Does the sentence ever get tired of reading or saying?
The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions.
Clearly, that’s not the case with the core trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, who have now led Golden State to four titles in eight years. They capped the title chase with a 103-90 Game 6 win over the Celtics, claiming the crown on the Boston floor Thursday night.
Curry had his crowning glory on Thursday night, scoring 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting — and 6 for 11 3-pointers, one game after he failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time in his career playoffs. He also added seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block as well. He received the Finals MVP trophy, to no one’s surprise.
The Warriors also got vital contributions from Andrew Wiggins (18 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks), Jordan Poole (15 points on 12 shots in 18 minutes) and Gary Payton II (six points, three steals, three rebounds and a team-high plus-18) on Thursday night, and those three — and others — were rewarded with their first NBA title.
There’s more to come, and the title chase for a fifth — “One for the Thumb” like the 49ers were looking for in 1990, anyone? — will surely start soon. But for now, it’s party time.
Here’s what the Warriors said after clinching the title:
First off, I want to congratulate the Celtics on a great streak. They were amazing. Their defensive athleticism, their length, their toughness were really hard to overcome, and they put us on the ropes in this series and a terrific season. You know, since I’ve been here, we’ve lost twice in the final, and it’s devastating, you know, to go this far and fail, and I have a lot of friends in this room, you know , between Ime and Will Hardy, Damon Stoudamire, Aaron Miles, a bunch of really good friends and guys I coached in FIBA, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, great, great, bunch of guys. So I really feel for them because I know what it’s like to lose at this point, but they had an amazing run and it was a great, great streak.
On what separates this championship from the others:
Well, they’re all unique, they’re all special. I think this one has perhaps been the most unlikely from where we’ve been for the past two years. Lots of unknowns, Klay’s injury, Draymond at the end of the year, Steph at the end of the year. A lot of young guys, a new core, or a new group around our core, I should say. But it’s really special to see guys like Wiggs and Loon and Gary Payton, how far they’ve gone, the impact they’ve had, Jordan Poole, the same. I know I’m going to forget people, but it takes a full team effort to do it, and we just had a great group doing it.
On Curry’s greatness:
He does it because what he does at his size is so different from the traditional greats in this league. I’ve said it so many times, Steph reminds me so much of Tim Duncan. Totally different players. But from the point of view of humanity, talent, humility, confidence, this wonderful combination that just makes everyone want to win for him. And I’m obviously thrilled for everyone in this room, and a lot of people played a big part in that, but I think the problem with Steph is, you know, without him, none of this is happening. It doesn’t take anything away from Joe and Peter’s ownership, as they’ve built an amazing organization. Bob Myers, one hell of a GM. Our players, we’ve had so many great players, but Steph is ultimately the reason this run happened. Kind of like Timmy in San Antonio. So I’m happy for everyone, but I’m happy for Steph. For me, this is his crowning achievement in what has already been an incredible career.
If Finals MVP was the last thing Curry needed to do:
No, he’s missing an Olympic gold medal [laughter], and I think he really needs to focus on making the 2024 Olympic team. That’s the last thing for his career. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Honestly, this whole Finals MVP thing is like, I mean, are we really — I guess his career has been so flawless, and that’s the only thing we can actually find. So it’s good to check that box for him. But it was really difficult for me to think that it was really blamed on him. Anyway, here it is. Talk to him.
On what it means to be Finals MVP:
Forget this question. Why are you starting with this question? We have four championships. God is awesome, the ability to be on that stage and play with amazing teammates against a great Boston Celtics team that gave us everything to try and get to the finish line. This one hits different for sure, just knowing what the last three years have meant, what it’s been from injuries to the changing of the guard in the rosters, Wiggs passing, our young guys who believe we could get back to this stage and winning, even if it didn’t make sense to anyone when we said it, all that matters. And now we have four championships. Me, Dray, Klay and Andre, we finally got this bad boy. It is special. It is special. Just all the work that went into it, the faith and the belief and everyone in that locker room that’s going to be spraying champagne in the locker room, everyone mattered in that process. So I’m just proud of everyone.