DALLAS – If Golden State wins this year’s NBA title, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki noted that someone from the Warriors should be named Most Valuable Player of the Finals.
Regardless of what type of incredible numbers Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James rack up.
"I’ve always believed the MVP has to come from the winner,’’ said Nowitzki, who was the Finals’ MVP in 2011 when the Mavs won it all. "That’s how I’ve always viewed the MVP, even though like I say LeBron is playing (like he’s) from another planet and he’s single-handedly keeping the series close.’’
The only time the MVP of the NBA Finals was awarded to a player on the losing side of the series was in 1969. That’s when Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West captured the coveted trophy, despite his team losing in the Finals to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
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Warriors guard Stephen Curry and forward Andre Iguodala have made strong cases that they should earn this year’s MVP trophy if Golden State wins up winning its series against the Cavs.
"Steph has played amazing the last couple of games,’’ Nowitzki said. (Warriors coach) Steve Kerr said Iguodala was their best player in their first four games.
"He’s been phenomenal on both ends of the floor, so I’m sure you can find somebody from the Warriors (to get the MVP trophy to) if they pull through.’’