The Golden State Warriors must be in a world of pain right now after chucking away a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals - following a record-setting 73-win season - to succumb to the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-89 in game seven and miss out on a second successive NBA title.
Naturally, all of their stars were feeling the pain in the aftermath of the loss, made much worse by the fact they had to watch the Cavaliers lift the Larry O'Brien trophy on their home floor.
Stephen Curry had another shaky outing in game seven to typify the kind of series he had. He managed 17 points in the affair, but could only sink four of his 14 attempted three-pointers.
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"It hurts, man," Curry said after the game. "I mean, that's all I'm really kind of marinating on right now."
When asked if the sprained knee he suffered against the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs had affected his performance in the Finals, Curry refused to use that as an excuse.
"I'm fine. I mean, I have three months to obviously get ready for next season. I won't get injured celebrating tonight, I can tell you that much."
His Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, could not explain how the Warriors did not close out the Finals from their commanding position at 3-1.
"I mean, I don't know. 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."
The shooting guard was then asked if he could explain why the Warriors backcourt failed to exert the usual influence they do on proceedings in the final games of the series, to which he had a similar response.
"I really can't. I'm sorry."
Draymond Green - who managed a game-high 32 points in addition to 15 rebounds and 9 assists - feels his suspension for game five played a pivotal role swinging the series in Cleveland's favour.
"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."
Curry, however, claims the Warriors will use this feeling as fuel for next season when they are sure to return stronger than ever.
"It's not a good feeling, like I said," 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."