Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is in no way underestimating the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, but he wants everyone to know that they remain as confident as ever in winning the title.
Speaking to reporters three days ahead of the NBA Finals, Curry shared that he likes the Warriors’ chances going into the series. Nonetheless, he acknowledged that Boston won’t be easy opponents and that they will always respect them whenever they face each other.
As Curry highlighted, the Celtics have been battle-tested over the last four years and currently have a well-rounded group with a good mix of size and experience. It may be their first Finals appearance, but it is worth noting they had to go through the 2020-21 champions Milwaukee Bucks and former Finals participants in the Miami Heat.
“We like the matchup in terms of just confidence going in, knowing that we can win but there’s obvious respect in terms of what they present as a team,” Curry said of the Celtics, per NBC Sports.
The Warriors enter the NBA Finals as the slight favorites, with the Celtics being 3.5 underdogs in Game 1. With that said, it’s not surprising why Stephen Curry is feeling confident about their chances.
However, as Curry suggested, they cannot be too overconfident and should give the Celtics the respect they deserve. Since Steve Kerr took over the Dubs, the Celtics are 9-7 against the Warriors. In the 22 games he has played against Boston throughout his career, Curry is 11-11 against them.
It remains to be seen how the Warriors plan to deal with the Celtics, but the NBA Finals is definitely brewing to be an intense one to say the least.