I'm going to repost this, because it may have gotten lost in the shuffle:
Originally Posted by ChrisConley
LeBron can't win MVP. His team will not get enough wins. It doesn't matter what kind of stats he puts up because the definition of MVP in this day and age is best player on a top team. I think this makes sense too. If you play on a garbage team, and you are a top tier player, of course you will put up better stats than if you have other great players on your team. If LeBron dragged his sorry team to 50 wins then he might have an argument (like AI when he won it). But that won't happen, so he's not really even in the race no matter what Kelly Dwyer says.
The only two players in contention in my eyes are Kobe and Chris Paul. But Paul gets no press so I think Kobe will win in a landslide. However, I think Paul is having a more impressive season than Kobe, so I vote for Paul.
Though I support Paul, if Kobe won I'd be just as happy. He really does deserve it and I think he should have won at least one by now so he's due. I'm not saying that's why he should win it (he should win it b/c he's playing amazing and his team is on fire), just saying I'd love it if he did because he should have at least one by now.
Actually, I think it is more likely than not that the Cavs will achieve the 50 win mark. Cleveland is currently 35-26.
Here is their remaining schedule:
Thursday, March 6: @ Chicago
Saturday, March 8: vs Indiana
Monday, March 10: vs Portland
Wednesday, March 12: @ New Jersey
Thursday, March 13: @ Washington
Sunday, March 16: vs Charlotte
Monday, March 17: @ Orlando
Wednesday, March 19: vs Detroit
Friday, March 21: vs Toronto
Saturday, March 22: @ Milwaukee
Wednesday, March 26: vs New Orleans
Saturday, March 29: @ Detroit
Sunday, March 30: vs Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 2: @ Charlotte
Thursday, April 3: vs Chicago
Saturday, April 5: vs Orlando
Wednesday, April 9: vs New Jersey
Friday, April 11: @ Chicago
Sunday, April 13: vs Miami
Monday, April 14: @ Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 16: vs Detroit
The Cavs need to just go 15-6 in these final 21 games. That seems VERY possible, to me. That is especially true when you consider that they have gone 5-2 since the big trade and that has been without some key pieces (Big Z, Gibson, Pavlovic).
When those guys get healthy, this will be a team to be reckoned with. Z is due back next week. Gibson and Pavlovic will both be back in the next two weeks.
Also, the more games that these new guys play together, the better they will become. Szczerbiak has yet to have a really good shooting night. Delonte is still finding his way. Joe Smith will continue to grow in his role (he has been fantastic). Wallace will just be asked to get rebounds and play good help defense (he has done both very well since joining the team).
When looking at this schedule, I could actually see the Cavs winning more than 50 games... Maybe around 52.
Unless something catastrophic happens, I don't think 50 wins will be much of a problem.