To say that Steph Curry is on a hot streak would be a complete understatement. He has been absolutely scorching on this ridiculous run. In a season where the Golden State Warriors have been plagued by injuries, Curry has thrown the team on his back and carried them to the NBA postseason. In addition, he’s been playing so insanely good that he has put himself in the NBA MVP conversation as well.
Steph Curry Can’t Stop Scoring
The scoring totals that Curry has accounted for over the last 6 weeks look like something out of a video game. Over his last 21 games, Curry has a total of 782 points, which is an average of more than 37 points per game. Of those 21 games, he has scored 30 or more points in 19 of them. Also, he has scored more than 40 points in seven of those games, including 53 points. Of course, the three-point shot is the signature of his game, and it has been on display during this stretch. He has made at least five triples in 17 of these 21 games, including five games with at least ten triples.
Warriors Playoff Push
The play of Steph Curry is the reason why the Golden State Warriors are going to make a postseason appearance this year. Unfortunately, the team has dealt with a ton of injuries this season, but that hasn’t been enough to keep Curry out of the playoffs. They have won 13 of the 21 games in this stretch including being victorious in eight of ten at home. This is important because if they can protect their home court, they are an extremely dangerous team in the Western Conference Playoffs.
In all likelihood, given the current standings and remaining schedule, the Warriors are going to be a part of the brand new play-in tournament. In this format, it is extremely important to be either the 7th or 8th seed rather than the 9th or 10th seed. This is because the higher seeds only need to win one game to advance, while the lower seeds need to win two games. Also, the higher seeded team will get the important home-court advantage.
With how tough they have been in their own arena, paired with the recent dominance of Steph Curry, they have a great shot to advance from this bracket, especially if they can hang on to one of the two higher seeds.
NBA MVP Race
According to the Draft Kings Sports Book, Curry currently has the third-best odds to win the NBA MVP award behind only Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid. Given how much time Embiid has missed this season due to injury, it would be pretty surprising if he somehow won the award. Jokic has been the front-runner for a large portion of this season, and rightfully so with all of his dynamic performances, but the recent surge by Curry makes him a true challenger to win it.
In addition to the mind-blowing scoring numbers on his current hot streak, Curry leads the entire NBA in points per game on the season. He has contributed elsewhere too, with per-game averages of 5.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals.
Besides Jokic, it’s nearly impossible to make a case that any other player has been as valuable as Steph Curry. Without him, the Warriors would be near the bottom of the Western Conference. His play has catapulted them into the playoffs and make them a scary matchup for whoever runs into them there. All of these factors make Curry a deserving candidate for NBA MVP.
Jokic is still the heavy favorite according to the odds, but this race is not over yet. Steph Curry is making a strong case for himself.