Although Golden State is no longer the dominant force that reached five straight NBA Finals, Warriors superstar Stephen Curry believes the team still has a target on its back every time it takes the floor.
"Draymond (Green) said it a little bit at halftime, we have to remember even when we're playing well, we won three in a row, teams still want to beat us and beat us bad," Curry said postgame, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell. "They still have a lot of memories from the last five, six years."
Even after Golden State tumbled to an NBA-worst 15-50 mark last season, Curry doesn't think opposing teams will forget the losses his club inflicted onto them anytime soon.
"Probably not," Curry said. "And that's a great thing because, hopefully, we'll be back where we plan to be. So, no."
It's been a bounce-back campaign for the Warriors. Golden State has already exceeded its win total from last season and sits eighth in the West despite the absence of Klay Thompson.
Curry has garnered MVP consideration with arguably his strongest campaign since he last won the honor. The seven-time All-Star entered Sunday's contest third among all players in scoring (29.9 points per game) and first in 3-point field goals made (162).
Meanwhile, Green has been a highly effective facilitator, averaging a career-high 8.7 dimes per contest.