ASK IRA: Have Thunder's Losses Altered MVP Race for LeBron?

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ASK IRA: Have Thunder's Losses Altered MVP Race for LeBron?
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A: Look, anyone who had committed their MVP vote to either LeBron James or Kevin Durant before the start of March didn't deserve a vote in the first place. And it's not only about LeBron and Durant. Paul George could still have a say in this, as well. Heck, if Carmelo Anthony can lift the Knicks to the playoffs, that might make him more valuable than any player in the league (although that might be a challenge too great for any mere mortal). MVP is not about Player of the Week or three-game losing streaks. It's about a sustained body of work over the six-month marathon that is the regular season (and if it were up to me, would include the playoffs, as well). Right now, I couldn't delineate between LeBron and Durant, but I suspect these final seven weeks of the season will provide the needed answers. I do know this: It would have been hard to look at LeBron's performance Thursday and not count him as a contender, or perhaps again frontrunner...

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