Stephen Curry

GSW: Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry’s Impact After Kevin Durant’s Injury

Apr 24, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) look on from the court in the first half of game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors’ quest for another championship this season was almost derailed on February 28th when Kevin Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise. This ended up being one of the biggest blessings in disguise for Stephen Curry and the Warriors this season.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors Witness the Stephen Curry Effect

Dec 30, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors injured guard Stephen Curry (30) before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 30, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors injured guard Stephen Curry (30) before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time this season, the Golden State Warriors played a game without their superstar, Stephen Curry, and it was not a pleasant sight.

Curry is currently sidelined with a bruised lower left leg. The Warriors lost their second game of the season last night to the Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 114-91. Not only did they lose though, they were dominated and didn’t even look like the same team that has gotten off to the best start in NBA history.

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GSW: Stephen Curry Named Player of the Week, but Is He Best Player in NBA?

Nov 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

There is currently a debate going on in NBA culture about who is currently the best player in the NBA. The leading candidates for this honor, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, were both named Players of the Week for their respective conferences for the week of Monday, November 16th through Sunday, November 22nd.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors: Who Is Most Important Player After Curry?

October 5, 2015; San Jose, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) high-fives guard Stephen Curry (30, center) as interim head coach Luke Walton looks on during the fourth quarter in a preseason game against the Toronto Raptors at SAP Center. The Warriors defeated the Raptors 95-87. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

October 5, 2015; San Jose, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) high-fives guard Stephen Curry (30, center) as interim head coach Luke Walton looks on during the fourth quarter in a preseason game against the Toronto Raptors at SAP Center. The Warriors defeated the Raptors 95-87. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

So far this season, all the talk surrounding the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors has been about reigning MVP Stephen Curry. He was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the first week of the season, after putting up averages of 39.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in 33 minutes per game in the first three games of the season.

Curry has already made a statement for why he could win MVP again this season, and given the fact that he’s the best player on the team and arguably the best player in the league, he will always be the Warriors’ go-to scorer and their leader.

In terms of the offense, Klay Thompson is most likely the Warriors’ secondary scorer behind Curry, but is Thompson truly the Warriors’ x-factor? The Warriors are a team that can win games even when one or two key players are struggling, and the x-factor could even change night to night, depending on matchups and which player is on a hot streak at the time.

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GSW: Stephen Curry: Most Valuable (and Humble) Player

May 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry with the 2014-2015 NBA Most Valuable Player trophy at the Oakland Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

May 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry with the 2014-2015 NBA Most Valuable Player trophy at the Oakland Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Best shooter in the NBA. Face of the Golden State Warriors franchise. Baby-faced assassin. In addition to these titles, Stephen Curry can now add another one to his résumé: MVP.

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GSW: Is Stephen Curry MVP? Mark Jackson, Anthony Davis Wouldn’t Vote for Him

Mar 24, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during national anthem before a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 24, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during national anthem before a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry is one of the leading candidates in the MVP race. Curry is averaging 23.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 2.1 steals per game on 48.3 percent shooting from the field, 43.4 percent shooting from three-point range, and 91.8 percent free throw shooting. In addition, Curry is the best player on the best team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors.

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GSW: Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors Focus on Wins, Not MVP Race

Mar 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles between plays against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles between plays against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have a lot to boast about right now.

Curry is the leading MVP candidate, the Warriors have the second best record in the NBA right now at 48-12 (which is the best record they’ve had in franchise history through 60 games), they have the best home record in the NBA at 26-2, they have won 48 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons, and they have 34 double-digit wins this season, which is a franchise record.

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