OAKLAND (CBS SF) — With less than 24 hours remaining before Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Cavs, Warriors MVP Stephen Curry looked calm and collected as he faced a room full of reporters after practice on Saturday. He told them after Thursday’s loss in Cleveland, his focus is winning the championship. In fact, the whole team is focused.
“The plane ride back was fun… the attitude was positive,” he said. “I like where we are mentally, it needs to transfer over to the game.”
Speaking of attitude, one reporter asked about the way Game 6 ended, when Curry lost his cool and threw his mouthpiece. That got him ejected from the game. Will that be the lasting impression for this series?
“I was going to the bench either way, so might as well have kept walking to the locker room, that’s kinda how I view it in a funny way,” he laughed. “The way we move on is win Game 7 … that’s really the best way to bounce back from an emotional loss.”
Emotional indeed. And as for all the drama that ensued off the court after that game — in the press, on social media — does he ever just shake his head at the kind of levels it gets to?
“The stuff I hear is probably ten times worse than the stuff I don’t hear so you gotta love that scrutiny and the praise, whether it’s positive or negative because of the stage we’re on,” says Curry. “If we’re in the finals every year, playing for the championship and that’s what you have to deal with? I’m cool with it.”
But is he cool when his wife Ayesha joins in the fray? Her Tweets before, during and after Game 6 set off a firestorm of comments. Is that going to distract him on Sunday?
“There’s nothing that’s going to distract me on the court,” says Curry. “It’s between me and Ayesha… that doesn’t take any spotlight off what my job is on the floor, and what these next 48 minutes are gonna be like in Game 7. That’s all I’m worried about. I might have to cut the wi-fi off at my house, tho,” he laughs.
As for bringing his A-game on Sunday, Curry says he needs to play his best game of the year, if not his career because the stakes are so high. He told reporters he plans to be aggressive, in control, and focus on details on both ends of the floor.
At the end of the day, Warriors fans want just that and, of course, to win.
“This is a long hard journey to win a championship, the only thing that matters is if we’re on the podium tomorrow.”
CBSSF.com writer, producer Jan Mabry is also executive producer and host of The Bronze Report. She lives in Northern California. Follow her on Twitter @janmabr.