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Top plays of Curry's career: #5 -- Dominating Delly in the 2015 NBA Finals
It’s the 2015 NBA Finals and there are whispers that the Cleveland Cavaliers have a defensive answer to Curry. A Steph Stopper, if you will, in scrappy guard Matthew Dellavedova. Competitor that he is, Curry feels obligated to prove otherwise. He uses a fantastic Game 5, scoring 37 points and torching Dellavedova, to crush that myth.
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The jokes seem to be over, but nobody will ever forget the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Steve Kerr refuses to ever think about Game 7 from that season. Draymond Green, on the other hand, uses the heart breaking loss as daily motivation.
“You don’t want to lose that feeling because you never want to experience it again,” Green said to the Mercury News. “You can never guarantee that you’ll never experience it again. But the best way you can get as close as possible to guaranteeing it is remembering that feeling and fighting so hard against it.”
One thing is also clear about the 2016 NBA Finals -- Draymond Green has no regrets when it comes to what led to his Game 5 suspension.
“If I did play Game 5, everything is different,” Green said. “I’ll always hold that view. But what I don’t hold is the regret. I don’t regret it at all."
With Green on the ground, LeBron James stepped right over his facel. That infuriated Green, prompting him to swipe his arm up at James' groin with the Cavs star standing over him. Don't think for a second anything would change if Green could go back in time.
"I don’t regret anything. I don’t live my life with regret,” Green said. “[Stuff] happens. You move on from it. I would never let anybody just stand over the top of me. If the same thing happened again, I’d do the same thing.”
The Warriors lost the 2016 NBA Finals, but gained Kevin Durant in free agency. And Green got his revenge on James and the Cavs with the Warriors winning the NBA Finals a year later in five games.
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The shot will forever be remembered in Warriors history. Scratch that, the shot will forever be remembered in NBA history.
“I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol," Kevin Durant said to GQ Magazine. "Somebody that I really, really, really followed since I was a ninth-grade high schooler. I felt like he was passing the torch to me.”
With 52 second left in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and the Warriors trailing the Cavaliers, 113-111, Kevin Durant grabbed a rebound from an errant 3-point attempt. He dribbled down the left-side of the court and squared up LeBron James behind the 3-point line with 47 second left.
Swish. At 45.7 seconds, the ball perfectly went through the net and gave the Warriors a 114-113 lead. Game. Set. Match. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals and went on to win it all in five games.
“That was the best moment I ever had," Durant said.
Durant went on to win NBA Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.