PORTLAND, Ore. — There is no award for most valuable player of the conference finals. If there were, there’s a good chance Draymond Green would’ve won it for his play with the Golden State Warriors in their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.
His defense was just sensational. His playmaking was at the highest levels he has maybe ever shown, nearly averaging a triple-double at 16.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists. He ran the floor like a point guard. And he hit the game-winning shot in overtime of Game 4, a clutch 3-pointer in the 119-117 win that clinched the Western Conference finals on Monday night.
Players and coaches on both sides, plus the large media contingent, have praised Green for days. After calling him a “wrecking ball” following an awesome Game 3 on Saturday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked to come up with an even better metaphor for Green the next day. He apologized that he couldn’t.
But in all fairness, Green wasn’t the best player in the series.
This sweep was a genuine masterpiece for Stephen Curry. Perhaps the stakes weren’t high enough nor the opponent severe enough to call it the best playoff series of his career for it to qualify — actually, forget that, it was the best series of his career.
Curry has never dominated a series like he did over these past four games, doing so in a time of need, with Kevin Durant out — and Andre Iguodala hobbled, then sidelined himself. Actually, call it the best 4.5 games of Curry’s p