There are so many unforgettable moments from Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. First, there was LeBron’s incomprehensible chase-down block on Andre Iguodala, which was soon followed by Kyrie Irving’s dagger three-pointer with under a minute to go to seal the Cavs’ historic 3-1 comeback and deliver the city of Cleveland its first championship in more than 50 years.
Sometimes lost in the mix is a certain defensive sequence where Kevin Love played such tight, disciplined defense on Steph Curry late in the fourth quarter that he forced the Warriors’ sharpshooter into missing an off-balance three that could’ve made a difference in the outcome of the series.
But if you ask Love, the former All-Star has mixed feelings about it. Last month, he expressed his ambivalence about in an interview with GQ, calling it “a poor defensive sequence” and explaining that he and the Cavs should’ve never allowed Curry to get the ball back after initially forcing it out of his hands earlier in the possession.
Hindsight being what it is, Curry himself recently spoke about the play, saying that he could’ve “easily” taken Love off the dribble and gone to the basket for an easy two. Love disagrees, but instead of saying that, the Cavs’ All-Star big man turned to sarcasm.
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) June 4, 2019
All of this is a moot point, of course, but it’s clearly something that still haunts Curry. Regardless, he and the rest of the banged-up Warriors are currently tasked with a two-game home stand, where they have an opportunity to seize control of this Finals series when Game 3 tips off Wednesday at Oracle Arena.