1. Curry has to play like the best in the world
For as much heat as Stephen Curry receives as a subpar postseason performer, he’s done awfully well for himself without the help of his superstar teammate. In battling against another top point guard named Damian Lillard, Curry dominated with 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game on 42.6 percent shooting from downtown.
It’s been repeated over and over again since his emergence as a full-fledged superstar, but there’s nothing quite like watching Curry’s solo act at the offensive end. He forces defenses into uncharted territory with coverage that stretches well beyond the 3-point line and possesses the ability to heat up faster than your average lighter.
The 2019 NBA Finals are an interesting clash between two teams who, pending Durant’s return, match up fairly well in terms of overall talent. Golden State has the edge in championship experience, but the Raptors’ depth and fresh legs could balance out the difference. If this is to be the case, it’ll be up to the respective leaders on both sides to tip the scales in their favor.
These playoffs have belonged to Kawhi Leonard for his gaudy stat lines, stifling defense and late-game heroics. Curry’s done his part recently in reminding the NBA world of the otherworldly level he’s more than capable of reaching without No. 35. Previous seasons have shown what a single player can do for his team, and this final round is sure to be no exception.
The Warriors can’t afford a subpar performance from Steph, as has been the case at times in previous Finals outings — especially without home-court advantage. They don’t currently have the ultimate safety net that is Kevin Durant, always present with a 30-point outing when his teammates have an off night.
Curry is the powerhouse engine that’s propelled his team to every level of success. To etch Golden State into the elusive club of three-peat champions, he needs a performance worthy of his first Finals MVP trophy, a showing that will also further cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats.