Stephen Curry believes the Golden State Warriors' title chances extend beyond this season.
"You bring up the age thing, which is something to discuss, but it doesn't really reflect how we approach this postseason journey...our confidence in what we can achieve going ahead," Curry said.
In the 2022 NBA Finals, the Warriors are deadlocked 2-2 with the Boston Celtics, seeking their fourth title in eight years. During this span, the team has won the Western Conference six times.
After losing to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals, it appeared as if the window had already closed.
Kevin Durant exited in free agency, while Curry and Klay Thompson were sidelined with injury as the Warriors finished 15-50 in 2019-20. In 2020-21, the team missed the playoffs for the second year in a row due to Thompson's Achilles tear.
With Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green all over 30, it didn't appear plausible that the squad would return to title contention.
In 2021-22, they finished 53-29 before going 12-4 in the first three playoff rounds, proving the naysayers wrong.
The team is now only two victories away from another championship.
Curry has undoubtedly demonstrated that he is not slowing down, capturing the scoring title in 2020-21 and carrying the team for much of this year. He is averaging 34.3 points per game in the NBA Finals
including a game-winning 43-point outburst in Game 4 despite suffering what appeared to be a significant foot injury at the end of Game 3.
Golden State could be a top contender again next year, with 27-year-old Andrew Wiggins blossoming into an All-Star this season and 22-year-old Jordan Poole emerging as a solid offensive weapon capable of taking over games.
If young players like James Wiseman, Moses Moody, and Jonathan Kuminga live up to expectations, the future will be even brighter.
The Celtics have a younger roster, but the Warriors aren't going anywhere anytime soon.