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Blake Griffin has taken his game to a new level in the playoffs. Griffin is averaging 25.4 points, 13.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Griffin has recorded a double-double in all nine playoff games, including three triple-doubles. With Chris Paul out for the first two games of the series against the Houston Rockets, Griffin has also become more of a vocal leader in the huddle.
With that in mind, columnist Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops.com joined Yahoo! Sports Radio host Geoff Kethcum to discuss the rise of Griffin, Paul’s injury and the rest of the playoffs.
Kevin Durant is going to be the MVP. There's no stopping him, and nobody is doing anything remotely close to what he is doing on offense for Oklahoma City. He might even win the award unanimously.
So that steers the MVP argument toward who should finish second, and I have been making the case for two weeks now that Blake Griffin is the most deserving candidate (although his missed FT late in regulation against the Pelicans was especially costly last night).
I have Griffin ranked No. 2 (and Joakim Noah ranked No. 3) in my latest MVP rankings, with LeBron James fourth. And after the Heat lost yet again last night, falling in Indiana, I would say my argument has been strengthened.
That was one of the topics of discussion this morning on AM830-KLAA on the Travis Rodgers show, but we also hit upon how Phil Jackson will try to rebuild the Knicks, how long the mediocrity window will stay open for the Los Angeles Lakers, and several other hot NBA topics. Enjoy.
I caught some grief from all corners today after news came out that I was the only voter among 125 who had Blake Griffin second, behind Kevin Durant and ahead of LeBron James, in the NBA's Most Valuable Player voting.
Quite frankly, I am stunned I was the only one. Doc Rivers made the case in April that Griffin was the better No. 2 candidate, and that was something I decided, too, over the final two months of the season -- a time when the Los Angeles Clippers were defeating all comers and the Miami Heat were blowing a chance to win the No. 1 spot in the East.
Here are five reasons why I voted Blake ahead of LeBron. I elaborate in this podcast.
1. Griffin had the best year of his career as the Clippers had the most successful season in franchise history.
2. The award is about value to a player's team. The Clippers had a better year than the Heat, and Griffin was the main reason why -- especially when he carried the team during Chris Paul's injury absence. Lest you forget, the Clippers (57-15) won three more games than the Heat (54-28).
3. The Heat had eight more losses than they did a year ago. Buy their own standards, they had a subpar season. They lost to a ton of bad teams.
4. The Clippers put up those 57 wins in a much tougher contest than the one Miami plays in.
5. Griffin had a 31-game stretch in which he scored 20 or more points. That is sustained greatness. LeBron's longest such streak was 10, accomplished twice.
If you need more, it is right there for you in this segment from the NBA channel on Sirius Radio.. Enjoy.
Get ready for our All-Star Extravaganza! Our featured guest will be quite busy during All-Star weekend, but we did get a brief chat with him while his Clippers were in Toronto. Yes, superstar rookie and Dunk Machine, BLAKE GRIFFIN is on the show! As well, we have Bobby C and Brad Graham of Buckets Magazine who will be covering the big game "live" from Los Angeles. This is an episode not to be missed! The Breakdown -- For Hoops Talk, The Way It Should Be!!!
ChabDog and Rene "I make all the right" Betts look in on all-important Game 5 of the Memphis-GSW series
Can the quintessential Grizzlies Zach and Gasol bully their way to another take back of the hca?
Will Golden State run wild as in Game 1 or be a bunch of jump shooters with no inside presence?
Will Tony Allen be bogus, or will Bogut be an animal?
A discussion of the Chicago-Cleveland slugfest and the other conflicts, including why Blake needs no chariot.
We are on tonight talking sports, from the NBA, NHL, Golf and MLB. Let's begin with LeBron's game winning shot which tied the series 2-2 Cavs vs Bulls. Clippers look great, Grizzles prime to upset Warriors? Will Wizards hold off the Hawks? We will discuss Ricky Fowler's big win at the 5th Major Players Championship. What will the NFL do with Tom Brady? then in NHL Ducks advance and Rangers stay alive. We have our segment "I'm Sorry" where we admit to being wrong about a player or team. We close with MLB looking at Yankkes, Royals, Astros and what is wrong with Clayton Kershaw? Join us 5PM ET Call 718-664-9098 @RaeAndTayToday www.raeandtaytoday.com
Kelly Scaletta of Bleacher Report stops by to talk the end of Chicago's season.
In addition Eberley, Snottie, and Scaletta discuss Rockets-Clippers game 7, and preview the Conference Finals.
The hottest new show out! Saturday @ 10 am eastern. We're talking Tim Duncan's career vs Kobe Bryant's career, Tom Brady lied, cheat and steals air, NBA Playoffs and should Alex Rodriguez get an asterisk on his homeruns for after moving past Wille Mays and the other greats. Special guest Danny Thompson. Call in (516) 418-5946 and give your two cents.
Game-winners, buzzer-beaters, and physical play headline another action-packed week of NBA playoff basketball.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, led by the ever-so-consistent LeBron James, are headed back to the Eastern Conference Finals after eliminating the Chicago Bulls in six games.
Second Round Update:
(1) Atltanta Hawks vs. (5) Washington Wizards: 3-2
(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (3) Chicago Bulls: 4-2 (Cavaliers advance to Eastern Conference Finals)
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (5) Memphis Grizzlies: 3-2
(2) Houston Rockets vs. (3) Los Angeles Clippers: 3-3
Be sure to join the boys from NBA Live Talk every Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. EST, only on Blog Talk Radio!
~ May Series: Diversity in the Workplace ~
Blake McCammon joins the Latest HR Latte Conversation: Diversity in the Workplace
HR Latte chats with Blake McCammon, CMO at Protohack and Director of Content Marketing & Communications and long-time Community Manager at top HR blog, Blogging4Jobs. Blake will share personal experiences and talk about what his experiences have been related to age bias in the workplace. A Young Professional discussing what kind of biases or discriminations he and other have faced.
Join us for a quick impact conversation about Diveristy in the Workplace and youth bias.
HR Latte is a fast-paced, quick hit show where you can expect not only surprises but the information you need to know for success in the world of talent management.
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Blake McCammon - @rblake, ProtoHack - @ProtoHack and Blogging4Jobs @Blogging4Jobs
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