Author of two very heavy performances to start the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry started his series very strongly against Boston. Of course, he still hurts from the bar but it is also his defensive contribution and the maturity with which he evolves that is impressive today. Steph says it himself, his prime it is now.
the prime of a player, this limited but golden period when the physical, technical and mental capacities are all at the top at the same time. When you look at the traditional journey of the greatest players in history, there is the rise, the peak, and then this constant adaptation to stave off decline and boost longevity. Stephen Curry is now 34 years old, in his 13th NBA season, and is in the running for a fourth ring and his first-ever Finals MVP trophy. His performance in Game 1 against the Celtics and their formidable defense? 34 points – 5 rebounds – 5 assists with 7 banderillas from the 3-point line. In Game 2? 29 points – 6 rebounds – 4 assists and 5 more shots from the parking lot, including an “amazing” third quarter to use the words of his coach Steve Kerr. You add to that defensive efforts, leadership, intelligence and a real serenity, and you get Stephen Curry in 2022. Is this the best version of Steph since we saw him start his revolution in the middle? 2010s? The main interested party landed on the subject with Malika Andrews ofESPNin an interview for NBA Today.
“I don’t want to take anything for granted. I’m in my 13th year, I’m 34, you don’t know how many opportunities you have left and until when you will be in your prime. […]
Today, my progress on the technical level is aligned with the mental aspect and the serenity that results from the different experiences that I have had. I don’t feel like I’m declining physically, and I know I have a lot left to do on the pitch. I enjoy every moment. »
Experience, experience, this is what the Stephen Curry double MVP in 2015 and 2016 did not have, at least less compared to today. Over the past eight years, the Chief has known almost everything in the NBA. The individual and collective glory of course, but also the disappointment of the lost NBA Finals, a practically white 2019-20 season due to injuries, two consecutive years without Playoffs with Golden State (including one in the League’s slums), then the return to the fore this year. The kind of trajectory that necessarily gives a lot of perspective, confidence, and adds an extra dose of appreciation when it comes to living the 2022 NBA Finals to the fullest. In addition to the enormous work done by Steph over the seasons to stay in excellent shape but also to become more physically solid in order to be able to withstand the weight of the years, it is especially this desire to enjoy every second that seems to carry Curry today. He said it several times, he has nothing more to prove. He is already one of the best all-time players and his legacy can only grow by the end of his career. But he wants to continue to push the limits, continue to be on top, and take the maximum of pleasure between the four lines of the parquet. And if there’s a Finals MVP title — the only trophy he’s missing — at the end to go along with a fourth NBA title, that would be icing on the cake.
“Winning the Finals MVP? That would mean everything to me because it means you just won the series. It’s so fun to see someone win Finals MVP, you want to experience that. If we want to win against Boston, I have to continue playing as I do now. »
Stephen Curry exudes serenity. Both on and off the court. Will he finish the season at the top with his Warriors? We will see that in about ten days but it is clear that the prime of the Splash Brother is still in progress. To our delight.
Text source: NBA Today