Report: Stephen Curry to Be Named MVP, But Doubtful for Game 4

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It's still not official, but sources—who might as well be middle-schoolers who watched a single basketball game this year—have apparently confirmed that Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will be named NBA MVP for the second consecutive year.

According to ESPN, sources say the league will make an announcement in the coming days.

Considering his offensive output increased from 23.8 points per game to 30.1 and his team went from 67 wins in 2015 to an NBA-record 73 victories this season, it was but a foregone conclusion Curry would repeat the award.

His 30.1 scoring average led the league, as did his 2.1 steals per game. He's the third played ever to lead the league in both, joining Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson.

The only thing left to discover is whether or not Curry wins the MVP unanimously, a feat that has never been achieved. Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron James came the closest to earning every voters' selection, each falling one vote shy in 2000 and 2013, respectively.






 

However, Curry's Warriors will likely have to play yet another game without the soon-to-be two-time MVP.

After the Warriors fell to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their second-round series, Curry practice for the first time on Sunday. Reserve guard Ian Clark defended him in 3-on-3 drills.

"Man, that guy," Clark said. "He looked good to me. He is so hard to guard."

But head coach Steve Kerr still labeled his star as doubtful to play in Game 4 on Monday night.

"Conditioning's going to be an issue," Kerr said. "But hopefully he can get more and more work, and we'll see how he comes up tomorrow in terms of getting a night of sleep coming off the workout. I would just say he's doubtful for tomorrow. But we're slowly but surely making progress."

The Warriors are up 2-1 in the series.