Stephen Curry was arguably the top player in the NBA the last two seasons with two Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards to show for it. However, the Golden State Warriors superstar point guard failed to give the team its back-to-back championships despite leading 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There were rumors and speculations during the NBA Playoffs that Curry did not recover from his injuries and that has affected the play of the two-time MVP. Curry got hurt early in the playoffs but returned to play and tried to help the Warriors get another title.
However, Curry’s numbers were down after the injury compared to his performance the previous year and earlier in the regular season and postseason.
“I wasn’t 100% but who cares, right?” Curry admitted in an interview with ESPN when asked about his knee injury during the 2016 NBA Playoffs. “I was playing, I’d rather help my team win and that’s all that really matters.”
Curry helped his team to a 73-9 record in the regular season and broke the Chicago Bull’s previous record for most wins in a year. In the regular season, Curry averaged 30.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game and also broke the record for most three-pointers made in a single season.
However, those numbers dropped in the NBA Playoffs. In the championship series against the Cavs, he averaged 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 0.9 steals per gameand he also shot just 40 per cent from the three-point area, down from 44.4 percent during the regular season.
Curry also averaged 4.3 turnovers per game in the NBA Finals, where LeBron’s team found a way to neutralize him with their defense.
In the same interview, Curry vowed that he’s on his way to recovery to put a stop on the NBA rumors that his injury will be a recurring one for the long-term.
“I am taking advantage of the summer to make it right and I still have a little bit of work to do going into training camp. I guess if you’re right there playing and you’re not 100%, no one’s going to listen,” Curry added.
Will Curry work his way back to MVP form? With Kevin Durant joining the Warriors, can the Warriors PG still contend for the best player award in the league? Or will the injuries continue to be an issue for Stephen Curry?