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Curry's unlikely dominance leads to unlikely MVP

It doesn't make intuitive sense that a player his size can impose his will on the NBA, but that's just what Stephen Curry did to win the MVP.

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The Grizzlies sorely miss the decision-making of Mike Conley and if their leader doesn't make a quick recovery, they could be in for a short series.

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Warriors cruise past short-handed Grizzlies in Game 1 (1:07)

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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

In 2011-12, Stephen Curry played just 26 games (started 23) and averaged 28.2 minutes and 14.7 points per game. In 2014-15, he won MVP.

Curry wins MVP with 23.8 PPG

Magic Johnson just edged him for the best scoring average by a point guard on a 65-win team. He led the '86-87 Lakers with 23.9 PPG. Magic went on to win the MVP and Finals MVP that season.

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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Curry beat Harden by 236 votes. Recent MVPs that were closer: '12 LeBron>KD 185 '08 Kobe>CP 216 '07 Dirk>Nash 125 '05Nash>Shaq 34

MVP Voting results

Stephen Curry received 100 of 130 potential 1st-place votes for MVP. James Harden finished 2nd and had 25 first-place votes. LeBron James finished 3rd with the other 5 first-place votes.

  • 4th: Russell Westbrook
  • 5th: Anthony Davis
  • 6th: Chris Paul

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Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

LeBron congratulates Steph Curry on MVP. "Great to see another kid born in Akron win MVP." Both were born in same hospital.

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

FWIW, there are an abundance of argument in Curry's favor beyond GSW's W-L, even though that's the direction this conversation is taking.

Antonio Davis: Curry as MVP is correct

"When you watch this young man play, he affects every single thing that's going on in the game. ... He's effective, he's entertaining and all he does leads to success of their team."

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If Bulls don't beat Cavs now, then when?

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LeBron ditched headband for teammates

LeBron James gave up his trademark back in March and hasn't worn it since. He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "I did it because I just wanted to look like my teammates. Just wanted to be one. Nothing more than that."

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Sources: Curry to win MVP

Stephen Curry will be named the 2014-15 NBA MVP today, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein, confirming a CSN Bay Area report. Curry will be the first Warriors player to win the award since Wilt Chamberlain in 1959-60. Curry by the numbers

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Jason Terry has hamstring issues, too

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Allen booed relentlessly after mistake

Grizzlies G Tony Allen didn't realize he was walking through a child's dance performance in the Grizzlies-Warriors game Sunday -- and the Golden State fans definitely didn't give him the benefit of the doubt.

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