OAKLAND, Calif. — Fresh charcoal gray NBA Finals cap on backward and wearing a wide grin, Stephen Curry summed up his wild, up-and-down postseason and reminded everybody he's not close to done.
The MVP has his groove back, all right — looking healthy again at last after dealing with a troublesome ankle, a right knee sprain that sidelined him and a puffy elbow from an awkward dive into the stands.
"Now we're four wins away from our goal, and that's a pretty special accomplishment," Curry said Monday night after his Warriors wrapped up the Western Conference final by beating the Thunder 96-88 in Game 7.
Curry is taking the 73-win Warriors back to the NBA Finals with a shot at a second straight championship, his plan from the get go.
Golden State's chances of digging out of a big hole against Oklahoma City looked dire just last week. His body beat up, Curry had no choice but to watch fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson and others carry the Warriors for much of this postseason run while he worked his way back.
It's his time again.
Just as he did after the Warriors won Game 5 to stave off elimination, Curry chanted through Oracle Arena, "We ain't going home!" as Golden State became just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win a postseason series.
Curry and his teammates earned a day off Tuesday before preparations begin in earnest today for a Finals rematch against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who lost last season's title to Golden State in six games.
For Curry, there's just one more step to take after a series of injuries slowed him in the playoffs.
There was the injured ankle in the first-round Houston series, then he returned only to slip on a wet spot in Game 4 against the Rockets and sprained his right knee. He dived into the Oracle Arena stands against the Thunder and gave himself a puffy elbow, and for a few games Curry hardly looked comfortable with his typically breezy ballhandling and shoot-from-anywhere rhythm.
Until he did again, scoring 36 in the deciding game, making seven 3-pointers and dishing out eight assists.
His teammates have come to expect nothing less.
"That's really one thing that I admire about him. He's a person that's never going to change for anybody. He hasn't changed to try to prove anything," said 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. "He just stayed true to himself."
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