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What to make of NBA MVP race?

Expected to be epic, the Kevin Durant-vs.-LeBron James NBA MVP race has cooled a little bit, allowing players such as Blake Griffin to creep into the discussion. Or have they? The leading scorer for the scorching Los Angeles Clippers says it's still a two-man race, with Durant or James almost destined to take home the trophy. Is he right? If so, who wins it? Would Griffin get your third-place vote, or someone else?

What are the chances someone other than Kevin Durant or LeBron James makes a serious run for NBA MVP this season?

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  • Right now, which of these players gets your vote for NBA MVP?

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  • Assuming Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the top two candidates for NBA MVP this season, who would get your third-place vote?

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Clippers win eighth straight

The Clippers are the hottest team in basketball right now, winning eight straight games against the likes of the Thunder and Rockets. They've been so good, in fact, that J.A. Adande thinks it's time to include Blake Griffin in the MVP race, formerly a two-person competition between Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Griffin definitely looked like an MVP last night against the Suns, scoring 37 points and only missing two of his 16 shots. With a healthy Chris Paul dishing assists to Griffin, the Clippers could be a force in the playoffs.

  • How will the Clippers fare in the playoffs?

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  • Is Blake Griffin a legitimate MVP candidate?

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  • When will the Clippers' eight-game winning streak come to an end?

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  • Will the Clippers ever win a championship with their current core?

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NBA All-Star Game thoughts?

Say what you will about the NBA All-Star Game, but this year it wasn't anonymous. The New Orleans 2014 version set the record for most combined points (318), most by a team (163 by the victorious Eastern Conference), most in a half (89 by the Western Conference in the first half) and many, many more. The final was 163-155, with Kyrie Irving taking MVP honors. Meanwhile, the dunk contest didn't exactly earn rave reviews for its East vs. West format. What did you make of the weekend?

? More: Your NBA second half predictions?

  • How much of NBA All-Star Weekend did you watch?

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  • How do you feel about all the shooting, dunks and overall scoring at the NBA All-Star Game?

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  • Who was your All-Star Game MVP?

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  • Was John Wall the right choice as dunk contest winner?

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  • What is your favorite part of NBA All-Star Weekend?

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  • What do you make of the new NBA dunk contest formant?

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  • Should the NBA attach stakes to the All-Star Game a la MLB and World Series home-field advantage?

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  • Which league has the best All-Star Game?

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Clippers rout hapless 76ers

The Clippers with Chris Paul just might be the team no one wants to play once playoff time comes around. Take their 123-78 dismantling of the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, perhaps summed up best by the video above. Obviously this has the "they're playing a very bad team" disclaimer, but plays like that show just how explosive the Clippers can be with a healthy Chris Paul. That play came after the team jumped out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter, which tends to be when Lob City makes a comeback. Paul and Griffin may never translate their chemistry into a title, but they're sure fun to watch.

How far will the Clippers advance this season?

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  • Which team would be the biggest threat to the Thunder in the playoffs?

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  • Will the Clippers ever win a championship with their current core?

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Love, Curry, Kobe All-Star starters

It will be a contest for the young -- and, in a couple of cases, the old -- when the 2014 All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Feb. 16. Or it could be, if everyone is healthy by then. The starters have been unveiled, with four first-time starters -- the Western Conference's Stephen Curry and Kevin Love and the Eastern Conference's Paul George and Kyrie Irving -- joining regulars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and, yes, Kobe Bryant. (Blake Griffin was the other.) Wade and, especially, Bryant earned votes despite fighting through injuries this season. Who didn't deserve the call? Who did but must wait until next Thursday, when the reserves are announced? Cast your votes below!

  • Which would win a game of five-on-five (with all healthy)?

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  • Which All-Star starter was the weakest choice?

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  • Who was the biggest All-Star starter snub?

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  • Who should start the All-Star Game in Kobe Bryant's absence?

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  • Which first-time starter will have the best NBA career?

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  • In general, what grade would you give the fans in selecting the 2014 All-Star Game starters?

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