Stephen Curry was a unanimous choice for his second MVP after leading the Warriors to the best record in NBA history and the universe in three-point shooting. The announcement Tuesday, scheduled in advance, was fitting that it came a day after yet another ridiculous performance.
Curry missed six of eight games and played 38 minutes after suffering two injuries in the playoffs. The Warriors would been satisfied if he came off the bench Monday and scored 17 points in a Game Four victory over the Trail Blazers. Or if he had 23 points and played 25-30 minutes. He did both.
He scored 23 points to help Golden State come back from a 16-point deficit in regulation and added an NBA-record 17 points in overtime. He had 27 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. He played 36 minutes total and finished with 40 points after missing his first nine three-point attempts.
The Warriors need one more win to clinch the series, but it’s over. His message while walking toward the bench for a timeout after his scoring onslaught – “I’m back” – reverberated across the nation. Anyone watching him Tuesday would attest it never seemed like he left. It was unanimous.