Dwight Howard Injury Gives James Harden Chance to Swing NBA MVP Race

February 3rd, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

James Harden's NBA MVP case is already strong. So strong, in fact, it's difficult—nigh impossible—for him to have a sturdier one.

Dwight Howard's latest injury gives him the opportunity to make the inconceivable a reality.

If there's a comforting prospect to the road ahead, it's this, because it's impossible to find other breaks in the clouds. Howard is expected to miss at least a month while nursing his right knee, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, leaving the Houston Rockets down one superstar at the worst possible time.

The Western Conference's postseason race isn't just heating up; it's on fire. Four games separate the No. 2 seed from the No. 6 seed. The Rockets themselves are clinging to third place, three games behind the second-place Memphis Grizzlies and a half-game in front of the Los Angeles Clippers.

One game-long misstep could cost the Rockets home-court advantage, thrusting them into an unideal first-round matchup, insofar as an ideal opponent actually exists in the ultracompetitive Western Conference. If they're to hold firm or even bridge the current gap between t ...

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