The NBA Finals MVP Award has ostensibly been bequeathed to the stand-out performer on the triumphant Finals teams — and once to Jerry West — since 1969. Three Golden State Warriors have had this award conferred upon them: Rick Barry, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant (twice). It does admittedly feel somewhat spiritually false that Stephen Curry has yet to manage one in five tries. Assuming the Warriors pull it out against the Boston Celtics, the sixth should be the year he wins it. He’s been amazing.
But quite honestly, the Finals MVP feels like such a monumentally unimportant afterthought to the bigger situation at hand. This is especially evident in the case of Stephen Curry, but beyond his somewhat notable situation with this award, who … really … cares? Not to imply that any award is inherently just or worthwhile, but NBA Finals MVP seems like an especially underwhelming coda to a story already concluded.