Stephen Curry remembers ‘nightmare’ 4th quarter in Game 7 of 2016 NBA Finals; Credited Kyrie Irving for crucial 3-pointer

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Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals is still fresh in the mind of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. He admitted being haunted by his performance in the fourth quarter, especially the crucial pass that went out of bounds.

“Yeah, I still think about that [turnover],” Curry told ESPN. “[But] in thinking about that game, it’s funny because I know the concept of making the right play, making a simple play, understanding that there are deciding moments in games and the difference between winning a championship or not could be one of those plays. [With that said,] I came out in preseason this year and threw a behind-the-back pass because I have confidence that I can do it and it won’t change that.”

With five minutes left in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, the Warriors held a one-point lead against the Cavaliers. Stephen Curry orchestrated the play and threw a left-handed, behind-the-back pass to Klay Thompson. Unfortunately, the pass didn’t reach Thompson and went out of bounds.

Curry credited Irving for game-winning 3-pointer in Game 7

It was a mistake Curry wished he didn’t commit but said that he wouldn’t allow it to affect his game moving forward. The two-time MVP was also the one defending Kyrie Irving when he drained the game-winning three-pointer with less than a minute left in the game. However, Curry made it clear that he has no regrets with the way he defended Irving.

“You could tell that’s a shot he’s worked on,” Curry said. “I was right there. Tried not to foul. I stayed in front and contested. He just made an amazing shot. You have to give him credit. There’s nothing I’d do differently on that play.”

The 2015-16 NBA season was one of the most historical seasons in the NBA history. The Warriors managed to break the ’95-96 Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins by ending the seasons with a 73-9 win-loss record. However, the Cavaliers also became the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.

Warriors face Cavs for third straight year in NBA Finals

The Warriors and the Cavaliers are headed into third consecutive NBA Finals matchup after dominating their respective conferences. So far, the Warriors emerged as the top favorite to win the 2017 NBA championship title while the Cavs are labeled as the heavy underdogs. However, the Warriors shouldn’t be overconfident in their upcoming game if they don’t want to suffer another embarrassment this season.

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