30 March 2009

NBA quiz!

Without cheating, tell me which numbers belong to who over the last month of the season:

A - 33.1 pgg, 50.5 FG%, 35.9 3-point%, 5.4 rpg, 8.2 apg, 2.8 spg, 1.1 bpg

B - 28.4 ppg, 47.9 FG%, 37.9 3-point%, 8.8 rpg, 8.8 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.3 bpg

C - 25.5 ppg, 43.5 FG%, 33.3 3-point%, 4.9 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.1 spg, 0.7 bpg

Answers: A - Wade, B - LeBron, C - Kobe.

Now look, some people will use these stats to argue about the MVP race, but not me.

Why not? Because the MVP award is essentially meaningless without concrete criteria. Why can't the NBA sit down and outline exactly what the league MVP should be? Is it the best player on the best team? Is it the player putting up the best statistical season? Is it the best player that hasn't won one yet? No one agrees, and the resulting discussions annoy me to no end.

That said, the last couple weeks of the regular season are going to be pretty darn good. As Jazz fans know, Utah's remaining games are brutal. At Portland, at Denver, at New Orleans, at San Antonio, at Dallas, at the Lakers.

Ugh. But my take on this is that if the Jazz can't get it done over these next nine games, I don't care if they even make the playoffs. A good Utah team will win at least six of these games. A bad one will not, and I don't want to root for a bad Utah team in the playoffs.

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