LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers will face the Golden State Warriors in the play-in tournament to define the first team that will go to the Western Conference playoffs. The Lakers seems to have the advantage over the Dubs but anything can happen here.
This is the best way to start the playoffs and both teams are looking forward to this matchup. James knows the Dubs won't be an easy rival, especially with Stephen Curry's sweet form.
The 2x NBA MVP has been on another level this season and he closed things out with a 46-point performance in front of direct rivals Memphis Grizzlies. Bron knows the job won't be easy, seeing how great Curry is playing right now.
“We’re playing versus, in my opinion, the MVP of our league this year in Steph,” James said. “We got to be prepared for everything they have. They have championship DNA.”
“Everybody counted him out this year,” James said of Curry. “Everybody saying, ‘Now that Klay is hurt, can Steph lead a team on his own? What is he going to do? Can he carry a team on his own? Can he carry a team into the postseason? Can he keep the team afloat?’ He’s done that and more.”
He went to say that the Warriors superstar is the MVP of the season in his opinion, although he wouldn't win the prize at the end of the season.
“If Steph is not on Golden State’s team, then what are we looking at?” James said. “We get caught up in the records sometimes and who has the best record as opposed to who had the best season that year. Steph has had, in my opinion, the best season all year.”
“Obviously, I don’t think Steph is going to get it because that’s another conversation in my eyes,” James said. “He’s played the best basketball year-round.”
Curry won his second scoring title this season, at age 33, tying Michael Jordan as the only player to win the scoring championship after turning 33.
Just like LeBron, more people believe Curry is the rightful winner of the coveted award. Ja Morant called him the MVP after his incredible display against his team.
Kendrick Perkins also discussed with his ESPN teammate Max Kellerman about Curry's status as the best player in the league right now.
Many fans and analysts believe Nikola Jokic will win the MVP this year. Still, others are convinced that Curry was the most valuable player in the league this season. If it wasn't for him, we'd be talking about the Warriors being a lottery team.
Still, nothing points out that he will get the award this campaign, although that would have been great to watch.