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Skip Bayless says Steph Curry showed 'no clutch gene' in Game 6 loss

Skip Bayless says Steph Curry showed 'no clutch gene' in Game 6 loss

Steph Curry averaged 30.5 points, 6.0 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game during the 2019 NBA Finals. But his Warriors lost in six games to the Raptors.

So, of course, FOX Sports talking head Skip Bayless has a "take."

"Steph Curry is a mini LeBron James, in that he is a rare talent with no clutch gene," Bayless said Friday morning on FS1's "Undisputed."

"That's what he is. Rare talent, no clutch gene." 

Curry is a three-time NBA champion. He's now averaging 26.5 points, 6.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game in the playoffs over his career. Oh, and he's doing that while shooting more than 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line. 

Continue, Skip. 

"Every shot he's had in his postseason career, he has missed. He is now 0 for 8 on go-ahead field-goal attempts in the final 20 seconds of playoff games," Bayless said. "... He goes 1 for 6 in the fourth quarter, and he missed all four of his 3s." 

Curry did miss a possible game-winning 3-point shot in the final seconds of the Warriors' 114-110 loss in Game 6 to the Raptors. He also was triple-teamed throughout the fourth quarter as Kevin Durant was out with a ruptured right Achilles tendon, and Steph's fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, tore his left ACL in the third quarter Thursday night. 

Former Warrior, and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst, Kelenna Azubuike, perfectly summarized what Curry dealt with during The Finals in one single tweet Friday: 

[RELATED: Steph shows love for KD, Klay after Warriors fall in Finals]

No star player wins three titles in five years -- while making The Finals in all five seasons -- without a clutch gene, whatever that is. The storyline is played. Steph Curry is an all-time great for a reason.

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala. DeMarcus Cousins. Shaun Livingston. What do they have in common?

None of them play for the Warriors anymore.

Klay Thompson is expected to miss a large portion of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL. Combine all of this with the fact the Western Conference is insanely loaded, and you got people who believe the Dubs will either struggle to make the playoffs or miss the postseason altogether.

Steph Curry played in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and had the following interaction with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:

The break in the action on the 16th hole was coming to an end. Curry’s turn was near, leaving time for one final question.

Are the Warriors making the playoffs?

He was almost through the word “facts” when he realized it was a question and not a statement. Suddenly, his calm expression disappeared. His face scrunched and his voice elevated above a whisper, adding a shriek for emphasis.

“What?!” he said, playfully agitated by the sheer audacity of the question. “What?!”

The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight years. They've appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three titles.

Curry is a two-time MVP and is on the short list of best players in the NBA. Draymond Green is incredible and always will be underrated.

Golden State added 23-year old D'Angelo Russell, who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season en route to making his first All-Star Game.

[RELATEDWarriors didn't sign Russell just to trade him, Myers says]

Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers still are onboard. 

Be careful doubting the Dubs.

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

Who is the best player in the NBA?

If you asked five different people, you might get five different answers. But where's the fun in that?

Enter the NBA2K video game series. 

The ratings for the top 20 players in the new NBA2K20 game were unveiled Monday, and while it's hard to argue with the players that were included, there's naturally plenty of controversy regarding their respective rankings.

For instance, Warriors fans might feel like Steph Curry belongs in the top five. NBA2K20 disagrees. 

Curry came in as the No. 6 ranked players in NBA2K20 with an overall rating of 95, just behind Houston's James Harden and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant (both 96 overall). 

Rounding out the top three: reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounpo (96 overall), reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (97 overall), and finally, the Lakers' LeBron James (97 overall).

Just like his fellow backcourt mate, one could make the case Golden State's Klay Thompson is underrated as well. With an overall rating of 89, Thompson comes in at No. 14 in the player rankings.

While you can quibble with the Splash Brothers' overall rankings, you can't when it comes to their specialized skill sets. Out of all the players in NBA2K20, Curry and Thompson are ranked as the two best 3-point shooters, respectively. Curry has the maximum 3-point shooting rating possible (99), while Thompson isn't far behind at 97. 

Now, the most pressing NBA2K20 ratings question remaining: Where the heck is Draymond Green?