Steph Curry was overcome with emotion after securing another championship ring Thursday night in Boston.
Curry celebrated after several big shots in the second half of the Warriors’ 103-90 Game 6 win over the Celtics to secure their fourth league title in eight years.
But when it became clear in the game’s final minutes that the Warriors would again be champions, Curry let the moment wash over him.
Asked postgame by ESPN’s Lisa Salters about the tears, Curry looked first to the team around him:
“I’m so proud of our group. I thank God every day that I get to play this game at the highest level with some amazing people. You know this is what it’s all about, playing for a championship and what we’ve been through over the last three years. Beginning of the season, nobody thought we’d be here except everybody on this court right now. It’s amazing. Very surreal, though, very surreal.”
An emotional moment for Steph Curry as he is an NBA champion once again 👏 pic.twitter.com/fznajLIG6m
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He and the Warriors fell to the worst record in the league following their last Finals appearance, a June 2019 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Curry injured his hand early in the 2019-20 season and missed almost the entire campaign.
Last season was a step in the right direction as Curry led the league in points per game, but Golden State still fell short of the playoffs, losing in the play-in round.
But this season was a whole different animal: Golden State established itself as a contender early on, even without Curry’s running mate in Klay Thompson, who was returning from two major injuries. The Warriors struggled without Draymond Green in the new year and without Curry for a period of time, but they had the core intact for the whole playoff run, and that made the difference.
That road back was clearly meaningful to Curry.
“We were just so far away from it,” he told Salters when asked why this championship mattered so much to him. “We were here for five straight years and got three of them, and you hit rock bottom with injuries and the long road of work ahead and just trying to fill in the right pieces and right guys. You can never take this for granted because you never know when you’ll be back here. To get back here and get it done means the world.”
“You can never take this for granted.” 🏆
Steph talked about the journey to ring No. 4 🗺️ pic.twitter.com/NxlLqElfI0
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