Christian Fuentes, sports journalist for Metro Puerto Rico
The 2016 Golden State Warriors are in the 2007 New England Patriots territory. Best regular season in their respective sports histories…but NO RING. While 73-9 is an impressive feat, they didn’t validate that with the championship and unfortunately for them, THAT will be forgotten. I’ll go as far as to argue that this NBA Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers is much worse than how great it was winning the 2015 championship.
This was a major collapse; one of the worst in sports history. This was on par with the 2004 New York Yankees, the 2007 New York Mets, the 2011 Boston Red Sox, the 2006 Dallas Mavericks, so on and so on. Up 3-1 with a clinching game at home in Game 5 and after being forced to a Game 7, they led at halftime and had as much as an eight point lead in the third quarter. The team that went 73-9 would have finished the job. I am an unabashed Stephen Curry apologist. I drank their Kool-Aid. HOWEVER, Curry did not get it done and that should be recognized. He does not and will not get a pass here. It falls mostly on him, because he is the two-time reigning league MVP. No excuses. It was a combination of giving the championship away and LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers absolutely snatching it from their hands. In no way Cleveland backed into the championship. They took it and wanted it more and it showed. The Warriors got cocky, they grandstanded a little bit, and now they lost that air of invincibility they had all season long.
The people who are screaming for the league to take away Curry’s 2016 MVP should get over themselves. He undoubtedly was the MVP in 2016 and so what if it was unanimous? It means 131 people were smart enough to give him the vote he deserved. With that being said, he disappeared in the NBA Finals. He did not show up, with the exception of Game 4. One great game will never be enough to win in a championship round. My guess is that the sting of losing will bring the Golden State Warriors down to Earth and they’ll be back. This team is too good and too talented to not contend for another championship next year. A lot of Curry’s weaknesses were exposed and he’ll have to go back to the drawing board and find ways to improve (for which he has plenty of room to). He and his Warriors have a choke job to overcome.