MVP Debate: Is Blake Griffin More Worthy than LeBron James?

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LAC_Griffin_BlakeLeBron James headshotA lot has happened since our MVP rankings were published on Wednesday.

The Heat have not lost five out of six, blowing a chance to surpass Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings, and the Los Angeles Clippers won their 10th in a row Friday night by defeating Utah as Blake Griffin reached 20 points for the 25th consecutive game.

I had Griffin ranked third and James ranked second behind Kevin Durant in the latest edition of the MVP ranks, and now I am leaning toward elevating Griffin to the No. 2 spot in the next edition of the ranks.

Is that a fair thing to do?

I will listen to the advice our readers provide in the poll published below, and from whatever comments are entered in the comments section. It seems sacrilegious to list James as the third wheel in any context, but perhaps this is the exception.

Thanks for voting. The percentage results will appear after you cast your ballot.

Heat are 7-point favorites in Game 6

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150px-NBA_TrophyThe San Antonio Spurs are only victory away from becoming NBA champions.

The oddsmakers seem to think they have no chance tonight in Game 6. The Spurs have been installed as 7-point underdogs for tonight’s Game 6, and they are 3.7-to-1 on the Money Line.

Who will Win Game 7? Who Do You Want to Win?

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pacers small logoheat small logoEven if you are not a fan of the Indiana Pacers or the Miami Heat, tonight’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals is Must-See TV.

Each team has three stars, though the Heat’s Big Three (might we need to change that name after what we’ve seen in this series?) have historically outshined their counterparts on the Pacers (Paul George, Roy Hibbert and David West) in terms of polularity and mass appeal.

Poll: Pacers vs. Heat: Who do you want to win? Who will win?

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pacers small logoheat small logoTwo things we weren’t expecting to see in this postseason: The Miami Heat facing a distinct dose of adversity, and LeBron James fouling out of a game.’

The latter happened late in the fourth quarter of Indiana’s 99-92 victory Tuesday night. It was the first time James was whistled for six fouls in a game since last year’s playoffs.

Poll: Who Will be Coach of the Year, Version 2.0

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voteWe ran a similar poll to this one a month ago, and Mike Woodson was the winner by a resounding margin.

Now we are setting the reset button and starting over, given that Coach of the Year it is the only award for which there is any suspense now that we know that Marc Gasol is the Defensive Player of the Year, Paul George is Most Improved and J.R. Smith is the Sixth Man Award winner. (Click on any of those links to see the complete vote totals)

(LeBron James will be the MVP, and Damian Lillard will be the Rookie of the Year. The only suspense if whether either will be a unanimous winner.)

Cast your vote in the poll below, and the results will show after you have cast your ballot.