Warriors superstar Steph Curry registered 21 points and seven assists Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors. He missed a go-ahead 3-point attempt with his team down two and eight seconds remaining.
Warriors lose. Series over. Last game in Oracle Arena history.
Despite the devastating loss -- and despite the fact that Klay Thompson sustained a torn left ACL -- Curry found a way to celebrate the moment and find some perspective.
As Ramona Shelburne of ESPN writes:
Curry spent extra time packing up his locker before leaving. Then he stopped to say goodbye to every security guard, usher and custodian who worked there.
Many of them won't be working in the new arena in San Francisco next year. The choice was given to all employees, but the new commute has proven prohibitive to many.
When Curry finally drove away from the arena he had helped make NBA history in, he went home and hung out with a dozen or so members of his family. They ordered In N Out burgers and played golf [on his simulator machine] deep into the night.
Knowing how much Curry loves golf, it wouldn't be a surprise if he makes it to Pebble Beach this weekend for the U.S. Open.
Also, a triple cheeseburger (or a 3x3) and some fries sounds pretty damn good right now.
Considering the circumstances, the two-time NBA MVP was pretty damn good in the Finals.
Curry averaged 30.5 points, 6.0 assists and 5.2 rebounds in the six games while constantly being trapped and blitzed and box-and-1'd. His shooting percentages -- 41.4 percent overall and 34.3 percent from deep -- would have been 43 and 37 percent, respectively, if you eliminate his 0-for-5 mark on shots beyond 35 feet.
It's gotta be annoying for Steph Curry to hear people say: "But he shot 6-for-17 in Game 6 of the Finals." He was really 6-for-14 overall and 3-for-8 from deep because he missed a:— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 14, 2019
-78 footer at end of 1st quarter
-74 footer at end of 2nd quarter
-63 footer at end of 4th quarter
But in the end, Curry and the Warriors fell short of the three-peat.
"There's a lot of different emotions," Curry said. "No regrets at all about how this series ended. We had a lot of great memories in this building.
"I think it's iconic, in the sense of our entire history of this organization and how we got to this point."