Last season was certainly historic for the Golden State Warriors, but it was also underwhelming.
After winning a record-setting 73 regular season games and dropping just nine, the 2015 NBA champions were fully expected to retain the Larry O'Brien trophy once again.
The warning signs were there when the Oklahoma City Thunder - led by now-Golden State man, Kevin Durant - took a 3-1 lead over them in the Western Conference Finals - but the Dubs dug deep and managed to advance to the NBA Finals in seven games.
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A meeting with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers ensued and the rest, as they say, is history.
The King would go on to produce one of the most astounding big stage performances in the history of basketball as he led both teams in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals to carry Cleveland to their first ever NBA championship and overturn a 3-1 deficit in the Finals for the first time ever.
Stephen Curry, on the other hand, appeared to shrink on the big stage, similar to what happened one year ago.
"I wasn't 100 percent, but who cares? I was playing," the reignin MVP told ESPN.com's Darren Rovell. "I was out there trying to help my team win and that's all that really matters. I've taken advantage of the summer to get right and I still have a little bit of work to go."
Curry was blighted with injuries during the playoffs, starting with an ankle problem that hampered his impact against the Houston Rockets in the first round, and then a sprained knee that he carried over into the second round with the Portland Trail Blazers.
It was evident that Curry was operating shy of his full capabilities, but he hadn't admitted as such until now. The injuries were clearly bothering him, and you can't be anything less than your absoloute best against a determined LeBron, that's for sure.