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Curry named NBA MVP for two years running

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Curry named NBA MVP for two years running

To nobody’s surprise, Golden State Warriors ace Steph Curry is named NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second year running, the 11th player to win back-to-back MVP awards.

Curry had returned from a sprained knee injury on Monday, scoring an NBA record of 17 points in overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers. He finished the game with 40 points as the Warriors rallied to a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semi-finals with a 132-125 victory.

As he hit a 3-point shot with 1:51 remaining in overtime Monday night, he emphatically said what fans in the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, already knew.

“I’m back!”

This was for the first time since he was injured in Game 4 of the first-round series against the Houston Rockets, and Curry was quite rusty for three quarters but a sensation down the stretch after the Warriors trailed by as much as 16 points.

He was originally expected to play about 25 minutes off the bench, but picked up a heavier workload in the second half after Shaun Livingston, who had been starting in his absence, got ejected in the second quarter after arguing a call and picking up two technical fouls.

The win also means that the Warriors can progressed through the series should they win in Game 5 on Wednesday night at home.

Curry claims his MVP award a day after the Warriors’s victory against the Blazers.

Curry claims his MVP award a day after the Warriors’s victory against the Blazers.

But his contribution in the game does not take the shine out of his MVP award the next day.

The point guard has also become the first ever player to become an unanimous MVP winner as he made a clean sweep of all 131 first-place votes, including 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the fan vote.

There are more than a few reasons for this. He made 402 3-pointers, shattering his single-season NBA record of 286, which he set last season. He also led his team to a record-setting 24-0 start, the best start yet by a margin of nine wins.

His team had also finished 73-9, the winningest record in NBA history, exceeding the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’s 72-10 record which many thought impossible to get one over.

Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard finished second in the voting with 634 points, while Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was third with 631 points.

Curry bernama NBA MVP selama dua tahun berjalan

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Untuk mengejutkan siapa pun, Golden State Warriors ace Steph Curry bernama NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) untuk tahun kedua berjalan, pemain 11 untuk memenangkan back-to-back penghargaan MVP.

Curry telah kembali dari cedera lutut terkilir pada hari Senin, mencetak rekor NBA dari 17 poin di lembur melawan Portland Trail Blazers. Dia mengakhiri pertandingan dengan 40 poin sebagai Warriors rally untuk memimpin 3-1 di Wilayah Barat semi-final dengan kemenangan 132-125.

Saat ia memukul tembakan 3-point dengan 1:51 tersisa di lembur Senin malam, ia dengan tegas mengatakan apa yang fans di Moda Pusat di Portland, Oregon, sudah tahu.

“Saya kembali!”

Ini adalah untuk pertama kalinya sejak dia terluka di Game 4 dari seri putaran pertama melawan Houston Rockets, dan Curry cukup berkarat untuk tiga perempat tapi sensasi menyusuri peregangan setelah Warriors tertinggal sebanyak 16 poin.

Dia awalnya diharapkan untuk bermain sekitar 25 menit dari bangku cadangan, tapi mengambil beban kerja yang lebih berat di babak kedua setelah Shaun Livingston, yang telah absen sejak, mendapat dikeluarkan pada kuartal kedua setelah berdebat panggilan dan mengambil dua teknis pelanggaran.

Kemenangan itu juga berarti bahwa Warriors dapat berkembang melalui seri harus mereka menang di Game 5 pada Rabu malam di rumah.

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Curry mengklaim penghargaan MVP nya sehari setelah kemenangan Warriors melawan Blazers.

Tapi kontribusinya dalam permainan tidak mengambil bersinar keluar dari MVP penghargaan itu pada hari berikutnya.

Point guard juga menjadi pemain pertama untuk menjadi pemenang MVP bulat saat ia menyapu bersih semua 131 suara tempat pertama, termasuk 130 dari panel wartawan dan penyiar olahraga dan satu dari suara kipas angin.

Ada lebih dari beberapa alasan untuk ini. Dia membuat 402 3-pointer, menghancurkan satu musim NBA rekornya dari 286, yang mengatur musim lalu. Dia juga memimpin timnya ke rekor 24-0 awal, awal terbaik belum dengan selisih sembilan kemenangan.

Timnya juga telah selesai 73-9, rekor winningest dalam sejarah NBA, melebihi 72-10 catatan 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls ini yang banyak pikiran tidak mungkin untuk mendapatkan satu di atas.

Sementara itu, San Antonio Spurs maju Kawhi Leonard selesai kedua dalam voting dengan 634 poin, sementara Cleveland Cavaliers maju LeBron James adalah ketiga dengan 631 poin.

Curry availability for Game 4 remains doubtful

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Curry availability for Game 4 remains doubtful

Golden State Warriors is unlikely to get a Stephen Curry boost against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their playoffs, says Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

“I would just say he’s doubtful but slowly and surely making progress,” Kerr said.

Curry has been out since Game 4 of the series against the Houston Rockets with a knee injury, and has returned to light practice sessions. He sprained his right MCL at the time as he slipped on a damp spot of the floor.

But thus far, the Warriors had exercised caution, easing him in on-court drills even though the team more than felt his absence in their 108-120 defeat at the hands of the Blazers.

So far, the Warriors lead the series by 2-1, but as playoffs go, they could not take anything for granted.

Kerr also insisted that Curry’s availability would depend on the player’s physical condition rather than the team’s needs.

“The trainers would have to tell me he’s good to go,” Kerr said. “Steph would have to say he’s good to go. And then we would have to figure out a plan from there.”

“He looked about like he looked yesterday, in terms of movement,” he added. “Conditioning is going to be an issue, but hopefully he can get more and more work in, and we’ll see how he comes up, in terms of a night of sleep coming off the workout.”

In the regular season, Curry had averaged at 30.1 points per game, but appeared in only two playoff games before his injury struck. The reigning MVP will then go through the team’s shootaround after which his status will be reevaluated.