Opinion: Curry leading MVP race

By: Austin Gill ~Copy Editor~ The NBA’s MVP race has been neck-and-neck all season and, with only weeks to go until playoffs, it’s as close as ever. With decorated resumes, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Stephen Curry remain the top candidates vying for 2015’s distinction. Westbrook has shouldered the load over Oklahoma City’s injury-plagued season with eye-popping single-game averages of 27.6 points (shooting 42.5 percent, 8.6 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals). He also leads the league with nine triple-doubles. The tired knock on Westbrook is that he’s a ball-hogger. His sky-high usage percentage of 38.1 would seem to reflect … Continue reading Opinion: Curry leading MVP race

Opinion: NBA All-Star weekend

Stephen Curry, Zach LaVine shine in skills competitions By: Austin Gill ~Copy Editor~ For those reluctant to watch the NBA’s annual All-Star game and its characteristic lack of defense, 2015 offered much of the same. Sunday’s game featured some wild shots and acrobatic finishes, but the low-effort spectacle was, as usual, absurd. The West outlasted the East, 163-158, behind Russell Westbrook’s 41 points. Westbrook, a point guard, tacked on just one assist to earn the game’s MVP award. It was not the All-Star game, but the three-point contest and the dunk contest that proved rousing for All-Star weekend. Golden State’s … Continue reading Opinion: NBA All-Star weekend