NBA Champion With Stephen Curry and Co Receives Coveted Honor Years After Striking Gold

Published 01/07/2024, 9:05 PM EST

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While the experts and fans had written off the Golden State Warriors after Kevin Durant‘s exit, Stephen Curry led it to glory in 2022. Years after the magical season, a former Dubs player finally received his ring tonight from the franchise spearhead. The Dubs took on the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center, and ahead of the tip-off, Steph presented the ring to Otto Porter Jr., who served for the Warriors during the 2021-22 season.

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Following the 2019 Finals loss, the Warriors had reached one of the lowest points in the Kerr-Curry era. The team managed to win only 15 games in the following season. And the next season, they barely managed to stay afloat in the top 10 of the West. Fans and experts had already considered the Warriors finished. But, it all turned around in the 2021-22 season, as they silenced the NBA world with the 4th ring. And one of the players from the legendary roster finally received his ring tonight.

Otto Porter Jr. finally receives his ring

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The 6 ‘8 Otto Porter Jr. moved to the Dubs’ roster after having a brief stay with the Orlando Magic in 2021. He came in the exact season when the Warriors turned the odds in their favor.

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Porter Jr. played an important role, coming off the bench, averaging 8.2 points in his 63 games, and helped the side with his crucial buckets.

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Following the 2021-22 season, Porter Jr. got traded to the Raptors and unfortunately found himself amid constant injuries. He could only play 8 games in the last season. Now that he returned to his previous home, he finally received the ring.

Moments before the tip-off, Porter Jr. received the ring from Stephen Curry, amid a rousing Chase Center crowd. The former Dubs player took a close look at the ring and waved at the crowd, acknowledging their cheers.

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While the small ceremony before the tip-off brought back the glorious memory of the Dubs, the scenes after that weren’t great for the Bay Area side.

Raptors silenced the Dub Nation

The Chase Center produced a loud cheer when the Raptors player Otto Porter Jr. received his ring, but after that fans didn’t get any chance. The Raptors asserted their domination right from the word get-go. Notably, the visitors dropped 36 points with a 6-point lead and leveled it up to 40 points in the next quarter. This left the home side with a 27 deficit in the halftime.

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The Warriors bounced back in the third quarter with 38 points, reducing the deficit by 9 points. But it wasn’t enough to turn the tide as the Raptors took home a blowout 118-133 win.

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What do you make of the Warriors’ disappointing loss? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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