OAKLAND, Calif. – When the Golden State Warriors exploded into the national consciousness, becoming an international sensation seemingly overnight, it was because of the evergreen genius of Stephen Curry.
Whenever he got hot in front of his home crowd here at Oracle Arena – and even, at times, on the road – fans would lose themselves in celebration, reveling in this star that looked like a regular guy but had become one of the greatest players in the sport.
It was a wildly entertaining game that reinforced the argument being made by many these days that a Finals matchup besides the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers would be a more enjoyable outcome for the league.
It was a performance noteworthy enough to cause legendary broadcaster Dan Rather, of all people, to weigh in after the game, tweeting that Curry’s stock has “dropped” in the eyes of “some ‘serious’ basketball analysts.”
While that is a debatable claim – fans, players and media voted for him as an all-star starter – it is true that the arrival of Durant has changed the way both he, and his place within the Warriors, have been viewed.
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