Lakers 114 Nuggets 93
Last night, the Lakers returned home after a seven-game road trip to take on the Denver Nuggets. This would be a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals in the bubble in Orlando. As usual, the Lakers had a pretty slow start but pulled it together in the second half especially. LeBron finished with a 27 point triple-double and got the best of Jokic, who only finished with 13 points. These two have been in the MVP conversation all season long and Lebron might have made himself the front runner last night. He has the Lakers a half-game out of the #1 seed in the west yet again.
The four names that have been linked with the MVP race so far this year is KD, LeBron, Jokic, and Embiid. Two players are in the East and two of them are in the West. All four teams are near the top in terms of standings despite the slow start the Nuggets had this year.
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LeBron is averaging 25, eight, and eight to round out his numbers. James is also playing the lowest amount of minutes in his career while shooting a career-high in three-point percentage. While AD is still playing great, he doesn’t look as aggressive as he’s been in past years, which for now, will increase the workload of a 36-year-old LeBron.
James, even in his 18th season, continues to prove he is the most valuable player in basketball. The Lakers will go as far as he will take them and with people around the league getting better, LeBron has no time to miss games or rest. Unlike, the three other MVP candidates just named, LeBron has played in every single game this year. He hasn’t had any injuries and he certainly has not taken any games off for “load management”.
As the year goes on, more people in the media will start to realize the mistakes they have been making. LeBron this year and most other years is your clear MVP front runner.