Stephen Curry said the statement he made after the 2020/21 season was more of message to themselves than the rest of the NBA. The Warriors made five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, before finishing as one of the worst teams two years ago.
Last year, the Warriors were beaten in the play-in tournament. "You don't want to see us next year," Curry said after the Warriors' play-in tournament exit. This season, the Warriors have returned to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2019.
On Thursday night in San Francisco, the Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 in Game 5 to close out the series. "It was more just a message for us," Curry said, per ESPN. "It wasn't for anybody else. It was a message for us to stay locked on the opportunity that was coming our way because we had built such a good momentum finishing the years, reestablishing what Warriors basketball was."
Curry aims his fourth NBA title
In the NBA Finals, the Warriors will take on either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat.
"The ability to set the table for anybody that comes in, be a part of the fold, find their way, elevate their game ... I think we pride ourselves on the more than what we do individually," Curry said. "To be able to do it on the biggest of stages, that's not easy to do." Jordan Poole, who has one of the best stories from this year's Warriors run, says he is surrounded by special group of players.
"In my short three years, this team is extremely special," Poole said. "What makes that special is we always knew we had championship DNA. Maybe the pieces didn't fit at first, the first two years. But you can tell that was the core.
Everything we did, from practice to preparation, was all championship-based ... even though the two years were tough, it obviously built up to this."