Three years ago, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry suffered a knee injury during the Warriors' first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, an injury which looked pretty bad at first.
However, it ended up being a best-case scenario diagnosis for Curry and the Warriors, as Curry was able to return for Golden State's second-round matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The sharpshooter ended up returning for Game 4 of that series and dropped 40 points in a resounding (and surprising) performance, a performance that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr still remembers today:
“I told him he was the first person to shimmy when he was 1-for-10 from 3,” Kerr said, referencing Curry's struggles at the start of his return, according to Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. “To me, that’s what it’s about. If you have that much confidence in a playoff game, to go — and you still turn it on in the same game. That’s the ultimate I’m the man moment.”
Curry exploded in what ended up being an overtime victory that night, scoring 17 points in the extra session and yelling “I'm back!” to the crowd in Portland.
Well, Steph didn't need to do that while he was pouring in 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists as the Warriors completed a sweep of the Blazers on Monday night, as the 30-year-old was there all series and averaged a ridiculous 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists over 39.8 minutes per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor, 42.6 percent from 3-point range and 93.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The Warriors are now moving on to their fifth straight NBA Finals.