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Whom voters select for the award depends on how much you value the triple-doubles in comparison to the wins Harden has helped produce. James Harden, All-Star guard and MVP candidate, needs six assists to become the first player in history with 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds in a season. Last year, they fired their coach after 15 games, James Harden and Dwight Howard couldn't get along, and they barely snuck in the playoffs as an eight seed, one year after making the Western Conference Finals.

The NBA regular season is about to end in a couple of days but the Most Valuable Player Award is down to two players - Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Despite what others have said about Houston Rockets' star James Harden deserving the NBA MVP award, Robertson said Westbrook is the MVP in his book.

Ben McLemore shook off a tough start to score 18 points on 3-of-7 shooting from long range. Rockets F Trevor Ariza went 2 for 8 from deep and closed the season with 191 3-pointers. "And to have both of those guys go at one another in the first round - former teammates, great friends, the two leading scorers in the Association - from our side. this is a dream matchup to sit and have a chance to watch". While Andrew Wiggins will likely close as the National Basketball Association leader in minutes - he has 3,018 entering Wednesday, 24 more than teammate Karl-Anthony Towns - and Towns bypassed Kevin Love (2,010 points in 2013-14) to set the franchise single-season scoring mark (2,033 and counting), Minnesota lost Zach LaVine to a left ACL tear on February 3 and never got its defense anchored (26th in defensive rating). Harden is ahead of Westbrook in the important "team success" category too. Tell us what you think in the comments. "We don't get fooled into thinking that it's something that it's not". But being the triple-double king is not, on its own, enough to win a player the MVP. He said that 22 "different players have compiled at least one this season", happening in 111 of 1,202 regular season games with 28 games left.

D'Antoni is happy with where Anderson is at in his fourth game back after missing six games with an ankle injury.

"I was impressed as I always am with him, but he kept attacking offensively", Joerger said. "He's playing really well". Every possession means more at this stage of the season, so avoiding turnovers will make the Rockets offense more effective, in turn, helping the defense, but it's not just about avoiding turnovers. Rockets F Ryan Anderson, a Sacramento native, has averaged 15.0 points and made 53 percent of his 3-pointers (38-for-72) in 12 career contests in his hometown.

The Rockets led by 13 early, but the Timberwolves had tied it at 60-all by halftime. The 76ers finished with the league's worst offense, putting up 100.7 points per 100 possessions. He now leads the league with 11.2 assists per game and is only second to Westbrook in points per game with 29.3. San Antonio has won the last two, including a first-round sweep last season. By the beginning of March, he was further impressing analysts and fans alike with a four-game streak in which he scored more than 40 points in each of those games. To lift a team the way he has is an awesome feat. Could James Harden's 2016-2017 season really be better offensively than Wilt Chamberlain's 50 ppg season?

The other thing that disappoints me is this; why on earth is the NBA going to wait until after the season to announce the NBA MVP Award victor? The Rockets are picking in the top-five of the draft without Harden running the show.

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