Stephen Curry: ‘The Series Isn’t Over’
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors aren’t ready to throw in the towel. After suffering back-to-back away losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the reigning NBA champions are one defeat away from being eliminated.Advertisement
“The series isn’t over,” a determined looking Curry said after his team suffered a 118-94 rout at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “We’ve got to believe in ourselves. It’s obviously frustration. It’s a terrible feeling once again not stepping up and being ourselves and playing our game.”
Stephen Curry fails to deliver…
The MVP shot a mediocre 2/10 from deep and 6/20 overall as the Warriors manged only 12 points in the fourth quarter after allowing Thunder to run away with a 72-51 first half lead. Curry also made some poor decisions as the point guard, turning the ball on several occasions down the stretch.
A month ago, the Warriors were viewed as overwhelming favorites to repeat as NBA champions after superseding the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ regular season record of 72 victories. Curry had a historic season himself, becoming the first player to score 30+ points per game while shooting 50/40/90 from the field.
Russell Westbrook, Curry’s counterpart, was the star of the show Tuesday for the second consecutive game, tallying 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Curry acknowledged that he had to play better than, if not as good as Westbrook, for Warriors to rally back. “I’ll be better and understand the moment in those situations where the momentum can swing either way. The last two games, it’s gotten away from us. A lot of that falls on my shoulders and playing better.”
Can Warriors rally back from 3-1 down?
The Thunder need to win 1 out of the next 3 games to close out the series and qualify for the NBA Finals. But Curry reckons his team can script a turnaround. “I think we’re a special team. This isn’t how we’re going to go out.”
It’s fair to say that the series isn’t over. In the past, 9 other teams have rallied back from a 3-1 deficit to take a best-of-seven series. Draymond Green thinks Warriors can become the tenth team. “This is all or nothing. We’ve put in too much work to go out like this. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself all summer going out like this. I’m not sure what it is, but whatever it is, gotta do it.”
If Stephen Curry and the Warriors lose the series, they will become the first team in NBA history to win 68+ regular season games and not reach the finals. The pivotal Game 5 is on Thursday.