The Pickup Game's Unified Theory Of MVP Debates

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2017

The question mark is the Cavaliers, the defending champions who were just 10-14 after February, yielding the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference to Boston while James sat out the final two games during their late-season slide. They are predicted to avenge last year's defeat to win the series 4-1 and regain the title. The Rockets were dominant at home, winning 30 of 41 games, and the Thunder were three games under.500 away from Oklahoma City. "When you look at it from a historical perspective, the fact that it's never been done before, 42 triple doubles, and only the second guy to ever average that for a season, speaks to his desire, his passion, his toughness". The Thunder, who lost Kevin Durant in free agency to the Warriors in the offseason, dropped from the 3 seed a year ago.

However, history hasn't been kind to teams which rely too heavily on outside shooting during the playoffs - especially when finding themselves under adversity on the interior.

Forty-five out of the total 61 MVP winners' teams have finished the season first in their conference, and the past 34 MVPs' teams have been ranked in the top three of their conference. He said there won't be any special conversations about what to expect.

You get the play the tough, best competition. It's what I did. "So, Iike to go out there and compete and have fun", Westbrook told reporters when asked about resting March 22. "There's no difference. Obviously, the stakes are a little higher".

OSCAR ROBERTSON: Well, I will just go what has gone, what has happened so far. Westbrook will likely put up fantastic numbers, but the Thunder are too much of a one-man show to get past the Rockets. "I just want to win". He averaged double digits in points, assists and rebounds, a triple-double. The people supporting Harden keep bringing up how many more wins his Rockets' have (55) compared to how many wins Westbrook's Thunder team has (47).

The post How NBA's Russell Westbrook achieved a rare triple-double appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

He's facing another player who gets triple-doubles in bunches. In the West, Bing predicts Houston to prevail over Oklahoma City in another much-anticipated First Round series. Roberson and Bev are going to be the key figures in that sense, since the National Basketball Association won't be insane enough to force Harden or Westbrook to sit.

The Thunder's Russell Westbrook and the Rockets' Patrick Beverley shared the court for 64 minutes over four games during the regular season.

"It's a great experience", he said.

As much as the National Basketball Association playoffs are a time for stars to shine, OKC will need some significant performances from everybody around Russell Westbrook if they hope to move onto the second round. All-in-all though, I'll take the shooting skills of Lou Williams, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson to take Houston in a barn-burner.

"Obviously, they're a great offensive team", Westbrook said.

It's going to be hard for anybody that gets through there, because they're in a hard conference with San Antonio, with the Clippers and, of course, the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 29.1 points per game, to go along with 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds. The Admiral averaged 27.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, and 2.9 assists per game.

Blake Griffin, who tweeted that Westbrook should win MVP on Sunday, explained to HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy that, just as important as stats, the way Westbrook played and how other players view that should make him MVP.

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