Tim Duncan blocks James Harden at the rim to seal Spurs’ 10th straight win (VIDEO)


Trailing by one with 6.1 seconds left, the Rockets got as good a look at the rim as they could get. James Harden was able to drive for what seemed like an easy layup. But then Tim Duncan happened.

No foul was called, much to the chagrin of the Rockets players, but this replay angle shows a clean block by Duncan:

The Spurs won their 10th straight game and, more importantly, moved into the third seed in the Western Conference.

Blake Griffin says he’d give MVP to James Harden


My sense among media members is that Stephen Curry is going to win the MVP award. It’s close, but talking to people I think that’s where the majority of votes would go.

My sense is that players are leaning toward James Harden. Blake Griffin is the latest in the list of players to back the Rockets’ star, with the theory that he had to do more to carry the Rockets to a top playoff seed. Hat tip to the LA Times for the video.

Which will make it interesting when the players vote for their own awards at the end of the season. There probably aren’t going to be radical differences, but who ends up on top of the MVP ballot may be one of them.

Stephen Curry says James Harden “might have been a little aggressive” with MVP comments. Really?


This is the time of year everyone seems to be campaigning for the MVP Award. LeBron James would vote for himself. Kevin Love would vote for Russell Westbrook. Mark Jackson would vote for James Harden.

James Harden would vote for himself, as well.

Somehow Harden saying that rubbed Curry the wrong way, reports Monte Poole CSNBayArea.com.

Informed of Harden’s comments after leading the Warriors to a 116-105 win over the Blazers, Curry merely shrugged as he strolled toward the trainer’s room.

“Ahh . . . that might have been a little aggressive,” the point guard told CSN Bay Area.


First off, on the Dan Patrick Show Curry admitted he would vote for himself if he could (Curry said if he couldn’t vote for himself he’d vote for LeBron). How is that different than Harden?

And if that’s not over the top, what about the PR staff for the Warriors personally calling all 177 media members with award votes to campaign for Curry? (Only 125 have MVP votes, broken out by region.) That’s happening according to the report. Is that not aggressive?

Everyone is campaigning for their guy, Curry and the Warriors are no exception. Own up to it.

James Harden: ‘I feel as though I am the MVP’


Stephen Curry would vote for Stephen Curry.

LeBron James would vote for LeBron James.

And James Harden would vote for James Harden.

Harden, via Fran Blinebury of NBA.com:

“I feel as though I am the MVP,” Harden said. “I think the MVP is the most valuable player to your team. Obviously you have to be winning and be one of the top teams in this league and we are.

“I’m not taking credit away from anybody else in the league. But I’ve been consistent all year. I’ve just been doing the right things to put my team in situations to win, considering all of the different circumstances we’ve had to deal with.”

“I’m looking at all those things put together,” Harden said. “Like I said, not taking away from Steph or that team. It’s an unbelievable season that they’re having. But we’re having a pretty good season as well with all the injuries and all that we’ve been going through this season.

“Look, I understand that people can go either way with it. But for the most valuable player, I think I would have the edge.”

Sometimes, it seems the players-choice MVP will be a 490-way tie for first place.

But a few players have actually picked someone other than themselves. Anthony Davis, who’s also in the race, took Harden, and so did Dwyane Wade. Kevin Love picked Russell Westbrook, who picked a reporter quizzing him about the award. Andrew Bogut is all-in on Stephen Curry.

Harden, one some level, is right to pick himself. He has had a fantastic season, serving as the primary scorer and playmaker for a Rockets team that has overcome many injuries to place near the top of the Western Conference. Harden has also improved defensively, going from disinterested to passable, to increase his value.

I’d give a slight edge to Curry, but I wouldn’t fault anyone for going with Harden. And though I think Curry will win, at 3-to-1, I’d bet on Harden.

At minimum, Harden proved Steve Kerr wrong. This is a two-man campaign for Harden now.

Gregg Popovich compares his beard with James Harden’s


Gregg Popovich is the best.

Not only does he have his Spurs rolling as we enter the playoffs — nine straight wins, each by at least a dozen points — but he is having fun again.

Take this moment from Wednesday, when he stops to compare his beard to James Harden’s — and that cracks up the MVP candidate.

(Hat tip to James Herbert of Eye on Sports)