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In NBA Finals, Warriors’ Stephen Curry attempts final tunnel shot at Oracle Arena pregame vs. Raptors

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Over the last few seasons, the Stephen Curry pregame “tunnel shot” has become a staple at Oracle Arena.

Curry’s routines during warmups have become synonymous with his revolutionary play style and shooting from well beyond the 3-point arc, showing limitless range in his pursuit of becoming the greatest shooter in NBA history.

With the Warriors moving to the Chase Center in San Francisco next season, Thursday night marked the final time that Stephen Curry ever fired off the tunnel shot at Oracle Arena:

Curry’s long-range exploits helped to give birth to a dynasty in Oakland, and the Warriors are hoping that his prolific shooting abilities will extend the series as Golden State seeks a three-peat.

While he is averaging a series-high 32.4 points per game, Curry has struggled to get it going beyond the arc. He is shooting around 36 percent from the 3-point line, a number that would be perfectly acceptable for most players, but not for a someone who shoots nearly 44 percent from deep for his career.

That said, Stephen Curry has continued to make his threes when they count the most, including the go-ahead bucket in Game 5. With Kevin Durant rupturing his Achilles, the onus is on Curry and Klay Thompson once again.

Yet, it seems fitting that so much of the burden rests on Curry’s shoulders. His MVP 2014-15 season not only resulted in the first championship in franchise history, but also changed the way basketball would be played forever.

Needless to say, Stephen Curry will almost certainly be the aggressor on the offensive side of the ball on Thursday night. The fate of the Warriors, this series, and the way the 2019 NBA season will be remembered all ride in part on what Curry is able (or unable) to do in a proud franchise’s Oakland finale.