Kurt Helin

Doc Rivers’ stomps on DeAndre Jordan’s dream of Chris Bosh joining Clippers

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Chris Bosh is not giving up on his return to the NBA. The Heat have moved on, they are not bringing him back, but when they waive Bosh other teams are likely to give him a shot.

DeAndre Jordan said he wanted the Clippers to be that team.

Coach/GM/guy with the hammer Doc Rivers shot that down, via TMZ.

“I love him, but I doubt it, I don’t know” Rivers said when asked if the team would pursue Bosh. “I want him to be healthy, that’s more important.”

I think everyone feels that’s more important, Bosh included. The question is could he safely play on some blood-thinner regimes that would have the drugs out of his system during games and practices? If doctors do not agree on this — and based on what has come out of Bosh’s camp, not all of them do — then it’s going to be a challenge for both the league and other teams when it comes time to decide if he can play again. There are no good answers for Miami here.

I still expect that eventually the league, players’ union, and Bosh will come to some negotiated deal. But that could go a lot of different directions still.

51 Questions: Who will win MVP?

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We are in the home stretch of PBT’s 2016-17 NBA preview series, 51 Questions. For more than a month (and continuing through the start of the NBA season) we tackle 51 questions we cannot wait to see answered during the upcoming NBA season. We are entering the prediction portion of the preview season, today the PBT staff is tackling:

Who will win the MVP?

Kurt Helin: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

It’s tempting to choose Russell Westbrook or James Harden here — both guys are going to put up MVP-level stats this season. However, traditionally voters tend to pick the best player from one of the best teams in the league (55 or more wins) for the award, and I don’t see the Thunder or Rockets getting there. I will go with LeBron, knowing full well that the past couple of seasons he has dialed it back a little during the regular season so he could turn it up to 11 during the playoffs. Last season “dialed back” LeBron averaged 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game with a true shooting percentage of 58.8 percent — those are still MVP numbers. With all the stars in Golden State siphoning off shots and votes from each other, I’ll take LeBron to win his fifth MVP.

Dan Feldman: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will split opportunities for production and, therefore, votes. I’m tempted to take LeBron James, but he has cruised through the last couple regular seasons, and every Finals trip gives him more incentive to relax the next year. So, I’ll pick Leonard, who’s a superstar and the clear top player on a team that could win at a clip that typically produces MVPs.

Dane Carbaugh: James Harden, Houston Rockets

James Harden is part of a new Rockets offense crafted by Mike D’Antoni, one unencumbered by the player who led the league last year in post touches in Dwight Howard. Harden is already a constant in the scoring title race, and now it appears his assist numbers — an overlooked part of his game — are on pace to become absolutely eye-popping. Factor in a potential step back for the Spurs, the Warriors foursome cannibalizing each others votes, and a finish in the Top 6 out West for the Rockets could very well get Harden the MVP.

Dan Gilbert tweets out look at Cavaliers’ championship banner

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Here it is, the first banner to go up celebrating a Cleveland sports championship since the year the Beatles first went on the Ed Sullivan Show, since Dr. Strangegolve was in the theaters, and the Warren Commission Report was released.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions and on Oct. 25, when the NBA season tips off, it does so with the Cavaliers players getting their rings and a banner being hoisted to the rafters at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert tweeted out a look at the banner.

Savor the moment Cleveland, you earned it.

Clippers’ Chris Paul sprains thumb, but it’s reportedly not serious

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Without Chris Paul, the Clippers quickly go from the fourth best team in the NBA to pedestrian. CP3 is arguably the best point guard in the game — certainly the best traditional point guard and the best game manager at the point — and if he’s not lobbing to DeAndre Jordan and feeding Blake Griffin the rock, the Clippers are not near the same team.

So when he’s skipping practice with his hand wrapped, it’s a story. But the injury is not serious, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.

While Paul didn’t practice Sunday because of his hand injury, he’s not expected to miss any real time. Paul’s officially being called “day-to-day” with a sprained left thumb, and injury he likely would be able to play with if the Clippers were in the regular season.

“He’ll play in definitely one of the two (remaining preseason games), and that tells you it’s not that serious,” Doc Rivers said.

That’s good news, both for the Clippers and basketball fans everywhere. Paul is a joy to watch play for basketball purists.

Paul and Griffin can be free agents next summer (expect both to opt out for sure), which adds a certain urgency to the Clippers season. They may well be the fourth best team in the NBA — but is that good enough to get out of the second round when San Antonio and Golden State are still in your conference? To have any hope, they need a healthy Chris Paul.

Watch Russell Westbook drop 26 on Minnesota Sunday

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Russell Westbrook is going to put up monster numbers this season.

As the season is approaching coach Billy Donovan gave Westbrook a little longer run Sunday night — 30 minutes — and he dropped 26 points (on 21 shots) and 1o assists on the Timberwolves in a 112-94 Thunder win. In the first quarter he was blowing by defenders, getting the and-1, and never looked back. Steven Adams added 20 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

Westbrook is going to put MVP-caliber numbers this season, but will the Thunder be good enough to get him into serious consideration for the award? It’s going to be an interesting season.