As the Golden State Warriors gear up for their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals, many analysts believe that should the team achieve a historic three-peat, it will be time for Stephen Curry to be crowned Finals MVP.
Despite playing a key role in three NBA championships, the two-time regular season MVP has yet to cop that accomplishment, with Andre Iguodala winning it in 2015, and Kevin Durant capturing it back-to-back in 2017 and 2018.
And while it's likely that with Durant out for the foreseeable future, Curry will continue to play a big role in what the Warriors will do against the Toronto Raptors, the former seventh overall pick in the 2009 Draft still has it taking a backseat to the Larry O'Brien trophy.
"I mean at the end of the day, that's like secondary to that you win or you lose," Curry told reporters on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). "It's a special award that everybody wants to get, including myself. But at the end of the day, first thing I do is look up and see did you win or lose, and everybody that has a part in that feels pride about what you accomplished.
"Don't get me wrong, I play to play my best and to do what I need to do to help my team win, and that's never going to change. [I've] got to win and then let the rest take care of itself."
In 2015, Iguodala won Finals MVP largely due to his defense on LeBron James, then with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As for Durant, it's largely due to him outplaying James 1-on-1, and hitting some clutch baskets, the go-ahead three-pointer in Game 3 of 2017, and a dagger triple in Game 3 of 2018, that got him those plumes.
Curry is often cited for accepting a reduced role on offense, sacrificing touches in favor of Durant. Speaking to that, Curry said, "That's just nitpicking at the end of the day, if I really want to cause a hissy-fit about not winning the Finals MVP with all that we've experienced and all the highs that we've been to. Like I sad, when he [Durant] won the last two, he deserved both of them. He played amazing, such consistent basketball at a high level.
"Do I feel like we win a championship without myself or with what Draymond [Green] did or Andre [Iguodala] did? No. Like I said, everybody has a part in what we do, and whoever wins it this year, it's the same vibe. I could go out and average 50, but without the contributions and the effort and the focus of everybody that steps foot on the floor, we're not putting banners up."
The Warriors will travel to Toronto, with Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals tipping off on Friday (PHL time).