Return of the King: LeBron's back to MVP form

Updated: March 25, 2007, 12:15 PM ET
By Brian Windhorst | Special to ESPN.com

This was supposed to be the year LeBron James won the Most Valuable Player award.

That was the penetrating thought in the early evening of Feb. 4, a frigid Sunday in Cleveland. The Cavs had lost, again, on national television, humbled by the Detroit Pistons, 90-78. The Pistons looked like the better team by far, placidly wrestling the Cavs' offense to a halt just as they had in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semis almost 10 months earlier.

James had a modest 21 points and was ...

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