In the heat of battle, it can be difficult for athletes to maintain perspective of what’s really going on.
But during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, Stephen Curry had a moment, shared with Trevor Ariza, reflecting on just how fun the series has been between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
Curry ended up running 1.44 miles on defense, a result of the Warriors continuing to switch on almost every pick-and-roll defensively, and the Rockets running through pick-and-rolls until they could get MVP front-runner James Harden matched onto Curry.
According to Second Spectrum, that’s a quarter mile more than any other Warriors defender and the most he has run in any game all season.
“You can get tired a little bit here and there during the game, but there’s no excuse for not appreciating the moment,” Curry said. “I looked over at [Rockets forward] Trevor Ariza in the middle of the fourth quarter and we just both said to each other, ‘This is fun; this is what you love about NBA basketball.’ If you can’t push through for 48 minutes in this type of environment, you don’t love the game.”
The series has been quite the challenge for Curry who has had to work harder on both ends of the floor perhaps more than ever in his career.
The Rockets have made life difficult and while Curry has struggled at times, he’s also risen to the occasion enough to help the Warriors to force a Game 7 that will be played tomorrow night in Houston. That too will be quite fun.