NBA Announces 2016-17 MVP Finalists, LeBron James Not Among Them

That's what we witnessed on Friday night as LeBron James and the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Boston Celtics an old school, backyard woodshed ass whuppin' that seems simultaneously effortless yet packed with the unrelenting intensity of someone taking out all their revenge fantasies on a hapless victim of circumstance.

James says his only concern is being the Cavaliers' MVP each and every night, and he was just that in their Game 2 win over the Boston Celtics. The Celtics just needed a game to acclimate themselves and prove to everyone they were as legit as their Eastern Conference No. 1 seed ranking indicated, right?

Shortly afterward, James went out and delivered an MVP-like performance, collecting 30 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three blocks as the Cavaliers rolled to a?

He was a plus-46 in the game and had a net rating of 70.5.

The Celtics will have a better idea of Thomas' status for Game 3 when he undergoes additional tests on Saturday. And he was pretty despondent not to be able to play.

MVP awards are a nice feather in the cap, but ask Russell Westbrook and James Harden if they like sitting at home watching the rest of the playoffs. Some people have even said his achievements this season are even more impressive than those of the Big O in the 1961-1962 because of the changes in the game since then, and they're not wrong. In winning his second scoring title in three seasons, the 6-3 guard paced the National Basketball Association in games with at least 20 points (72), 30 points (44), 40 points (18) and 50 points (four). This league knows what I bring to the table. There is no value that can be calculated to represent how much Lebron brings to the table.

James was informed about his MVP finalist snub following Friday's game, but the star forward made it clear that he values team success over individual accolades. Obviously. And yet LeBron let those same Celtics - and yes, he absolutely let them - win more games than the Cavs.

He's the best player in the game. "But they just wanted to give it to somebody else, but it's fine".

Malcolm Brogdon #13 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives against Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 29, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. "It's hard to take". Gordon, in his first season as a non-starter, set the record for most 3-pointers for a player off the bench. The 6-foot-11 forward had a number of jaw-dropping games, including the beginning of the season when he scored 50 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the season opener, followed by 45 points and 17 rebounds in the second game of the season.

None. The trio of LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 74 points on 27-of-43 (62.8 percent). Shots near the basket were contested - at times blocked - and Cleveland consistently played with physicality. Points allowed off turnovers: 23.

Channing Frye pointed to voter fatigue when it comes to James, who has already won four MVPs and been named to the All-NBA first team 11 times.

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