Last night LeBron James showed why he is considered the best player on Earth. He didn’t win the MVP award but his play brought up a conversation that only the greats can deliver, one prompting fans and pundits to admit the MVP award doesn’t always go to the game’s greatest player. James tallied 30 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds as he led his Cavs team to a 94-82 win and a 2-0 series lead on head coach David Blatt’s 56th birthday. With Kyrie Irving out with a knee injury, James stepped in and played his role as well any "pure" point guard in the league. His passes found Iman Shumpert and Matthew Delladova open behind the arc, they found the darting Timofey Mozgov, and the rumbling Tristan Thompson.
The 60-win Atlanta Hawks have yet to get into their playoff gear, a time of the year where every aspect of your game needs to be done harder, faster, and better. The news got worse this afternoon as the NBA world learned that Hawks wing Kyle Korver is out for the rest of the postseason with an ankle injury. Korver put together one of the best shooting seasons in the game’s history this regular season.
Tonight Steph Curry has a chance to prove that maybe the MVP voters did get it right and weren’t just bored with excellence. Curry sure has been wonderful so far this series, posting back-to-back games of 33 and 34 points. His teams have won Game 1 and Game 2 by four points and one point respectively.
The Rockets return home to Houston and guard Jason Terry has identified Game 3 as the most important game of the series for his team. This season’s runner-up MVP, James Harden, has certainly matched Curry’s play. Game 2 felt like a heavyweight boxing match with the two stars going blow-for-blow. Let's hope that continues.
Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals tips-off tonight at 9 p.m. on ESPN.