No worries for Curry, after failing to capture Finals MVP anew
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 09, 2018 02:49 PM
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks during a news conference after the Warriors won the NBA championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers, early Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of the finals. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Stephen Curry is not going to lose any sleep after failing to be named Finals MVP anew, in his third time to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy.
Curry closed out Game 4 of the 2018 Finals with a team-best 37 points (12-of-27 from the field, 7-of-15 on three's), six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and three blocks. Over the four games of the series, he averaged 27.5 points (40.2 FG%, 41.5 3FG%), 6.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.5 steals, numbers dampened a bit by a poor Game 3, where he shot only 3-of-16 from the field for 11 points.
Instead of Curry, the award once again went to teammate Kevin Durant, making him a back-to-back Finals MVP, becoming just the 11th player to win the award twice.
In 2015, it was Andre Iguodala who took home the honors.
None of that worries the two-time MVP though.
"I mean, individual accolades never - they're awesome and when you get validation of all the hard work that you put into it, yeah, there is a sense of pride around those things. But when it comes to me looking at myself in the mirror after every game, after every season, and know I played my best - or I should say I gave my best effort and had the right intentions and really appreciated every day that I got to play - and I can go in the locker room right now and look at every one of my teammates in the face and have that sense of pride of what I was able to do out there on the floor and how I can help my team win a championship, that's all that matters to me," Curry said in the postgame press conference.
"KD's been amazing these last two years, especially in The Finals, and so deserving of back-to-back Finals MVPs. I'm going to be his biggest fan in there with what he's able to do. I think the biggest thing we appreciate in the locker room is, again, what everybody brings to the table and we kind of unlock the greatness out of each other."
When asked about chasing the Finals MVP award anew, should the Warriors go the distance again, Curry also demurred. "I guess if I get another opportunity next year to come back into the Finals, I'm going to have the same attitude about winning a championship and whatever happens, happens," he said. "At the end of the day it's not going to define my career. I've done a lot and accomplished a lot and done it with some great teammates."
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr agreed with his point guard, saying "I'm sure it would have been nice for Steph to win the MVP, but honestly, I don't think he's that disappointed at this point. One of the great things about having the talent around him is that he gets to win championships. Two years ago we lost, and in Game 7 to Cleveland, and that was devastating. Steph went out and recruited KD with this in mind, winning titles. I was there in the Hamptons when we had that discussion. I don't remember anybody asking who is going to win MVP in the Finals. It was all about let's win championships together, and that's what this is about."
Durant put the nail in the conversation himself when he told reporters, "Does it matter? We won two championships. We just won back-to-back. I don't think anybody's even worried about that type of stuff.
"We were able to finish the series off. That's the only thing that matters to us."