by Micah Hart
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose – blah blah blah. For me, the MVP debate is finished after last night, and the man whose name should be on the trophy is Atlanta’s Al Horford.
Horford has now missed four games for Atlanta this season. Yes, the Hawks are 2-2 in those games. But the two wins were over Washington and Charlotte, which doesn’t move the needle much. The two losses, on the other hand, were to New Orleans and rejuvenated Philadelphia, and the Hawks lost those games by — let me make sure I have this right — a bajillion points. At home no less.
I can’t think of a single other NBA team that performs as poorly sans one player as the Hawks without Horford.
/checks standings, sees Cleveland
Oh. Right. Well, maybe a second-place vote for Horford then.