Following the Golden State Warriors' recent loss to the Boston Celtics, Stephen Curry made a prediction that the two teams could potentially meet in the NBA Finals.
“It’s very, very likely, right?” Curry said. “They’re playing the best right now in the East and obviously until they beat Cleveland, whose done it three years in a row — so we’ll see, but I hear the weather is great here in June.”
The two-time MVP made headlines with these comments that seemed to suggest that the Cavaliers' reign in the Eastern Conference may be coming to an end.
But following the Warriors' 124-116 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, the point guard clarified his comments and was not happy that his words were taken out of context.
“You can literally take one line of what I say “very very likely,” but read the whole comment,” Curry said, per Mark Medina of the Mercury News.
“I hate when that happens. I stand here and talk for 45 seconds about that question and you want to take five words that put the Boston Celtics in the Finals. That’s the hype beat. I’ll be more specific next time with how I see the future and who I will see in the Finals. Even us, whatever.”
As usual, Curry remained professional in his tone but it was clear that he was annoyed by the situation as he normally speaks to reporters with ease and generally in a playful mood.
But as one of the highest-profile players in the league playing for the best team, it's no surprise that Steph's words quickly did the rounds and were heavily debated across social media.
The four-time All-Star admitted that the reaction it received did frustrate him.
“Yeah, it did. Obviously it’s a question about Boston’s chances and how well they’ve been playing,” Curry said. “I literally said, ‘They have to beat Cleveland and Cleveland has been there three times in a row.’
"Obviously I made a joke. I haven’t been in Boston in the summer in a while. It’s probably nice weather. But the video is going crazy. So watch the whole video and the whole comment. You’ll get it right.”
Despite claiming to be joking, the 28-yeard-old understands the current winning streak the Celtics are on and knows there is every chance they could overcome the Cavs.
Boston has won 15 straight games but there is still a long way to go in the season before predictions can be made about the teams squaring off for the Larry O'Brien trophy in June.