The First Team pretty much featured who you would expect in MVP candidates: Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James.
Of course the Pelicans added elite center DeMarcus Cousins late in the season, but even at the time of the trade, they were only 3.5 games out of the playoffs.
It probably should have happened before now, but John Wall has finally made his first All-NBA team.
At this point in his career, the NBA Finals MVP should mean more to James.
Collective eyebrows were raised on Friday as LeBron James was omitted from the three-man shortlist for the NBA MVP Award and his Cleveland Cavaliers team-mates were suitably baffled. They like to say he's a ring-chaser and that he abandoned the team that drafted him, just for a bigger spotlight.
"It was a good 48-minute game for us on both ends of the ball".
Wall, who just completed his seventh season in the National Basketball Association, has developed into one of the game's best point guards.
The finalists for the 2017 NBA MVP Award are in, and for the first time in a quite a while, LeBron James is not on the list.
Playing point guard, he finished first in total assists and second in total points, averaging 29.1 points, 11.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals on the season.
Smart, who started in place of Thomas, made seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, and Bradley had 20 for the Celtics, who were given little chance after losing by 44 in Game 2 and then losing Thomas for the rest of the postseason because of a hip injury.
After outsprinting the Cavaliers to the No. 1 seed in the East and home-court advantage in the final weeks of the season, the Celtics squandered it by losing both games in Boston - without ever having a lead.
I don't believe in giving MIP to sophomores because they should get significantly better in Year 2 after they know what the league is all about.
"I think it's the same process", James said, per James Herbert of CBS Sports.
Oklahoma City's Westbrook and Houston's Harden have been considered the top two contenders for the MVP throughout the season. The 2012 Kentucky basketball national champion averaged career highs in points (28.0) and rebounds (11.8) this season to go along with 2.2 blocks per game.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue also did not know about the finalists being released until his postgame news conference but joked that based on the way James played - helping the Cavs build a 50-point lead at one point - he wouldn't be surprised if James did. However, Anthony Davis was relied upon each and every night to carry his team as the main guy while still performing at a high level. The Wizards won 17 games in a row at home and won their division for the first time in four decades.
That one was critical to clinching Cleveland's first championship since the Browns won the National Football League title in 1964.
Cavaliers: James is first player with at least 30 points in eight straight playoff games since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970.
James helped Boston's comeback by going 0 for 6 and scoring just one point in the final 18 minutes.
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