Westbrook, Harden, Leonard finalists for NBA MVP

Westbrook, Harden, Leonard finalists for NBA MVP

Westbrook, Harden, Leonard finalists for NBA MVP

Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard will compete for the honor.

Cleveland led by 14 points after one quarter, by a record 41 at the half and by 46 after three.

Harden, meanwhile, became the first player ever to score 2,000 points and assist on 2,000 points in a single season, creating the most points per game (scored or assisted) in the National Basketball Association this season with 56.2. Kyrie Irving added 23 points, 3 assists and shot 8-for-11 from the field.

The win was the 13th straight playoff victory for the Cavaliers, who have not lost since Game 4 of last year's NBA Finals.

The Celtics will have a better idea of Thomas' status for Game 3 when he undergoes additional tests on Saturday. I get it. But how do so many of you not get that the regular season is neither played nor should be judged in a vacuum? When he went back to the locker room our training staff and doctors got with him. We saw that as they, individually and as a team, fizzled once the postseason rolled on. LeBron knew what he was doing in terms of rest in the regular season, and not being concerned about the No. 1 seed in the East. The 6-foot-11 forward had a number of jaw-dropping games, including the beginning of the season when he scored 50 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the season opener, followed by 45 points and 17 rebounds in the second game of the season. I am genuinely appalled and disgusted that Lebron did not make the list, and this is coming from someone who isn't necessarily even a fan of the guy. "We were poor. You've got to be able to pick up the slack, certainly, when other guys aren't available".

LeBron and the Cavs handed Boston their worst home playoff loss in franchise history (44 points). The Orlando Magic beat them by 47 points in the first round of the 1995 postseason.

"It is embarrassing", Celtics guard Avery Bradley said.

There was a lot of respect between the teams after the series, particularly for Ginobili.

The MVP race during the regular season was nearly always a two-person affair between Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but that doesn't mean LeBron James - who wasn't a finalist for the award for the first time since 2008 - isn't entitled to feel snubbed.

Since he has been in the league, he has been worthy of MVP consideration every single year.

"Today I thought he looked much different in the first half".

But then, I didn't know Michael Jordan's first retirement was actually a "secret suspension" imposed by former Commissioner David Stern for gambling. The league knows what I bring to the table. Maybe Golden State can figure out a way to slow him down, or San Antonio if it can come back in the West.

The Celtics had no answer to James, who amassed 22 in the first half, driving when the lanes were open and dropping jump shots when they were not.

First, we have to look at who actually does the voting for these MVP candidates. "But they just wanted to give it to somebody else, but it's fine".

The Cavaliers star set career highs in assists (8.7) and rebounds per game (8.6) this season.

"It's hard to take", Al Horford said. At the end of the day, we say all the time: "When you win, eventually it becomes moot". It's been tough for our group.

LeBron, who was second in Real Plus Minus this year (behind Chris Paul), puts up insane numbers every year, but it is his presence on and off the court that means the most.

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