Stephen Curry finds it ‘funny’ that the Warriors aren’t title favorites
Given the manner in which the Golden State Warriors rolled through the NBA Playoffs to the franchise’s first title in decades, Stephen Curry admitted he was taken aback by the fact that his team isn’t tabbed as favorites to repeat as champions.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who the Warriors dispatched in six games in the NBA Finals, are considered the favorites (11-4) by Bovada to hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy at the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season. The Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs are tied for second at 9-2 odds.
With the Warriors returning with essentially the same roster next season, Curry told CBS Sports NBA insider Ken Berger that he finds it “funny” that the Warriors were slighted in such a manner.
“We obviously are the champs, and you’ve got to think that we’re gonna be a better team next year with our experiences that we’ve had, and we’re not the favorites,” Curry said from Las Vegas, where he’s attending Team USA’s minicamp. “Obviously there’s been a lot of noise, teams retooling and trying to boost their lineups. You have teams that haven’t set foot on the floor yet and are heavily favored to kick us off our throne.”
While Curry may have a point, the Cavaliers were tremendously undermanned in the Finals considering both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were out with injuries. Cleveland also upgraded the talent around LeBron James to a certain degree by adding Mo Williams and Richard Jefferson. Other teams in the Western Conference similarly made key additions to their rosters while the Warriors more or less elected to stand pat.
The question remains, then, is whether or not the Warriors can replicate their dominant regular season and catch fire in the postseason again next spring and summer. Curry believes they can.
“We obviously know what’s going on,” he said. “And it’s up to us to keep our momentum that we built.”