Heading into the first weekend of March, Giannis Antetokounmpo seemed like a lock to win his second straight NBA MVP Award. Unfortunately for the Greek Freak, LeBron James put together one hell of a weekend to insert himself in all MVP talks.
James scored 37 points with 8 rebounds and 8 assists in Friday’s 10-point win over Milwaukee. Then he scored 28 points in Sunday’s 9-point win over the LA Clippers. Two games before that, he had a triple-double in a win over the Pelicans where he went head-to-head with Zion Williamson.
James’ late-season play and the Lakers handling their business, has the team as a lock to clinch the number one seed in a very competitive Western Conference.
“At 35, what this [expletive] is doing is incredible. He is the MVP,” Anthony Davis told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. “That’s no disrespect to that [expletive] in Milwaukee. Giannis is having a hell of a year, but if you think about what the most valuable player means, that’s ’Bron to us. Look at our numbers when he’s off the floor. He’s the MVP.”
If the Lakers are close to Milwaukee record-wise towards the end of the campaign, the race between the reigning MVP and the four-time winner of the award will get very interesting.