Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green reacted with heavy hearts after conceding the NBA title to the Cavaliers on Sunday night, losing their chance to be repeat title winners after Cleveland’s 93–89 win.
“It hurts, man,” Curry said, according to ESPN. “I mean, that’s all I’m really kind of marinating on right now.”
Curry also said that the team would use the loss as motivation.
“It’s not a good feeling,” Curry said. “At the end of the day, we want to keep this memory so that it will fuel us as we stay together as a team. Because like Draymond said, this ain't the last time you’re going to this stage. Just a tough feeling.”
Curry contributed 17 points while shooting 4 of 14 from three. Thompson followed with 14 points, making 2 of 10 three-point attempts. When asked if he had an answer for his and Curry’s dip in performance in the game, Thompson couldn’t provide a reason.
“I really can’t. I’m sorry,” Thompson said.
His team watched their championship hopes slip away as they collectively missed their final nine shots to end the game in a lack of effectiveness Thompson also could not explain.
“I mean, I don’t know,” Thompson said. “It’s hard for me to answer that right now. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through in my sports career. It’s just difficult to process right now.”
Green led the Warriors with 32 points, by far his best performance of the Finals, which were highlighted by his Game 5 suspension for hitting LeBron James in the groin.
“This playoff run, for me, has been a bunch of highs and a few lows, and the lows have kind of been tough,” Green said. “Because there have been some instances where character was attacked, and I’ve said, being suspended for a game, not being able to be out there with my teammates, you know, it’s been a pretty tough road.”