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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: 

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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.

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Every Warriors fan remembers exactly where they were when Klay Thompson saved Golden State's season in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City.

I was in Nashville, Tenn., for a cousin's wedding, unable to watch the thriller on TV. I had to follow along on Twitter.

With the 73-win Warriors on the verge of being eliminated by the Thunder, Thompson went thermonuclear with a single-game NBA playoff record 11 3-pointers. He finished with 41 points, and "Game 6 Klay" was born.

It's one of the most iconic performances in Bay Area sports history.

But does it belong on the Mount Rushmore of best Bay Area performances? Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes so, and he explained why Friday during an interview with 95.7 The Game.

"Just one of the most incredible, clutch performances in such a desperate moment," Kerr said on the "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" show. "We were really dominated for most of those series, and we were just hanging on for dear life in that game, down eight or 10 for most of the game. I've watched that game several times since, and it's almost impossible to fathom what Klay did and what he was able to do individually in that game to pull the game for us. It was just an amazing performance."

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Thompson's performance allowed the Warriors to return home for a Game 7, where they knocked off the Thunder to advance to a second straight NBA Finals.

In terms of best Bay Area performances or moments, I would lock in Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC, Madison Bumgarner's Game 7 relief outing against the Kansas City Royals in 2014, and the Joe Montana-Dwight Clark "The Catch" from the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The fourth member of this list is open for debate. Could it be Travis Ishikawa's pennant-winning homer in 2014? Steph Curry's 37-point performance in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals? Kevin Durant's dagger 3-pointer in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers? Montana's Super Bowl XXIII-winning pass to John Taylor? Montana's five-touchdown performance in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIV win? Steve Young's six-touchdown effort in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX win over the San Diego Chargers? Edgar Renteria's two-run homer in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series? Cal-Stanford's "The Play" in 1982? Something else?

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Bay Area sports fans, tell us which four individual postseason performances or moments you would carve into your Mount Rushmore.

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Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

The last decade was littered with some of the greatest MVP seasons in NBA history.

From Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 becoming the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to LeBron James taking his game to new heights during the 2012-13 season, there was no shortage of singular campaigns to remember. Of course, Warriors star Steph Curry was plenty unprecedented on his own, becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2015-16 and the only player other than James to win the award multiple times in the 2010s.

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Curry's MVP wins will stand the test of time, but where do those campaigns stand among his award-winning peers' in the last 10 years? Here's how I ranked the MVP-winning seasons of the 2010s, starting with arguably the biggest outlier among the bunch. 

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