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Fearing “Losing Mentality” Stephen Curry Addresses Warriors’ “Emotional Rollercoaster”

Published 11/19/2023, 12:56 AM EST

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The Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry had a bad night facing off against the Thunder. Chet Holmgren and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander handed the sixth straight loss to the Warriors. Andrew Wiggins had a splendid night leading with 31 points, but his 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining was no match for Holmgren’s game-tying shot from the deep.

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The overtime could have been utilized by the Golden State, but OKC won 13-6 to clinch the series in back-to-back wins. Talking about the mentally tiring losses, Steph Curry looks like he’s trying hard to keep a strong face.

Stephen Curry tries to stay strong despite the Warriors’ troubles


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Wiggs came through in tonight’s game, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to carry the Warriors on. The forced OT saw Gilgeous-Alexander score 10 of his near career-high 40 points. “Its an emotional rollercoaster,” Curry says of the game.

Holmgren, on the other hand, scored a season-high 36 points and also brought in 10 rebounds and five assists. It was quite a surprising turn of events, seeing that the Golden State dominated all throughout the first half and to the middle of the third quarter.


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But the fourth quarter saw the OKC go on a 22-6 run to close the gap by two points. And the rest was history. Curry was available for this game, putting up 25 points and dropping five 3s. The failure hit hard as it was the first game where Steph didn’t lead the game in scoring.

Not to mention, they were missing key players in Green and Payton II. “We think that shot from Wiggs would be enough to get us over the hump, but it wasn’t enough. So a very, very tough way to lose,” Curry added. It just goes on to emphasize how much the loss affected them. But Curry is no stranger to failure and has a foolproof way to get through them

Failure maketh the man – Steph learned that lesson early on

Though it looks like this loss has got to the team in more ways than one, but their superstar knows just the recipe to face it. And he gives all the credit to his parents Dell and Sonya Curry. Late in 2022, the 4x NBA champion recounts in an interview with Fatherly how his childhood prepared him for failures.

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“[My parents] created an environment where I learned early on how to respond to failure,” the father of three says. “I played on a 10-and-under AAU basketball when I was 9, so I was the youngest on the team. And there was a big moment in the national championship game where I missed a free throw to tie the game and the next one as well.


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So by missing those two free throws, we lost the game. My parents were very supportive of me during those moments. Even now, the emotions I experience when I think of that time are very tangible. And the power of that experience has helped me learn not to be afraid of failure.” We are sure that he has passed this on to his children.

And now, it’s time for Chef Curry to teach his mentally down teammates the power of failure. That failure was by no means the end of his career or aspirations. They only pushed him to work harder, and the result is the man we see today.

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As the Persian adage says, “This too shall pass”. It will be no time before the Warriors are back on their feet. But until then, they will have a lot of tapes to review and figure out where they went wrong. Hopefully, we can see a more rounded team in their next game against the Rockets.


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Written by:

Geisha Pulimoottil Don


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Geisha is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. Having years of experience as a content writer, she focuses on providing in-depth coverage of the basketball entities. The increased use of technology in studying the game and its intricacies intrigues her.
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Saumya Khanduja