Westbrook, Harden, Leonard finalists for NBA MVP

Hardly any have gone like that since. He was limited to 31 games due to injury, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. Love started the game with a steal on the first possession, and even though he went only 1-for-5 from the field in the first quarter, he had a block in the opening period as Cleveland jumped out to a 30-19 lead. In his 14-season career, he's earned numerous accolades, including four NBA MVP awards.

If you like blowouts, you love these National Basketball Association playoffs.

And he was pretty despondent not to be able to play. Just grateful to be a part of the list. "At the end of the day, they're going to go in with the mindset they feel like if they just go take care of their home court it's a series".

Draymond Green, who picked up the four first-team votes that didn't go to James or Leonard at forward, is first among forwards in Defensive Rating and will likely win the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award this season. LeBron will finish fourth (fifth is wide open).

"Those guys had MVP seasons, and you've got to give the award to some different people every now and then", Lue said. That guy's a tough guy, and he plays through a lot. He was the first player to average a triple-double over a season since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62.

Boston's Jonas Jerebko's baseline jumper put the Celtics ahead 108-106 with 30 seconds left before Irving scored on a drive to tie it with 10.7 seconds left.

It's certainly odd. But nobody seems to be complaining.

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

Turner is enjoying its best numbers for playoffs since 2014, the network saying it's up 6 percent over a year ago with gains across all key demographics. Since he didn't make it, the Pacers can still offer him a new deal but it wouldn't be as strong as other suitors such as the LA Lakers. When those stars are matched up, like Westbrook vs.

Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 6:24 first; team, 6:24 first; Thomas, 10:48 second; coach Brad Stevens, 10:37 second. Maybe Golden State can figure out a way to slow him down, or San Antonio if it can come back in the West. Notably this season still only awarded two teams.

Whether they're close games or routs, the matchups now are the ones many probably have been waiting for.

For Cleveland, the loss was a wake-up call on their march toward a possible third straight Finals and a seemingly inevitable rematch with Golden State. He changes and tweaks his game every season, acknowledging the growing limitations to his game as he gets older. When you're just out there playing and it doesn't mean anything, and whether you're good or bad, it does not matter.

  • Julie Sanders