MVP Curry and his Warriors teammates move closer to goal

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And there were bruises, blood spills and bandages all over the place, even on the lead referee. The Warriors needed that in a frantic Game 5. Coming off a MCL injury, Curry played hero in overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers. Thompson also scored 33 points as Warriors won, 125-121, to advance to the conference finals.

But what a test in the second round-the final four games were everything the Warriors could handle, all the way down to the wire Wednesday. It just so happens Stephen Curry also plays on their team. Andrew Bogut left the game with a hamstring injury.

One of the best parts of this mix is watching an even younger-looking Steph do his flame-throwing routine before he became the world-conquering force he is today. Varejao really shouldn't be getting minutes in the playoffs unless the Warriors have a double-digit lead and the time remaining on the clock is single digits. "You can work every day to get better".

Curry, now one of the most recognizable and popular athletes worldwide, was presented with his MVP trophy at Oracle Arena before trying to close out the series against the Trail Blazers at home Wednesday night.

Which they did, but it was the furthest thing from easy, and there was a toll. He doesn't always make shots, but he's always contributing.

Based on overall sales from adidas and the NBAStore for the 2015-16 regular season, Warriors back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry ranked first in the league for the NBA's most popular jersey with the Warriors ranking first in most popular team merchandise during that same period. "Then the way Steph finished the game, that step-back shot to put it to a five- point lead, was probably a shot only he can make".

As for the Warriors, now they wait. If Oklahoma City wins Game 6 versus San Antonio the Western conference finals starts Monday in Oakland. The Warriors spent most of the last two games playing from behind, but in each case their team defense ultimately helped them get over the hump and take a late-game lead. Kerr played 11 different players, while Blazers coach Terry Stotts played only nine. And that says a lot about his growth as a player. "We've been aggressive these past two series and shots just weren't dropping for us".

More than anything, they didn't want that. The opponents have to hope Curry will miss or the Warriors will have a defensive lapse. He thought he had one knocked down, but instead a long rebound was tipped out to Leandro Barbosa.

A break for the Golden State Warriors could not have come at a better time.

That's what they did-barely, and they will have to reconvene with medical personal this week to see about the after-effects. They combined for 58 points last game and the Thunder offense has understandably clicked when both have been on the court this season.

The Warriors lost only once over five games, but they were outscored in 11 of 20 quarters in regulation. He's a player that has taken a team to an unprecedented record and a championship, and he deserves all the accolades he gets, but in terms of value to a league, I think LeBron is the face of this league just as Michael Jordan was. The Warriors hit 69 threes in the series, the Blazers hit 66.

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