When the basketball world learned that James Harden and the Houston Rockets would face Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, it became inevitable that the MVP race would be distorted by the results of the series. If the Rockets lost, Harden would be considered a perennial choker who continually disappears in the playoffs. If the Thunder lost, Westbrook would be viewed as a selfish ball hog unable to lead a team without Durant, Ibaka, or Harden. Well I’m here to say that this playoff series should not define Westbrook or Harden’s seasons, and that Russell’s record-breaking performance should place him first in this year’s MVP voting.
Seemingly unable to wait until the offseason, the New York Knicks decided to show off their top-to-bottom organizational dysfunction this week. Pushing to trade Carmelo Anthony, fighting with their fans, angering Kristaps Porzingis, and getting into disputes with the NBA Player’s Association all in only one week. What is going on in Madison Square Garden?
On Friday, March 24th, Devin Booker put up a jaw-dropping 70 points as the Phoenix Suns fell to the Boston Celtics 130-120. Booker joins NBA legends Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant as one of only 8 players to drop more than 65 points in a single game. He set a franchise record for most points scored in a game by a Phoenix Sun and a record for most points scored in the TD Garden. He now also has the record for most points scored by an active NBA player, beating out Carmelo Anthony (62), LeBron James (61), and Klay Thompson (60). The catch: Booker is only 20 years old.