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Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni pleads with an official for a foul call during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Sunday

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni pleads with an official for a foul call during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Sunday

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The Thunder, on the other hand, shoot only 25.8 3-pointers a game and make only 8.4 of those attempts on a nightly basis.

The last NBA Player to do that? They run you off the line and they wait for Russell Westbrook to grab a rebound and ram it down your throat. What Westbrook (31.6 points, 10.4apg, 10.7rpg) and Harden (29.1ppg, 11.2apg, 8.1rpg) achieved during the regular season was nothing short of remarkable, and the debate has been heated and diverse on just which player has made the biggest imprint and deserves to hoist that MVP gong. We generate our Bing sports predictions in two stages. "We have more than enough in this locker room to compete with anybody in the league". To say we don't trust the Spurs is an understatement.

Westbrook doesn't want to talk about the triple-doubles, but they are a critical component for the Thunder. Westbrook's 42 triple-doubles, which is now an National Basketball Association record, is as big a statistical anomaly as I've seen.

But Bontemps' ultimate rationale came after he gave the San Antonio roster a close look.

He had to attack. The two teams are very similar in the way they operate. You have got to have the power drive to score. So, is that why this is such a rare accomplishment?

On the interior, Clint Capela and Nene are the big men that can cause problems under the rim. But it might if the other MVP contender does. The Thunder are 4-1 all-time in the playoffs when Westbrook gets a triple-double.

Fifty-five seasons later, Westbrook put together a campaign for the ages of his own. Patrick Beverley draws the unenviable task of trying to slow down Westbrook, but he's as capable a defender as you'll find at the point guard position. Without James Harden, the Houston Rockets likely make it in as an eight seed in the Western Conference. In the West, Bing predicts Houston to prevail over Oklahoma City in another much-anticipated First Round series.

OSCAR ROBERTSON: Look what he did. That's an accomplishment that has been 55 long years in the brewing and which many believed might never be achieved again. Why shouldn't he be the MVP? "I think he'll be the same as he always is". Usually overpowered and outgunned, the Thunder often needed every point, rebound and assist from Westbrook to stay within striking range on most nights.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. It's exhausting and Gordon and Williams are too good on the offensive end not to play 20 minutes a game each.

It's going to happen so many times. The fouls will be harder. Threes may or may not fall; the Thunder can only pray they get lucky. You have to go out there with a objective and know what you're trying to execute, whether it's defensively or offensively, your schemes, know your personnel, knowing your plays in a nutshell. The Hawks got back into things after not trading virtual cornerstone Paul Millsap, but they don't have a star-level guy anywhere near the level of Wall. So, they're going to move forward. There is no real dominant team.

So, I guess something is going to happen pretty soon whereby that may change. This doesn't become an individualistic match-up in its entirety like we'd love to see. However, according to FiveThirtyEight.com, Curry's value can't be measured fully using traditional stats (though his 324 long balls are second in National Basketball Association history to the outrageous 402 he made last year).

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