Dell Curry says Warriors loss is ‘still a win’
The Golden State Warriors failed to complete a three-peat after losing to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals. The Raptors won their first NBA title on Thursday night after escaping with a 114-110 win over the defending champions at the Oracle Arena. But despite losing in the finals, former NBA player Dell Curry said that the loss is “still a win” for Golden State.
In an interview with Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Curry said that the loss will not erase the fact that the Warriors were very successful in the last five years. Golden State reached the NBA Finals for five straight seasons, winning three NBA titles during that span.
“To do it for five years, with the circumstances that we hand, and still be in it, I can’t believe it,” Curry said. “We’ve celebrated more tonight, during a loss, than ever. Because we knew how hard it is. We lost, but it’s still a win.”
The Warriors needed to hurdle a lot of challenges this season, particularly in the playoffs. They lost DeMarcus Cousins two games into the postseason, and also saw Kevin Durant went down with a calf strain during their second-round showdown against the Houston Rockets.
Cousins and Durant eventually returned in the finals. But unfortunately for Durant, his return lasted only 12 minutes, as he sustained a ruptured Achilles that will likely force him to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season. Klay Thompson also had a rough series, as he hurt his hamstring in Game 2 and suffered a torn ACL in Game 6.