Does the lack of a Finals MVP gnaw at Steph Curry? ‘That narrative is gonna take life'


Steph Curry has won two regular season MVPs.

In 2016, he became the first unanimous winner in NBA history.

But he doesn't have a Finals MVP on his resume.

On Wednesday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic asked Curry the following question:

"The lack of a Finals MVP, has that ever gnawed at you -- even in the summer time -- and how much of a storyline do you expect that to be potentially be as the series goes on?"

Curry's response:

"Well, it took to the second question of my first media availability, so I'm pretty sure that narrative is gonna take life, as it has since 2015. But it doesn't make or break my career or whatever you want to say looking back if we win this championship and I don't win Finals MVP --- I'm gonna be smiling just as wide and just as big.

"But I'm going to play aggressively, confidently -- with that right energy and motivation to help my team win. And usually when I'm in that mindset good things happen. Whether that means it's a Finals MVP or not, who cares. But I'm going to be playing like it for sure."

In 2015, Curry averaged 26 points, 6.3 assists (plus 4.7 turnovers), 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals, while 44.3 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In Game 2, he went 5-for-23 from the field (including 2-for-15 from 3-point range) and turned the ball over six times.

Andre Iguodala captured Finals MVP by averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals. He shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and was the primary defender on LeBron James.

In 2016, the Warriors did not win the championship.

Last year, Curry averaged 26.8 points, 9.4 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals, while shooting 44 percent overall and just under 39 percent from 3-point territory.

Kevin Durant was named Finals MVP (deservedly so) after racking up 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals per night. He shot over 55 percent from the field and over 47 percent from distance.

So is the lack of a Finals MVP more of a storyline for the people close to Curry?

"Not even people close to me," Curry answered. "That's kind of the nature of the beast being on this stage four times in a row. You always gotta look for what you don't have. There's always that thing about society that's always looking can you attain more, and more and more.

"That's fine -- that's part of the beast, that's part of my motivation to try to get back to this stage because I want more championships. But I've never really highlighted the individual (award)."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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