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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.