The NBA announced Friday that Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo won the league’s Most Valuable Player award for the second straight season. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to the best record in the NBA while averaging career highs in scoring and rebounds. LeBron James was 2nd in the MVP voting, receiving 16 1st votes. Houston’s James Harden finished 3rd in the voting. For James, finishing 2nd in the MVP voting after being named 1st Team All-NBA is yet another marker of his excellence in coming back from the most severe injury of his career in 2018-19
Every good team but one ends its season with a loss. The Rockets, however, don’t just fall short. They build hope.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers were there waiting. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers were right on the doorstep. One more win would have set up a Western Conference finals showdown between the Los Angeles teams, the top two seeds who share residence at Staples Center.