Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Stephen Curry thanks God after helping team to fourth straight NBA Finals appearance

The Golden State Warriors didn’t play their best basketball in the Western Conference Finals. But when they needed scoring, they turned to a former NBA MVP, Stephen Curry.

In Game 3 at home with the series tied at one, Curry erupted for 35 points, leading Golden State to 126-85 win. In Game 6, with the team struggling in the first half, Steph hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with 29 points as the Warriors came back from down 17 in the first quarter to win 115-86.

Monday night in Game 7, Curry and the Warriors once again found themselves down by double digits in the second quarter on the road. But in the third quarter, Curry and his team once again caught fire. Curry erupted for 14 points and Golden State found a way to win, beating the Rockets 101-92 and advancing to its fourth straight NBA Finals.

“Basketball is a 48-minute game and no matter how bad the first half was, no matter how bad I played, it’s always tough to turn it around,” Curry told TNT after the game. “You don’t want to always be in that situation, but third quarter you come out rejuvenated, it’s what you work hard for. I thank God for health and the ability to just come out and enjoy the moment.”

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Curry has always been outspoken about his faith. In 2012, he spoke to Sports Spectrum about why he stands firm in Jesus.

“My priority is to be a man and child of God and not get sucked into the temptations a lot of guys don’t have a problem getting into,” Curry said. “Family definitely helps me in that regard because if my faith carries them and they’re happy, I know I’m doing the right thing.”

“It’s very humbling to know I’m able to be on the stage that I am, and I think God has put me in this situation to change this perspective on what it is to be a man of God and a player in the NBA. I want to use the gifts God gave me on the basketball court to uplift His name. That’s at the forefront of why I play the game.

The Warriors and Cavs — Part 4 — will begin with Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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