Warriors win. Riley Curry also wins.
Let’s face it, the 2015 NBA Playoffs were as much about Steph Curry’s mini-me as the Golden State Warriors’ unbeatable squad led by the 27-year-old MVP, Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. On Wednesday (June 17, 2015), the Warriors scored 105 points to beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to win Game 6 and the most respected prize in professional basketball.
But back to Riley.
Non-NBA fans first caught on to 2-year-old’s star power when she joined her father at a post-game press conference in mid-May, when the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. We all pretty much lost it when she delivered her first fake yawn and followed up with a fake sneeze.
Here are 12 golden (!) moments from Riley Curry’s playoff run:
When she muttered these now famous words.
When she “yawned.”
When she told the world “I Feel Blessed” via Big Sean and Drake.
When she walked out like no one was watching. (Everyone was watching).
When she briefly joined the Golden State cheer team and schooled the squad on how to properly hold a pom pom and look adorable.
When she did this pre-game ritual with her papa.
When she was so nervous to watch her dad at the free-throw line, she planted kisses on her grandpa instead.
When she was half awake to internalize her mom Ayesha’s words, ‘We’re gonna win the whole thing.’
When she threw one of her first “Dad you’re embarrassing me” looks after the Warriors beat the Cavs last night.
When she invited the Riley-bomb.
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— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) June 17, 2015
When she gave her dad the hug that he needed and deserved after a grueling Finals.
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When she joined her parents for the obligatory NBA championship tongues-out photo.
When she did this during Steph’s post-game photo shoot with the trophy:
See you next season, Riley.