Two games remain and these two games have little meaning in terms of how the playoffs will go. Or do they? The Thunder still have some remaining offensive issues and without James Harden, they may still struggle late in games, even if they don't matter. We do know however that the Thunder finish their season against the Nuggets, and there is a strong possibility that they will encounter Denver yet again in the first round. Give no foothold.
James Harden's return is up in the air, and it is important to assign the correct understanding of what happened to him. Carlson writes that 'brain injury' underscores the gravity of the situation.
Young notes that the Thunder are locked in as the two seed, but potentially control their destiny in who they face.
The 5 on 5 group debates the situation and makes some good arguments as to how the league should handle Artest. I particularly like Arnovitz's take - if the league wants to deter this kind of dangerous action, then deter it.
Metta World Peace's devastating elbow to James Harden's head was an obvious act. The act itself is easy to judge. What is not so easy is how we consider this man, Ron Artest. I am on board with Clark's take here.
Which is not to say the take above is the obviously correct one. Magary offers an alternative view looked at through the lens of Gilbert Arenas. I think this argument has merit as well.
Of course, it always was clear, but we were all kind of biding our time waiting to see if an interesting story line would develop that might muscle the trophy away from LeBron James.
Pelton offers up his choices for various year-end awards. James Harden makes an appearance.
Hey, why not?