Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry didn’t need to prove anything in Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.
He entered 2021-22 with three Larry O’Brien Trophies and two MVP awards, universally recognized as the greatest shooter in league history. The Warriors’ postseason dominance had already signaled the extension of a dynasty that dates back to the mid-2010s. Curry was clearly the best player on the floor from the moment these NBA Finals tipped off, too, well before his instant-classic 43-point performance in Game 4.
It’s not like Curry needs extra motivation, either. Winning is plenty enough for one of the best competitors basketball has ever seen.
After hoisting his fourth Larry O’Brien Trophy and being named Finals MVP for the first time, though, an emotional, euphoric Curry couldn’t help but call out his detractors and naysayers.
Reporter: "Do you feel like even at this point in your career you needed to shut a few people up?"
Stephen Curry: "Yes. I hear all the narratives." 😂pic.twitter.com/CZJFTOy6Co
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 17, 2022
“Petty king,” indeed.
Curry had 37 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Golden State’s 103-90 closeout victory. He shot 12-of-21 overall and 6-of-11 from deep, pouring in 13 fourth-quarter points to ensure the Celtics’ comeback bid fell short.
It was another dominant performance in a series and playoffs full of them, after which Andre Iguodala said Curry “solidified himself as the greatest point guard of all-time.”
Now, obviously, in the afterglow of another Warriors title, isn’t a good time to argue otherwise. But rest assured that when critics inevitably come calling once again, Curry will be listening.
Better to bet against him proving them wrong next season, too.