Golden State Warriors won the Western Conference Title and made it into the NBA finals for the 6th time with a similar core in the last eight seasons. Stephen Curry leading from the front won the inaugural WC Finals MVP award named after great Magic Johnson. The spoken off Lakers Legend reacts to Curry winning the award.
Dallas Mavericks did win game 4 at home, extending the conference finals series for 1 game at least. But the Warriors didn’t waste an opportunity to close the series in front of their home fans as Klay Thompson fired on all cylinders and Stephen Curry switched to a facilitator role for the team. Though Curry did not have a very high-scoring game, his performance in the postseason to date, guaranteed the Warriors a safe passage through the series. Recognizing his performance, Stephen Curry was named Western Conference Finals MVP award – named after west great Ervine Magic Johnson, a new honor league introduced this season. Johnson himself expressed delight over the winner of 1st ever WC MVP.
Magic Johnson, not present for the ceremony took the help of Twitter to congratulate Steph for winning the trophy. He wrote, “It’s really cool that the greatest shooter basketball has ever seen, a friend, future hall of famer, and great person, Stephen Curry won the first-ever Magic Johnson Western Conference Finals MVP award!! Congratulations!”
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Magic Johnson was one of the best point guards in the NBA history winning 5 titles with the Lakers and also 3 final MVP awards in the process. Stephen Curry will also go down in history as the greatest point guard to play the game of basketball, with the addition of efficient shooting. He also won 3 NBA titles but has yet to lay hands on Finals MVP Award.
With Andre Iguodala winning the 1st finals MVP award in 2015, Steph was waiting for his recognition, as Kevin Durant won back-to-back Finals MVP awards in all the Warrior’s championship runs.
But Steph won a mini version of it after winning Western Conference Title, defeating Dallas Mavericks in 5 games. The two-time regular season MVP was a dominant scorer and gave an all-around game against Dallas, averaging 23.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 7.4 assists in the series. He was 44% from beyond the arc across the series.
So it was perhaps fitting that Stephen Curry won the inaugural Magic Johnson Western Conference finals MVP award. From one legendary point guard to another, it could be a passing of a torch.
Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors “dynasty” roaring in the West
After poor 2 seasons in a row, Golden State Warriors were not considered a Championship contender team this term around. With Klay Thompson returning from the injury, uncertainty over the young talents, and Andrew Wiggins was just settling in while yet to reach his 20-point game potential – many analysts had Los Angeles Lakers, last season’s finalist Phoenix Suns, and even current seasons Conference finalists Dallas Mavericks ranked above the Warriors.
But Stephen Curry exploded offensively right from the start of the season, leading all NBA in scoring at one point in the season. Other pieces also fell in at the right places, and they finished up third in the West – due to some shaky late results.
In Playoffs Warriors hold off a strong challenge from reigning regular-season MVP Nikola Jokic and Denver Nuggets in 5 games and also young surging Memphis Grizzlies in 6 games. With that Golden State entered the Conference Finals against the highly confident Dallas Mavericks. But winning Game 3 at the American Airlines Arena, and keeping home court formidable, the Warriors advanced to the finals with a 4-1 series win over the Mavs.
Now that they will be waiting for winners between Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, and interestingly they would have home advantage over any of those opponents in the finals. Steph won the Kobe Bryant All-Star game MVP award this year and has a golden opportunity to win the Finals MVP award provided the Warriors win the title this year.