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How Far Should We Look Into Lebron James’s and Kevin Durant’s Games This Past Week To Determine An MVP?
Alex: One game shouldn’t determine a MVP for any player. It is the overall body of work that should determine an MVP. If we are going off of that I think KD has the slight advantage over “The King”. After LeBron’s 61 point game he scored 22 and missed the game winning shot. He shouldn’t lose the MVP off of that game, so he can’t win one off of his 61 point game, right Chris?
Chris: Agreed Alex, if we are at the end of the season, and the MVP race is as tight as it is right now, are we going to look at Lebron’s 61-point outing against the Bobcats as the tie breaker? Of course not, so let’s not get carried away. Durant has been doing his thing all season long. The MVP award should be given out on a player’s overall season, not based on one game or even a series of games. So please, SportsCenter, give it a break.
Alex: Well put Chris, ESPN would talk about LeBron’s hot coffee before talking about a huge game for KD. If it’s up to the media LeBron will win, but if it is based on overall play of the season, like my partner Chris said, Kevin Durant will win.
Chris: Exactly! What grinds my gears more than anything is the fact that the media was so quick to point out that KD’s big game was against a lowly Sixers team, (not to mention he didn’t even play in the fourth quarter), but completely ignored the fact that Lebron’s 61 point game was also against a bad team. Completely unacceptable.
In An Unpredictable ACC Basketball Season, Who Is Your Pick To Win The ACC Tournament And Why?
Alex: I’m not quite sure if I’m going with the favorite or not here, but both Chris and I like UVA. They play solid defense, in fact the best in the country, and that was the reason I liked the Orange earlier in the season. Defense wins the big games, and not to mention UVA’s best player, Joe Harris, had a dreadful game versus the Orange, and they still won.
Chris: As Alex previously said I also like UVA, top to bottom they are made to win. They have arguably two of the best seniors in the ACC in Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell. Not to mention that the ACC coach of the year should be Tony Bennett. UVA wins with their tight defense and methodical offense. Most importantly, they don’t come up short against teams they should beat on a nightly basis (I’m looking at you Duke and Syracuse).
Alex: Geez Chris we are agreeing a lot in this mailbag. I totally agree with Tony Bennett being ACC coach of the year, but I would even take it a step further and say he should be in the running for NCAA coach of the year. They way he has got the players to buy into the team is not something you see in the NCAA a whole lot. Coach Bennett should be proud, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they made a run in the Tournament.
Chris: We should stop getting Applebee’s together so often. If I’m a UVA fan, (which I admit that I am), I should be elated that the Cavaliers aren’t getting the national attention that they deserve. It will only help their tournament chances as they continue to fly under the radar.
Is Moving The PAT Back To The 25 Yd. Line A Good Or Bad Idea For The NFL?
Alex: Horrid idea. They kick from so close for a reason, because it’s a chip shot, and it rarely gets messed up. Weren’t we just talking about how we should just get rid of them and make a touchdown worth seven points? Now we want to make it harder? I don’t get it, and I think it’s a dumb idea, so NFL stop trying to change a great game.
Chris: Stop reading my mind Alex. I’m beginning to feel as if the NFL has something against kickers. First, they make kickoffs so easy that a lineman could force a touchback; now they want to make the PAT a 45 yarder? This would be the worst idea the NFL has had since the tuck-rule. The game is already the most exciting sport in the country. It would cause way more problems than solutions.
Wednesday Night Wake Forest Upset #4 Duke By TEN! Where Does This Put Duke’s Chances To Win Not Only The ACC Tournament, But Also The NCAA Tournament?
Alex: This may be one of the most shocking losses of the season, partly because of the way Wake beat the Blue Devils. Winning by 10 is impressive, much less if it is against a top five team. This now puts UVA in a good position for a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, but also may move Duke to a third or fourth seed, and if I saw Duke as a fourth seed, as a team, I would be afraid to play in that half of the bracket. They always have a chance to win because of their coach, and the talent of the players on the team. So they may get a low seed, but watch out because they may be that bracket buster.
Chris: This loss definitely puts a damper on Duke’s shot to win the ACC tournament, but that is only because Coach K is not concerned with something as small as a conference title. He has his eyes set on a national championship and so do his players. What this loss may do, however, is give other teams the a blueprint of how to beat them in the big dance.
Alex: Chris you don’t think Coach K wants to win a conference championship? He wants to win every game, and if he could win the ACC Tournament that would be a huge boost going into the NCAA Tournament. Winning these small tournaments really do mean something too. UConn, when they won the National Championship, won every game in every tournament they played in, from the Maui Invite, to the conference championship, to the big dance, so Coach K knows that if he can get his team to win the ACC Tournament, they may be able to win it all.
Chris: Of course we wants to win the conference tournament, but that doesn’t mean that he’s going to stress that to his team. They are a young and obviously a fatigued bunch, and if they put it in cruise control through the ACC tournament, they will have more of a chance at being 100 percent for the NCAA tournament. Playing all out, especially in a tough conference such as the ACC, will burn them out before it actually matters.
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