With the most wide-open race in recent memory, who wins MVP is going to come down to which of the candidates — Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James — has the best final month of the season.
Harden made his case Friday night — 38 points on 21 shots, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, and he was a +28 in the Rockets win over the Pistons. Detroit threw defenders at him, but Harden was 8-of-17 on contested shots plus was drawing contact and getting to the line.
This race is going to make for a fun final quarter of the season.
Happy birthday Shaq. Remembering when he dropped 61 on Clippers on his B-Day.
The Big Aristotle/Shamrock/Cactus/Daddy had one of his best games ever on his birthday, dropping 61 on the Clippers. Shaq shot 24-of-35 from the floor and was a respectable 13-22 from the free throw line. Oh, he pulled down 23 boards, too (which was more points than Kobe Bryant had that day, 22). Obviously, this was the year Phil Jackson took over the Lakers and they won a title (thanks more to their defensive improvement than the triangle).
Enjoy the Friday trip down memory lane, complete with the voice of the best ever at the mic, Chick Hearn.