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Warriors star Steph Curry says winning third NBA MVP 'would be special'

Warriors star Steph Curry says winning third NBA MVP 'would be special'

The last player to win at least three NBA MVP awards was LeBron James when he took home the trophy for the fourth time in the 2012-13 season. 

Steph Curry is ready to add to his trophy case. The Warriors star point guard came up short in his attempt to three-peat as an NBA champion last season, but he has a third MVP on his mind this year.

"At the end of the day, winning an MVP would be special," Curry said Tuesday to ESPN's Rachel Nichols on "The Jump." "And it's something that -- I've experienced before and would love to experience again.

"I'd love to push the envelope and push the limits a little bit."

Curry averaged 23.8 points and 7.7 assists per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the 3-point line in his first of two MVP seasons. He's averaged more points per game in every season since, and his 27.3 points per game last season were the second-highest of his career. 

With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson out for several months with a torn ACL, Curry is expected to see plenty of shots and could put up huge numbers. Curry was seen putting up shots late Monday night at the Warriors practice facility in San Francisco and seems locked in on silencing the Dubs' doubters. 

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"I always say, I'm playing like I'm the best player on the floor no matter what the situation is," Curry told Nichols. "That's my mentality. It might not mean I'm taking every shot, but that's the aggressiveness that I need to play with and the confidence I need to have." 

This will be a whole different Warriors team than in past years, but it could also be the return of MVP Steph.

Warriors vs. Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game online

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Warriors vs. Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game online

After a brief one-game hiatus, the Warriors and Lakers will start a three-game series to close out the preseason Monday night at Staples Center.

The Dubs and Lakers will play Monday, Wednesday and Friday to finish the exhibition season before the games start to count next week.

Monday's game won't have the star power the first meeting at Chase Center did, as both Anthony Davis and LeBron James will not play for the Lakers, while Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell will be no-gos for the Dubs.

Steph Curry will suit up Monday but will rest Wednesday.

Kevon Looney, who has been out with hamstring injury, also is not expected to play Monday.

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Here's how to watch the preseason opener online and on TV:

When: Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBA TV
Live Stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial!

Steve Kerr jabs Warriors over lack of rebounding during preseason play

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Steve Kerr jabs Warriors over lack of rebounding during preseason play

The preseason is a time to get back in the flow of things. A time for new teammates to jell and for coaching staffs to iron the kinks in their unit before the games begin to count.

Through two preseason games so far, Steve Kerr's Warriors have had some good (Steph Curry's 40-point outburst vs. the T-Wolves) and some bad (giving up 66 points in the paint to the Lakers), and there a number of things the Dubs need to fix as the season approaches. 

Kerr is concerned with one thing in particular as the Warriors prepare to play their third preseason game Monday against the Lakers: Rebounding.

The Warriors have been getting abused on the glass so far in exhibition play, ranking 36 out of 37 teams who have played in the preseason (30 NBA teams, seven international teams) in opponents offensive rebounds. Kerr jabbed his team over their lack of rebounding prior to the Dubs' game at Staples Center on Monday night.

"We got to rebound better," Kerr said, via The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "There's been 37 teams that have played exhibition basketball in the NBA so far -- 30 NBA teams plus seven international teams -- we're 36th in opponents offensive rebounds. So I told the guys that I'm confident if we box out better we can maybe catch Haifa and pass Haifa and hopefully maybe even get passed the Shanghai Sharks if we put it together for a couple games."

Savage shot from coach Kerr.

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In all seriousness, the Warriors do have some frontcourt questions to answer. Those were put on full display in their first matchup with the Lakers when Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee and LeBron James feasted in the paint.

Kevon Looney is expected to play big minutes at center when he gets healthy, but right now the Warriors are forced to play Omari Spellman (6-foot-9) and Marquese Chriss (6-foot-10) at center until Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein are ready to go. The Dubs are both thin and inexperienced up front and that will pose a problem when the games start to count.

Without a legitimate rim protector and board cleaner, the Warriors have been bullied inside early in the preseason.

Kerr knows that needs to change if the Dubs are to contend with both Haifa in the rebounding category and the Lakers and Clippers atop the Western Conference.