According to a report from Sam Amick of USA Today on Wednesday morning, Golden State Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry says that he still hasn’t gotten over his team’s Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I still haven’t gotten over Game 7,” said Curry. “That’s something that will stay with me pretty much forever, for good and bad reasons. Obviously you hated the feeling, but it’s also a motivator to come back even stronger and try not to have that feeling again. I’m at that point now where I can try to fuel any kind of terrible nightmares or thoughts about Game 7 into motivation for how I’m going to prepare myself for this year.”
However, the two-time reigning league MVP was not at 100 percent during the postseason and especially by the time the 2016 NBA Finals officially got underway. Personal trainer Brandon Payne, who has worked with Curry since 2011, believes that his client was nowhere near full health.
“As bad as I wanted it to be him [in the Finals], it wasn’t him,” said Payne. “We don’t like to make excuses, and we’re not going to make excuses because all that matters is what happens in the 48 minutes when you’re on the floor. [But] I wish it was the other version of him, the version that we saw for 82 games.”
Despite Curry and the Warriors serving as two-time Western Conference Champions in addition to the 2015 NBA Champions, the Cavaliers and superstar forward LeBron James put a damper on Golden State’s legacy. While the Warriors set the record for the most wins in a single regular season in 2015-2016, unfortunately, last season will surely always leave a sour taste among Curry and his teammates.