Damian Lillard abordou a possibilidade de Steph Curry ganhar o prémio de MVP e explicou o porquê de achar que não será possível.
Lillard concorda com a excelente época que Curry teve, em termos pessoais, mas explica o porquê de achar que não irá vencer o prémio.
“I think Steph has had a great season. Obviously, there has to be a conversation about him being in the conversation,” Lillard said. “But I don’t think he wins it. At the eight seed, I just don’t see how that works. Last year, it was people like (ESPN’s) Stephen A. (Smith saying) ‘Man, I love what Dame is doing but he can’t be the MVP because they’re the eighth seed.’ You know what I’m saying? But last year, I averaged 30 points and eight assists on 46 (percent) from the field, 40 from the three-point line and 90 from free throw (it was actually 88.8). But last year, they’re like, ‘Man, we can’t consider him an MVP because they’re the eighth seed.’ And now it’s like it’s ok.
“For me, that’s the way that I’m looking at it. (Curry) is definitely in the conversation. There’s no way that you don’t have him in the conversation. But I think when you really look at it, and you see that Jokic has played in every game and he’s dominated the way he has, they’ve had injuries with so many guys out and missed games and he’s kept them rolling. He’s kept them where they are. And Embiid has missed a lot of games. And even when he got hurt, they just kept going, you know? So I would say Jokic. But yeah, I’m not going into the series worried about injuries or nothing. They’re still a great team. We’re going to have our hands full either way.”
Lillard vê a situação de Curry muito semelhante à dele no ano passado, excelentes marcas pessoais na época, onde quase carregam a equipa às costas, mas devido à classificação das mesmas, não conseguem vencer o prémio de MVP. Curry vai estar nas coagitações para o prémio, visto que está no Top 3 que foi lançado ontem pela NBA, mas Lillard acredita que será Nikola Jokic o vencedor, pois foi o jogador mais regular ao longo da temporada, dominou o jogo, sem lesões e conduziu a equipa a uma excelente posição na tabela da época regular.