Durant won the NBA Finals MVP award in 2017 and 2018 and while Andre Iguodala earned the honor in the 2015 NBA Finals.
The Warriors just confirmed that KD will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals while DeMarcus Cousins is listed as questionable. Both players continued to make good progress with their rehabilitation but Durant won’t recover in time for Game 1 and he might miss Game 2 as well, so winning his third straight NBA Finals MVP award will be complicated.
With Durant out, Stephen Curry will have to step up but that wasn’t a problem for him during the Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers.
The Warriors and Raptors have received big performances from many different players but what Curry and Leonard have done in the playoffs stands out in a big way.
Curry averaged 24.7 and 23.8 points per game in the first two rounds but once Durant went down he had to shoulder a huge scoring load and he definitely played like an MVP against the Trail Blazers, averaging 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists on 47.1 percent shooting and 42.5 percent from 3-point range.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors in Game 4 with a triple-double of 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists while making 7 of 16 3-point attempts, becoming just the fifth player in NBA history to score 30 points in every game of a four-game sweep.
Kawhi Leonard had a monster Game 6 against the Bucks with 27 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists and he’s averaging 31.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 38.7 minutes over 18 playoff games, shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The play of Curry and Leonard will be a major talking point in the NBA Finals but both teams have a number of players who can create problems for their opponent.
2019 NBA Finals MVP Odds
(Courtesy of Jazz Sports)
Stephen Curry -150
Kawhi Leonard +200
Kevin Durant +550
Draymond Green +700
Klay Thompson +1000
Pascal Siakam +2000
Kyle Lowry +2500
Andre Iguodala +3500
Marc Gasol +5000
Field (any other player) +750
Series Price for the NBA Finals
(Courtesy of BetOnline)
2019 NBA Finals Schedule
(Courtesy of Sports Media Watch. These are subject to change)
Game 1: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 30 at 9:00 PM ET
Game 2: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 PM ET
Game 3: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 5 at 9:00 PM ET
Game 4: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET
Game 5: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, Monday, June 10 at 9:00 PM ET (If necessary)
Game 6: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors, Thursday, June 13 at 9:00 PM ET (If necessary)
Game 7: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, Sunday, June 16 at 8:00 PM ET (If necessary)