The NBA announced its MVP through the week and not one person would have been surprised to see the magician, Steph Curry win back-to-back trophies. In fact, all 121 media judges voted him the game’s number one player; the first time that has happened in NBA history. Just a day earlier, Curry became the only player in NBA playoff history to score 17 points in overtime. In that game, Curry missed all of his first 10 three-point attempts to eventually find form in the fourth quarter and finish the match with 40 points as Golden State raced to a 3-1 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to Curry’s incredible late burst, the likes of Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Australia’s Andrew Bogut held the fort.
With Toronto and Miami tied at two apiece in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers’ second consecutive 4-0 playoffs win means they await the series winner between the Raptors and Heat. This week, Cleveland completed the rout of Atlanta 4-0.
Back in the Western Conference Playoffs, the Thunder shot out to a 3-2 series lead against the Spurs after winning game five by four points at San Antonio’s AT&T Center. Australia’s Patty Mills scored four points in his limited minutes for the home team, but it was the brilliance of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for the Thunder who reversed a fourth quarter deficit to score an unlikely win. Ominously for the Spurs, the away team only has a 16 per cent win rate on the road when trailing a playoffs series 3-2.
With game six to take place in Oklahoma, the Spurs will need their incredible contingent of NBA talent to shine to stand any chance of taking the series to a decider, which will be held at the Spurs’ home base.
Thursday, May 12, 12:30pm (AEST) @ Oracle Arena, California
Friday, May 13, 10:00am (AEST) @ Chesapeake Arena, Oklahoma