Even as he sits sidelined following a knee sprain suffered in an April playoff game against the Houston Rockets, Steph Curry has reason to celebrate. According to ESPN, the Golden State Warrior is set to be named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second season in a row. Sources told the network that the announcement will be made in the next several days, and likely not before tonight's game against the Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, SB Nation reports that it is "doubtful" Curry will be medically cleared to play in tonight's playoff game.
The MVP award of course comes on the heels of the Warrior's record breaking season, with Curry in particular dropping jaws. The point guard hit 402 3-pointers in the regular season, shot over 50 percent from the floor, and made over 45 percent of his attempted 3-pointers. As for the back-to-back honors, according to ESPN, Curry is the 11th player to ever be awarded MVP in two consecutive years.
While he's likely still sidelined tonight, the Bay Area News Group expects him to be playing in game five against the Blazers on Wednesday. If correct, his speedy recovery may in part be thanks to an experimental treatment called platelet-rich plasma therapy. Fox Sports explains that PRP "is the process of taking growth factors from a patient's own blood and concentrating them before injecting them back into the body." Sounds futuristic.
A Wednesday return would be a sweet sight for Warriors fans, especially considering that the game is set to be played in Oakland. Curry's return cannot come soon enough for Dub Nation, as Saturday's game three 108 to 120 loss against Portland reminded everyone just how important the to-be-named MVP is to his team.
Fingers crossed he'll be healthy and back on the court soon. To tide us over until that time, however, here's a sweet video of him sinking a three from a hoverboard:
Update: Curry may have healed faster than initially thought, with the Warriors now saying his playing in tonight's game is "questionable," as opposed to the previous "doubtful."
Update from Coach Kerr at shootaround: Stephen Curry is listed as questionable for Game 4 tonight at Portland.— WarriorsPR (@WarriorsPR) May 9, 2016