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- IRVING DESERVES TO BE AN MVP CANDIDATE
WHEN will it end! The Celtics overcame the reigning champions on Friday and then surged back from 13 down in the 4th against the Mavericks yesterday. Boston’s win streak now sits at 16 thanks largely to now MVP candidate Kyrie Irving. His 22.9 PPG and 5.1 APG averages might not scream best player in the league, but the eye test is all you need, with the new Celt wowing on a nightly basis and coming through in the clutch like a man possessed. Harden is probably at the top of the MVP food chain and right now Kyrie is working his way up the leaderboard (tied with Giannis at 3rd, behind the King IMO).
- I’D HATE TO BE THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS RIGHT NOW
BEFORE the season I predicted the Bucs (4-6) would win the NFC South. Lol. Not only will they NOT be crowned division winners, after Week 11 action they may be the only NFC South team who will miss the playoffs. Both wildcard spots have been snapped up by the 7-3 Carolina Panthers and 6-4 Atlanta Falcons thanks to division leaders New Orleans (8-2) owning the 3rd seed as it stands right now. Winston and Co will have to wait until 2018 to eat some more W’s.
- MICHAEL PORTER JR’S FRESHMAN SEASON IS DONE AND DUSTED
2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 minutes. That’s what Michael Porter Jr’s freshman season stats will forever read. Missouri confused the hell out of us with the sketchy nature of Porter’s leg/hip/ankle/lower body injury and news broke on Wednesday that spinal surgery will sideline him for the next 3-4 months. Effectively, that means the season is over for the player currently sitting at No. 1 on most NBA mock draft boards, with a real possibility MPJ will declare for the draft in April and forgo adding to his college career stats.
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- AMERICA IS TORN BETWEEN BRADY AND WENTZ
WITH each NFL team completing 10 games of football it’s hard to disagree that the Patriots and Eagles aren’t the best teams in their respective conferences. Led by second-year sensation QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia is a league-best 9-1 with residents making plans for the SuperBowl parade already. On the other side of the ball, New England (8-2) has Tom Brady. Enough said. Who is the true MVP of the season as it stands though? Right now I honestly can’t split them and this race could go down to the wire.
2017 stats from Wentz and Brady through Week 11:
Wentz – 2430 YDS, 25 TD (league best), 5 INT, 103.4 RAT
Brady – 3146 YDS (league best), 22 TD, 2 INT, 110. 4 RAT (league best)
- TWO VERY DIFFERENT MLB MVP RACES
JOSE Altuve was always going to claim the AL MVP honours and Giancarlo Stanton was a worthy NL winner. Each award race panned out very differently though. Altuve raced away to his first MVP crown receiving 27 of a possible 30 first placed votes. Staton on the other hand only polled 10 in his conference, with four other players earning first placed finishes in the eyes of voters. That set the stage for the Marlins slugger to claim the league’s highest individual honour with 302 votes just two votes ahead of runner-up Joey Votto (300) in the closest MVP race since a tie in ’79.
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- DETROIT AND ORLANDO ARE COMING BACK TO EARTH
REMEMBER when Detroit and Orlando were the early Cinderella stories of the year? We all knew they would come crashing down sooner or later and last week they inevitably faceplanted back to reality. It is worth pointing out that even though they combined to go 1-7 last week both teams faced some tough opposition. Things don’t get easier next week, with the Magic starting a four-game road trip in Minnesota and the Pistons squaring off with OKC in OKC before they then meet the streaking Celtics.
- CP3 IS BACK AND HOUSTON ARE ROLLING
EARLY signs point to the Rockets thriving with Chris Paul back in uniform. Houston has won their last two games by 48 points with the 9x All-Star back in the lineup. I was a firm believer that Paul and Harden would find a way to co-exist and so far things look like they are going to pan out. With a cushy set of games on the horizon, the W’s could keep flowing.
- THE TOP FOUR STAYS THE SAME WITH ONE MINOR SHUFFLE
WITH the nation’s highest strength of schedule Miami was rewarded for their win over Virginia by moving into second in the newest College Football Playoff rankings. The Hurricanes survived an early scare to produce a solid win, turnover chain and all, over Virginia. The rest of their top four friends #1 Alabama (56-0), #3 Clemson (61-3) and #4 Oklahoma (41-3) all cruised to massive wins too.