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NBA Notebook: Curry's Finals MVP odds improving

He wasn't the highest scorer on his own team in Game 2, but Stephen Curry's odds to win the Most Valuable Player award in the 2019 NBA Finals strengthened after the Golden State Warriors evened the series 1-1.

Jun 2, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook (4) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate during a time out in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 2, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook (4) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate during a time out in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

He wasn't the highest scorer on his own team in Game 2, but Stephen Curry's odds to win the Most Valuable Player award in the 2019 NBA Finals strengthened after the Golden State Warriors evened the series 1-1.

Curry entered the Finals as a -125 favorite by Sportsbetting.ag to take home MVP honors. Those odds dipped to +100 after the Toronto Raptors won Game 1.

Curry scored 23 points to Klay Thompson's 25 on Sunday night, but Curry is now back to a -150 MVP favorite.

Kawhi Leonard, who scored a game-high 34 points in Game 2 and is averaging 28.5 points through two games, is second at +300, followed by the Warriors' Draymond Green (+450) and Kevin Durant (+1600), who has yet to play a game in the series while recovering from a calf injury.

Pascal Siakam (+1600) is the next lowest odds on the Raptors. Toronto's Kyle Lowry is at +5000.

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FanDuel.com listed Curry at -125 on Monday while PointsBet.com had his MVP odds at -154.

• Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is questionable for Game 3 of the NBA Finals after an MRI exam on his injured left hamstring revealed only a strain, The Athletic's Shams Charnia reported Monday evening.

In more dire injury news for Golden State, backup center Kevon Looney has a non-displaced collarbone fracture and is out indefinitely, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

Both Thompson and Looney were injured during the Warriors' 109-104 win over the Raptors on Sunday night in Toronto, a resulted that leveled the best-of-seven series at one win apiece.

The Warriors traveled to Oakland, Calif., following Game 2 but didn't arrive until after 4 a.m. local time, delaying Thompson's MRI and Looney's MRI and CT scan until later in the day.

The team initially announced that Looney had a chest contusion, but coach Steve Kerr later said that Looney's injury was "something with his shoulder."

Thompson said after the game Sunday he expected to play in Game 3 on Wednesday, though he was seen limping around Scotiabank Arena after Golden State's Sunday win.

The Warriors continue to await the return of All-NBA forward Kevin Durant, who hasn't played since sustaining a right calf injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 8.

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• Kawhi Leonard is suing Nike, claiming the company is taking credit for creating the logo that appeared on his Nike-endorsed apparel, according to the Portland Business Journal.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in the United States District Court in Southern California, the Toronto Raptors star contends he designed the logo but that Nike claimed otherwise in a copyright registration.

In the nine-page legal filing, Leonard contends the "Klaw" logo derived from sketches he drew before turning pro and gave Nike permission to place "on certain merchandise" during his endorsement deal with the company. He said Nike did not have his OK to apply for the copyright registration.

Leonard endorsed Nike until his contract expired last fall. He signed a subsequent deal with New Balance.

The New York Times reported last week that the Los Angeles Clippers - one of several teams expected to pursue Leonard in free agency when it opens next month - had "quietly looked into the feasibility of purchasing the portion of the rights to Leonard's 'Klaw' logo that is still owned by Nike."

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