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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?
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.
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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?
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.
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!