Has Steph Curry ever been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs?
Did Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors, who play their ninth NBA playoff championship since his coming to the league, ever lose in the first round?
Steph Curry embarked on his NBA journey following a remarkable college career at Davidson. On June 25, 2009, the Golden State Warriors chose Curry as the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, and the history was his to be written.
Throughout his 14-year tenure in the league, Steph Curry has been adorned with many individual and team honors, with a remarkable pinnacle of securing four coveted NBA championship rings. Despite their unmatched success, the Warriors did encounter a couple of setbacks in their other nine playoff runs, with two heartbreaking losses in the NBA Finals, against the Cavaliers in 2016 and the Raptors in 2019. Additionally, they demonstrated their prowess by reaching the Conference semi-finals in 2013, where they clashed against the formidable San Antonio Spurs.
Their remaining playoff appearance was in the 2013-214 season, which finished in the Warriors’ first-round elimination against the Los Angeles Clippers.
During the 2013-2014 season, his fifth in the NBA, Curry showcased his prime skills by participating in 78 games as a starter. He achieved career-high averages of 24.0 points (ranking seventh in the NBA) and 8.5 assists (ranking fifth) while contributing 4.3 rebounds and 1.63 steals per game. Notably, Curry made history as the first player in Warriors franchise history to achieve an impressive season average of 24 points and eight assists, a feat accomplished by only nine players in NBA history. Additionally, he led the league in three-pointers made for the second consecutive season, registering a remarkable 261 successful attempts from beyond the arc.
The Warriors concluded the season with an impressive record of 51-31, marking only the fourth time in franchise history that they won more than 50 games. They finished a remarkable 20 games above .500, a feat not achieved in 22 years, and matched the 1991-92 team for the franchise’s record of 24 road wins. Despite facing challenges, the Warriors displayed their resilience by engaging in a fiercely contested seven-game series against the third-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs’ first round before concluding their 2013-2014 season.
Then, a tough trio of Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin steered the Clippers.
However, their playoff journey was halted in the subsequent round as they faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Conference semi-finals.