With the Golden State Warriors defeating the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday, Steph Curry is headed to his sixth NBA Finals. But this Western Conference Finals clincher was a little different.
For the first time, the NBA is Awarding a Conference Finals MVP Award. In the Eastern Conference, it’s the Larry Bird Trophy. In the Western Conference, it’s the Magic Johnson Trophy. Following Golden State’s series-clinching win, Curry was named the first-ever Magic Johnson Award winner.
— NBA (@NBA) May 27, 2022
Curry’s selection was unanimous.
When the announcement came in, the NBA World congratulated Curry for the award and also put his overall dominance into perspective.
Steph Curry is a top 10 all-time player
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) May 27, 2022
— Rick Barry (@Rick24Barry) May 27, 2022
Superstars w/ 6+ Finals appearances: Russell, Kareem, LeBron, Magic, West, Havlicek, Kobe, MJ, Shaq, Wilt, Cousy, Duncan, Elgin… Steph.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 27, 2022
Steph Curry won the first Kobe Bryant All Star Game MVP Trophy and Magic Johnson WCF MVP Trophy in the same year. You love to see it!!! pic.twitter.com/3HoVh0F6R4
— Humble 💜💛 (@HumbleChaudhry) May 27, 2022
WARDELL STEPHEN CURRY THE SECOND.
3x NBA champion
6x Conference Champion
1x All-Star Game MVP
1x Conference Finals MVP
— Vince (4-1, 4-2, 4-1) (@RingzSeason22) May 27, 2022
Curry didn’t have a particularly strong closeout game. He finished game five with only 15 points, shooting 5-for-17 from the field, 2-for-7 on threes, and 3-for-3 on free throws. Curry did dish out nine assists and hauled in three rebounds. His fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, more than picked up the scoring slack in Game 5.
For the series, though, Curry was the clear choice. he averaged 23.8 points per game while shooting 44.4% on field goals, 43.9% on three-pointers and 84% on free throws. Curry also averaged 7.4 assists and 6.6 rebounds a game.
There’s very little that Curry has not done in the NBA. But despite winning three NBA Finals, one title that’s been elusive thus far has been the NBA Finals MVP.
Finals MVP next pic.twitter.com/cIW6ovp8pz
— BballMuse (@CurryMuse) May 27, 2022
He’ll have an opportunity to add that trophy to his mantle this year, with the finals starting on June 2.