*Look for Stephen “Steph” Curry to be named the NBA’s MVP for the 2nd year in a row. The announcement could come as early as today.
Curry will be the 11th player in the history of the sport to be named MVP for two consecutive years, according to ESPN. The last player to do so was LeBron James in 2012 and 2013.
Of course it’s easy to make a case for Curry being the MVP for the second year in a row based off the Warriors’ record breaking and history making season alone. But after last night’s overtime win over Portland and his 40 point performance – in his return to action after missing almost two weeks because of a knee injury – there’s no doubt that he’s the right pick … again.
“He’s the first player in league history at any position to average 30 points per game in less than 35 minutes per game over the course of a full season. Curry also shattered his single-season NBA record for made 3-pointers with 402 — his previous record was 286 last season — while joining Steve Nash and his coach, Steve Kerr, as the only players in league history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 45 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line in a single season,” reports ESPN.
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Getting back to his incredible showing Monday night against Portland, Curry came off the bench to score 17 of his 40 points in the extra period as the Warriors put away the Trail Blazers 132-125 in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The Warriors took a 3-1 lead in the series and can close it out with a win in Game 5 on Wednesday in Oakland, where Curry is soon expected to be crowned the MVP for a second straight season.
The Warriors set two new records for the 2015-2016 NBA season. The team had the best start of any team with 24 wins and zero losses, and more recently, broke the ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls record for the most wins in a single season. This season, the Warriors record was 73-9.
Congrats to Steph and the Warriors.