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'Game speaks for itself': Steph not worrying about MVP talk

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Steph Curry has been downright unconscious of late.

In his last eight games, the Warriors star is averaging 35.3 points per game while hitting 53 of 101 from beyond the arc. During the Warriors' four-game road trip to Texas, Curry scored 149 points and went 25-for-50 from distance. The hot streak continued Thursday night when Curry dropped 40 points and hit 10 3-pointers in the Warriors' win over the Orlando Magic at Chase Center.

Despite Curry's downright superhuman numbers, the three-time NBA champion isn't getting the MVP buzz he deserves, although it is building. Curry, for his two cents, isn't concerned about whether or not he's in the MVP conversation at the moment.

"The game speaks for itself," Curry told reporters after the win vs. the Magic. "Those two [MVP] years is the exact same kind of conversation. Obviously, that's an amazing accomplishment, and being in that conversation with all that we've been through these last two years, that means something. Those narratives make themselves as you go throughout the season, and my job is obviously just be at the level that I expect to be, and usually that means you're at the top at the end of the season.

"I really try not to get distracted by that because it kind of taints the moment. And really right now, if I'm doing my job, then I'll be there at the end of the season, and that will take care of itself."

 

During his unanimous MVP season, Curry averaged 30.1 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field, 45 percent from three and 91 percent from the line. In 26 games this season, Curry is averaging 30.0 points per game on 49/44/93 in those three categories.

Curry might not be one to pump his own tires, but coach Steve Kerr, who has said Curry is playing the "best basketball" of his career, certainly will.

"I think so," Kerr said when asked if Curry belongs in the MVP conversation. "How could he not be? He's otherworldly."

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To teammate Andrew Wiggins, Curry has been the best player in the league this season by far.

"What he does on the floor for us, you can't replace that at all," Wiggins said. "There's no one playing that kind of game right now. He's on his own level right now."

The thing keeping Curry from being mentioned alongside MVP frontrunners LeBron James, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo is that the Warriors currently are 14-12 and sit in eighth place in the Western Conference. Curry knows more wins will boost his MVP case.

"It always has and it always will," Curry said when asked if wins and losses play a factor. "You can always make judgments based on what you value and what you see and numbers and wins and losses and the eye test and all that type of stuff. It's kind of what makes the beauty of that award in general because everybody has a different take on what it means. Sometimes the goalposts do change, though, for sure. So it's just a matter of doing my job, and if that means people want to put me in that conversation or any of the other guys, then that's amazing. If not, it's not going to change how I approach the game."

If Curry maintains this level of play, two things are certain: The wins will keep coming and he'll be atop the MVP conversation when the season concludes.

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