Stephen Curry‘s move to Under Armour and the subsequent rise of the brand were well documented, but a pair of UA shoes lost the Warriors a chance to sweep the NBA Finals.
Stephen Curry was not the only Warrior to play poorly in Game 3 on Wednesday night, but a team takes after its leaders, and when the leader doesn’t play well, the team doesn’t play well.
And why didn’t Stephen Curry play well?
Because of his footwear selection. To every sneakerhead, or pretty much every fashionable person, it is well known that wearing the wrong pair of shoes can ruin your whole outfit, and your confidence for the day.
A lesser known fact, however, is that this lack of confidence in your shoe game can translate to the court. And no, I’m not talking about your next pickup game when you wear Vans and get crossed up. I’m talking about how 2-time MVP Stephen Curry had his entire game thrown out of whack because of the Under Armour Curry 2.5 model.
…it is well known that wearing the wrong pair of shoes can ruin your whole outfit, and your confidence for the day.
Now, this is not an isolated incident. As the highly respected journalist that I am (one of my articles got 3 retweets), I have done my research on this topic.
Let me take you all on a little journey of education.
In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors were up by double digits late. And then, all of the sudden, the lead was gone. The Warriors lost the game. Steph scored 24 points, but he was -39 in 29 minutes, with 5 turnovers. Not his greatest game, to say the least.
And guess what shoes that Stephen Curry, the two time reigning MVP, was wearing? The Curry 1? The shoes that he wore all of last year’s postseason run? Nope. The Curry 2? The ones that he wore during the infamous 73-win season? Nein. That’s right. He was wearing the Curry 2.5s. The shoes in which he has accomplished absolutely nothing.
Do you all remember Game 3 of the OKC series? Of course you do. It was the one in which the Warriors lost 105-133 in possibly the most embarrassing loss of the season at that point. And guess what shoes Curry was sporting? Yup. You guessed it, the Curry 2.5.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
In Game 4 of that series, the Warriors lost 94-118 in yet another blowout in the Western Conference Finals, putting them down 3-1. The season looked like it was pretty much over. It overtook game three as the worst loss of the season immediately. In nearly 40 minutes of action, Steph only scored 19, and committed 6 turnovers. Why did the Warriors lose? Because the team was shook from game 3? Was the Thunder crowd too loud? Was it a lack of discipline on defense? Nah. No. Nay. It was because Stephen Curry, who might not even know what’s good for his team, was wearing the Curry 2.5s.
Like seriously man? Do you even want your team to succeed? Do you want to win back-to-back titles?
After that though, Stephen Curry learned his lesson. He went back to the Curry 2s, some of the cleanest shoes out there, I might add, in Games 5,6, and 7 of the Western Conference Finals and Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals.
And guess what? The Warriors won all of those games. HMMM… I WONDER WHY????
And finally, all was good in the Nation of Dub. The Warriors completed an historic comeback to save their already historic season. And then they moved into the finals and didn’t skip a beat against the Cleveland Cavaliers, blowing them out twice in Oakland.
But then, like a plot twist in the middle of a really bad movie, it all changed. Everything turned on its head. The Warriors flew to Cleveland. Everything was happy. The Warrior fans were trolling on Twitter once again, and everyone was debating if the 2016 Dubs could beat the Showtime Lakers of old, let alone of they could beat the Cavs that they were playing in the Finals in present day. But Wednesday struck. Game day. And like the title of a Drake album, nothing was the same.
The Warriors walked into Cleveland swaggin’. They were ready to grab a sweep. They had all the confidence in the world, and they were firing on all cylinders. Now, Steph hadn’t played fantastically in games 1 and 2, but he did just enough that with every dribble of the ball, Steph had the Cleveland defenders shook. He was playing well enough for his team to have some confidence, and they took care of business. Suffice to say, the man was due for a breakout game. He was ready to lace up his kicks, and kick some Cleveland butt.
But therein was the problem. Steph laced up the wrong kicks. He walked out of the tunnel on Wednesday night in a nice white and blue pair of shoes, with the Under Armour logo on the side, and “I can do all things…” written on the outsole. It was just like a pair of his second signature shoe, the Curry 2. Except, it wasn’t.
Stephen Curry had put on a pair of the Curry 2.5.
And the rest was history. The Warriors got 30-pieced in Cleveland in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The series tilted to 2-1. And for Steph? How did he play? Well… how do you think? In 30 minutes, Steph scored just 19 points, had 6 turnovers, only 3 assists, grabbed one sole rebound and was -22 on the night. It was simply a terrible game from Steph.
Now, why would a player who has lit up this same exact team in the past suddenly not know how to play against them? It’s not like the Cavs signed a new magical Curry stopper. So what is it? What broke Steph?
The Curry 2.5 broke Steph. That’s the Curry stopper. That’s how the rest of the NBA can solve Stephen Curry. The once unguardable player has finally met his match. And it’s not a single player. Or a team. Nay, it is a pair of shoes. A despicable pair of shoes that Under Armour created to drive more profit. Steph Curry has found his kryptonite.
The facts don’t lie. They simply make Steph an inferior player.
Long live Stephen Curry and the Warriors. Down with the Under Armour Curry 2.5.