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Nick Young only played one season with the Golden State Warriors, but that was long enough to both win a championship and apparently witness quite the battle between Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant for the MVP of the 2018 NBA Finals.

The 2017-18 Warriors, which included Curry, Durant and Young, defeated LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals to win two straight titles. Durant was named MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals, and Young said it was up to the two future Hall of Famers to win the title in 2018.

And then Curry had a tough third game, where, according to Young, he was “close to tears” even after a win because he knew he had given up the award as MVP of the Finals:

Curry made just 3 of 16 shots for 11 points in Game 3. Durant carried Golden State that night with 43 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, and from then on it was a mere formality that he would win the individual award for the second year in a row.



Andre Iguodala was named MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals when Curry won his first ring, although the future Hall of Famer got one in 2022 after Durant had already moved on.

The future Hall of Famer led Golden State to a six-game victory over the Boston Celtics, averaging 31.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 43.7 percent from beyond the arc.

There was no doubt that Curry was the MVP of the NBA Finals this year, and he also has a four-to-two ring advantage over Durant.

However, Young said it hurt Curry that he didn’t receive the award in 2018.

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