The Golden State Warriors' perfect season was ruined by a resurgent Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, but the signs were there throughout the playoffs that disaster was only an injury or two away.
For all the praise heaped on Kyrie Irving during the biggest series of the campaign, it was quite clear to see Stephen Curry was not operating at 100 percent.
Of course he wasn't at his best, but the knee and shoulder injuries he picked up in the series against the Houston Rockets stuck with him throughout the postseason.
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He did show signs of his old self, but could never piece it together on a regular basis. However, according to his trainer, after a rigorous offseason, the two-time MVP is the 'strongest he's ever been'.
He added: “You know, the injury he had, it wasn’t a bad injury. It just needed rest. That’s really all it was. It wasn’t like he was ever in jeopardy of having a procedure or anything like that. He just needed rest. So five weeks of rest was good.”
Curry has a lot to prove this year. The haters are circling the guard ready to pounce on his next major mistake. The only way he can prove them wrong is by coming back better than ever.