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MMPG: Player of the Week

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers


No baller can ball quite like I can ... Awww, I'm bad. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

The reason LeBron James has been the front-runner for the league's most valuable player award is because he constantly does whatever is necessary for the Cleveland Cavaliers to win. If the team needs him to get 30 or more, he gets it. If his teammates get hot and need a distributor, he can set them up with the best. If the Cavaliers need him to get a triple double, he can get that, too.

Although the Cavaliers were not at their best last week, they won four games because James refused to let them lose. James helped his team avoid an embarrassing loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter as Cleveland came back from a 19-point deficit to win, 87-83. James, the league's second-leading scorer, finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Two nights later, he had another triple-double in a 118-111 win over Phoenix, with 34 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds and an incredible block (yeah, I know it should've been called a foul) on Jason Richardson as Richardson attempted a 360-degree dunk on a fastbreak.

He had a streak of three consecutive triple doubles -- the most since Michael Jordan had three in a row in 1989 -- come to an end against Sacramento on Friday, but finished with 51 points in a 126-123 overtime win over the Kings. James capped his busy week with 19 points and 10 rebounds against New York. But in Cleveland's four victories, James averaged 34 points, 10.8 assists and 8.8 rebounds.



By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2009; 11:03 AM ET
 
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