Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry knows the Oklahoma City Thunder could've beaten his team. The Thunder held a 3-1 Western Conference Finals series advantage, and for most of the series they looked like the better team.
Though the Thunder lost the series, they were a formidable opponent, which is why Curry spoke words of respect to Thunder star Kevin Durant at the end of Game 7.
"This is what it's all about. This is what we play for," Curry told Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News after the game. "Those battles, those moments people will remember for a long time."
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Curry clearly respects the four-time NBA scoring champion. The Thunder gave the Warriors their biggest challenge of the post-season, using big lineups with Steven Adams and Enes Kanter to thwart the Warriors' up-tempo offense.
Durant is now a free agent, but if he chooses to stay in OKC, these two teams could battle in the West for at least the next five years. Both teams are young and talented. The Warriors' average age is 27.6 years, which is solid for a team going to its second straight Finals. Curry and Thompson are two of the best shooters in the league, and with a supporting cast of Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala, the Warriors promise to be an elite team for the foreseeable future.
The average age of the Thunder players is 27. Led by Durant and Russell Westbrook, one of the NBA's top scoring duos (they averaged a combined 25.8 points per game this season), the Thunder also have a formidable supporting cast in Adams, Kanter, Andre Roberson and Dion Waiters. The team's main issue is that they tend to falter down the stretch. They committed 13 turnovers per game in the last three games of the Warriors series. The Thunder need to concentrate on bringing Durant back into the fold, as their chances of winning the Larry O'Brien Trophy wane significantly without him.
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