir to Michael Jordan. With myths and legends saying he makes everything golden with the ball, shooting Curry threes (limitless range) and creative ball handling. For some reason he was a mere mortal throughout this Western Conference Finals. The Thunders are resilient and stubborn, suffocating and pressing GSW with length and athleticism, leading early in the series at 3 games to one with just a game away from sealing the Western Finals. When everyone thought the Warriors would have an easy walk to the park, they are in for a big surprise.
Throughout the 2015-2016 NBA regular season, Steph have wavered, docked and fought all 82 games with lesser competition. He had won the regular season MVP with landslide and unanimous votes. With a bad right knee, Curry struggled against the taller OKC defenders. They were shooting their usual quick shots, but this time they were all contested. From beyond winning the NBA championship, to winning a historical 73-9 and back to back MVP, Stephen Curry is back to proving everybody.
The Warriors leveled the series after trailing 2 games, and now will they win it all the way? Can Curry once again defy all odds and defend their NBA championship? Questions and doubts are growing each day. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and even Lebron James know that winning a championship doesn’t have to do with one player. This is still a team game, and Stephen Curry knew this is not all going to be him. So with a deficit of 13 points in Game 6 in the fourth quarter, Steph took a backseat and let Klay Thompson shine. There were no really inspirational words but just an assurance that whatever happens you go out swinging “This is your time, put on a show and have fun”.
Yes, for all the accolades and all the glory, on the biggest game for survival and on the biggest show, the guy with the golden touch took a step back and let his partner shine.
It took guts and humility to do that.
It took a Stephen Curry to do that.
With his seven fingers up, tom. Would be a historic Game 7.
All questions would be answered.