The weather app on my smartphone read 39 degrees this morning. It left me wondering: When is this going to change? This is the second straight year in New York that spring has been a rumor rather than a reality, and it can lead a person to convince oneself: This will never change.
Which brings me to my mindset on the MVP award.
For months, I have been telling myself that James Harden is going to win the MVP award. Every night, he carries his team. For a huge chunk of the season, he has done it without Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones and Patrick Beverley. Now he is going to have to continue doing it without Donatas Montiejunas. Tonight, he has to try to do it against the San Antonio Spurs, who are tied with the Rockets and the Grizzlies in the win column but sit in sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
This can’t stay this way forever, can it? Not just the weather in the 30s and 40s (the high yesterday was 42!), but the Spurs in the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff standings. Along with Harden frozen in the No. 1 spot in my cold, icy noggin.
We awake this Friday with Stephen Curry just having set an NBA record for 3-pointers in a single season with 276, four more than the 272 he made last season to set the record. He dropped 45 on the Blazers last night. His team is sitting head and shoulders above the rest of the NBA with 64 wins, five more than the Atlanta Hawks, and — more importantly — 11 more than the Houston Rockets, who could find themselves sitting in the same sixth spot that the Spurs currently occupy by the time the season comes to a conclusion on Wednesday night.
Well, Wednesday is also the night when I have to come to a conclusion on who I will vote for as Most Valuable Player. Wednesday also might mark the third or fourth day that the mercury flirts with 70 here in New York, where the trees are going to bloom about four weeks later than usual.
Yes, a lot is going to change in the next few days. My mind might be one of them. As recently as Wednesday, I was telling people that there was probably a 70 percent chance that Harden wins the MVP.
Now, I am thinking that number is more like 50 percent.
Harden and Curry are both worthy candidates. Harden’s scoring numbers are better, but Curry’s would be higher if he wasn’t sitting out so many fourth quarters of so many blowout wins. Harden gets it done night after night — and he does it on both ends of the floor. Curry gets it done so early game after game after game, it allows for an extra half-hour of shuteye night after night — especially when the ‘Dubs are playing at home.
I have six days to make up my mind: Curry or Harden. So today, I am asking for some guidance from my loyal readers.
Who is the more worthy candidate?
Vote below, and I will take your ballots and comments into consideration before hitting the send button on my official ballot after all 82 games are in the books.
Chris Sheridan, publisher and editor-in-chief of SheridanHoops.com, is an official MVP voter. Follow him on Twitter.