Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has been recognised as the Most Valuable Player of the Western Conference finals and awarded Magic Johnson Award following his team’s five-game series victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Curry became the first trophy recipient after the league announced the award earlier this season, being named after Larry Bird.
Stephen Curry played a dominating all-around game against Dallas, averaging 23.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 7.4 assists while shooting 44 per cent from beyond the arc across the series. As Stephen Curry was named the inaugural Most Valuable Player of the Western Conference finals, Draymond Green gave the Golden State Warriors star a bearhug, lifting him and screaming.
“The new trophy is pretty cool. Especially with who it’s named after, the standard that Magic set in terms of being a champion and playing the point guard position, whatever position he played. Just the excellence that he demonstrated throughout his entire career,” said Curry after lifting the trophy.
Drawing a lot of Dallas’ defensive attention, Curry finished Game 5 with 15 points and nine assists. He had an all-around performance in the Western Conference finals. The recognition of Curry for his remarkable performance invoked many reactions on social media.
Check out a few interesting tweets here:
Western Conference Finals MVP pic.twitter.com/3gd1TikMRA
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 27, 2022
Another angle of the✨Crowning Moment ✨@StephenCurry30!
— NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) May 27, 2022
I’ve watched this at least 3 times and on the verge of tears!! I love this team so much!! I have to personally thank you @StephenCurry30 for bringing back my love of the game 🏀! I had lost it, but when you came on the scene, it came back! Keep pushing, we’re not done yet! 💯💯 https://t.co/2Q36wlN7JI
— Ian T. (@I_Teezy06) May 27, 2022
Stephen Curry is your Western Conference Finals MVP 🏆 pic.twitter.com/UNUXdUIMFD
— Steven Candelaria (@StevoCandelaria) May 27, 2022
A Legend.. a true Champ.. Heroes are never defeated, they are always victorious in the hearts of believers pic.twitter.com/z9ozWdrwV7
— المستشار (@AlKa2ed_) May 27, 2022
Just have to invest in the greatness that is Stephen Curry pic.twitter.com/NjSS0YSnzE
— Drunken Observer (@DrvnkenObserver) May 27, 2022
Stephen Curry might be the most acutely articulate pro athlete in the history of pro sports. His analysis of these Warriors and this postseason run on the TNT postgame was phenomenal. He is an absolute wonder in every respect.
— Carl Steward (@stewardsfolly) May 27, 2022
Only one player on the whole NBA Top 75 list made the Conference Finals: Stephen Curry. pic.twitter.com/F3byvqvk9h
— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) May 17, 2022
Speaking of Curry, Steve Kerr termed Curry as the engine of the Warriors and shared that everything revolves around him. “It all starts with Steph. He creates so much havoc for the defence that even on a night like tonight where he doesn’t shoot the ball that well, he forces rotations and frees up other players,” said Kerr.
After making five straight Finals from 2014-15 to 2018-19 and winning three champions, Golden State missed the playoffs for two consecutive seasons. Curry missed 60 games during the 2019-20 season.