|1||PAUL GEORGE, F, INDIANA: The tournament’s overall No. 1 seed stays atop the KD (Kels Dayton) poll after waxing Isaiah Thomas. He also had a nice week in real life, going for 20 and 10 boards Friday vs. the Raptors and following that with 10, 10 and six assists in a win over the Bulls on Sunday.||1|
|2||JRUE HOLIDAY, G, PHILADELPHIA: He is back and shockingly replaces Nikola Vucevic. Call it the Sheridan Hoops curse. Vucevic put up two pathetic performances (6 points, 4 boards and 4 points, 2 boards) in the three games since we interviewed him last week. He’s free-falling and going to leave this column for a while.||–|
|3||STEPHEN CURRY, G, GOLDEN STATE: I get it if you think Curry is too good to win this award. But you CANNOT drop 54 in one of the greatest shooting performances in MSG history, follow with 25 and 30 (37 ppg in his last 4 games), and go unnoticed in the MIP Ranks. What kind of example would we be setting for the kids?||–|
|4||GREIVIS VASQUEZ, G, NEW ORLEANS: Only a 2-seed in the MIP Tournament but one of those dangerous, championship-level 2-seeds. He vaults into the No. 3 spot this week after a masterful 25-point, 9-assist performance in Friday’s win over Detroit. He also had 20, seven and eight boards in Brooklyn last Tuesday.||4|
|5||LARRY SANDERS, F, MILWAUKEE: Like his alma mater VCU, Nappy Gilmore is looking more dangerous than the alligator that took Chubbs’ hand right now. He has double-doubles in four of his last five games and put up 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks in Saturday’s win over Toronto.||5|
DROPOUTS: Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando (2); Kemba Walker, G, Charlotte (3).
FIVE TO WATCH: Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando; Omer Asik, C, Houston; Chandler Parsons, F, Houston; J.J. Hickson, F, Portland; David Lee, F, Golden State.