Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was handed his NBA MVP award at the Oracle Arena ahead of Game 2 against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
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Curry was initially announced as the MVP for 2015 on Monday, but he was given the opportunity to share his triumph with the fans at the Oracle.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver was on hand to present him with the trophy, but as expected, the Warriors point guard was keen to thank his family, friends and fans before switching attention to the priority of winning the game.
However, Golden State were unable to do so despite 19 points, six assists and five rebounds from the new MVP, as they slipped to a 97-90 loss to Memphis which leaves their Western Conference semi-final match-up tied at 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Saturday.
The 27-year-old delivered an emotional speech during the ceremony on Monday with his father in particular drawing plenty of emotion out of him, but he will need to re-focus on the task in hand and that is helping his team to a championship this year after dominating in the West throughout the regular season.
Tuesday night’s home loss was just the third all year, and now the Warriors face the daunting task of having to win in the ‘Grindhouse’ in order to advance.