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Kevin Durant breaks silence on Steph Curry, Warriors NBA Finals win over Celtics

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After the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6, they officially secured their fourth NBA Finals win in the last eight years. While every title win must have had meaning for Golden State, this title held a deeper meaning than the others. That became clear when Warriors star Stephen Curry was overcome with emotion in the final moments of the game.

One reason the 2022 title is so meaningful for Golden State is that they won for the first time since 2018. Back then, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was part of their four core teams, which included Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. After Durant left town to join the Nets, most people thought the Warriors dynasty was over, especially after he hadn’t made the playoffs since leaving. But against the odds, they climaxed without the services of their two-time Finals MVP.

On June 16, the Nets star broke his silence on the Warriors’ win, praising Curry and the rest of his former teammates.

“Congratulations to the Dubs and my boys [Steph Curry]a Fillmore legend, a man who’s been waiting his whole life for a parade on Market Street. said Durant via his Twitter account on April 16.

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The Warriors endured a soft team rebuild following Durant’s departure. And injuries to Thompson and Curry the following season saw them rise from five straight NBA Finals games to become the worst team in the league as they won just 15 games in the 2020 season.

After missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, most people were willing to fork the Warriors. Thompson, now a four-time champion, says the doubters made the journey back to the top even sweeter.

“Lots of gossip. Many doubters. But guess what, you just put that in your fuel tank and just keep going. And it’s definitely different.” said Thompson to reporters after the win. “I have a memory like an elephant. I do not forget. There were a lot of people who stepped on us.”

Steph Curry shares the same sentiment:

“This one is definitely different because we took three years of baggage from this game 6 in 2019,” Curry said via ABC News. “I can say it now, I don’t know how many teams could pull through that as long as we have the expectations to now compare ourselves to teams of the past and make it back to the mountaintop.”

The Warriors’ journey back to glory was a sight to behold. But next season they will find themselves back on familiar ground. As the defending NBA champion, they will go from hunter to hunted as every team in the league will be shooting at them.

It doesn’t make it any easier for the Warriors to see the NBA improve as there are multiple championship-caliber teams in both conferences. Will someone dethrone the Warriors or is it the start of the next Golden State dynasty? It will be fun to see the result.

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