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Steph Curry throws shade at ESPN over their latest prediction

Stephen Curry during a playoff game

Jun 13, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gestures after defeating the Boston Celtics in game five of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There still appears to be no end in sight for Steph Curry’s revenge tour.

ESPN shared in a social media post this week that the Golden State Warriors are projected to finish eighth in the West this coming season according to one of their stat-based models. The model gave the Warriors an average expected win total of 41.9.

The reigning Finals MVP Curry quickly hit back at the post. “14% chance to win the Finals last year too,” Curry commented with a laughing emoji.

Indeed, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index gave Golden State just a 14 percent chance of defeating the Boston Celtics before the start of the 2022 Finals.

Curry raises a good point about how flawed these statistical models can be. There are so many variables, tangible and intangible, that can affect a team’s success even in just a single seven-game series against one other team. Thus, it is impossible to use numbers alone to accurately predict how a team will do relative to all the other 29 teams over the course of an 82-game season.

Of course, the four-time champion Curry is also a (deservedly) petty dude who enjoys rubbing it in whenever he proves people wrong. Earlier this offseason, Curry took another memorable shot at a notable NBA rival.


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