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Curry thanks Warriors fans for support: 'We'll be back'

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Curry thanks Warriors fans for support: 'We'll be back'

Stephen Curry's golden season for the Warriors as the NBA's first unanimous MVP did not end how he had hoped. 

Curry and the Warriors fell on the wrong end of history, becoming the first team to lead the NBA Finals 3-1 and come out on the losing end as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers dethroned the reigning champs. On the biggest stage in Game 7, Curry scored 17 points, going 6 for 19 from the field. 

The league's regular season MVP missed all five of his shots in the final 5:38 and Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving nailed the game-winning 3-pointer over his outreached arms with 53 seconds remaining. 

"It will haunt me for a while, because it means a lot to me to try to lead my team and do what I need to do on the court and big stages. Done it before. Didn’t do it tonight,” Curry said after the Game 7 loss.

[POOLE: Curry's historic season ends in heartbreak: 'Didn't do enough']

On Monday, Curry sent a special message to Warriors fans everywhere for all the support during this historical season. 

"Dub Nation, Steph Curry, just wanna say thanks for all the support. I know we didn't get it done, but we'll be back and we appreciate everything all year long," Curry said after the team's exit interviews Monday.

In the NBA Finals, Curry averaged 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. From the field he shot 40.3 percent and nailed 40 percent of his 3-point attempts. 

[POOLE: Rewind: Warriors' dream season ends in NBA Finals sorrow]

Compared to his MVP regular season, Curry's production was significantly down in all categories. 

Winning back-to-back MVPs, Curry had a career-year this season. Playing in 79 regular season games, Curry averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. The sharp shooter buried 50.4 percent from the field and 45.4 percent from beyond the arc. 

The Warriors won an NBA record 73 games while only losing nine games in the regular season. But, in the playoffs they matched their total of nine losses and won 15 games.

DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

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DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins isn't exactly on the best of terms with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. 

The four-time All-Star was hoping to re-sign with the franchise that traded for him back in February 2017, but things didn't work out. There is still some bad blood.

Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Clippers. Apparently, he could have suited up against the Pelicans but opted to remain on the sideline.

[RELATEDDeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important]

"I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

"I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

Cousins is right in that if he made his debut against the Pelicans, the emotions would have been off the charts. He made the right decision to wait two extra days.

At his introductory press conference with the Warriors back in July, the big man implied that New Orleans GM Dell Demps didn't offer him a contract.

"I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night," Cousins declared. "We both know the truth. And I’ll leave it at that."

If you like drama, then mark April 9 on your calendar because that's when Cousins and the Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In April 2012, Steph Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle. The surgeon was Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

In late January 2018, DeMarcus Cousins underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. The surgeon was ...

... Dr. Richard Ferkel, who certainly will be watching when the Warriors big man takes the floor Friday night in Los Angeles.

[RELATED: Cousins’ debut means Warriors will face 10 crucial questions]

He recently spoke with NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh about Cousins' rehab process and acknowledged that keeping the six-time All-Star's weight down has been a top priority.

"The stress they're putting on is a little different than for somebody who is a 6-foot point guard," Dr. Ferkel said. "It probably extends the rehab a bit longer in bigger people than in smaller people.”

Cousins isn't a small person, and at various points throughout his career, he has needed to shed some pounds. At this point, that isn't an issue because he truly looks to be in very solid shape -- not elite-level "game shape," but he definitely passes the eye test right now.

But Warriors fans shouldn't expect a seamless assimilation. It will take Cousins some time to shake off the rust and get fully comfortable. He'll have to adapt to the Warriors' high-octane pace and style.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that even if he’s released, we, as part of DeMarcus’ team, feel this current release (to play) is really the final phase of his rehabilitation," Dr. Ferkel added. "We’re not saying he’s 100 percent like he would be if he was uninjured.

"He’s done everything he can do but be in a game situation with elite players.”

Buckle up and enjoy the ride ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller