DENVER — It was an interesting question for
Do you feel you are at an MVP status based on your recent accomplishments and performances for the
"Naw, I think the MVP race is a two-man race," Griffin responded.
And in the eyes of most
But Griffin has joined the conversation as an MVP candidate — even if he and others are considered to be in the next tier behind Durant and James.
Griffin was sixth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game before the Clippers played the
He had scored 20-plus points in 26 consecutive games before the Clippers played the Nuggets, averaging 27.3 points on 55.2% shooting during that stretch.
He was 13th in the league in rebounding, averaging 9.7. He was 14th in field-goal percentage, making 53.5% of his shots. He was tied for fifth in double-doubles with 38.
"This stretch of games that we've played, we've been successful," said Griffin, who was named the Western Conference player of the week by the NBA on Monday for the week of March 10-16. "It's been a huge team effort.
"Guys have stepped up and really done their part. So with our team, I don't think it's one guy that is making us go. I genuinely believe it's been a total effort."
Still, Rivers was asked whether he should say something about center
Jordan leads the NBA in rebounds (13.8) and he's fourth in blocked shots (2.41).
Crawford, who sat out his fifth consecutive game with a strained left calf Monday, is second on the Clippers in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game.
"I do like our guys receiving stuff that they deserve," Rivers said. "I'll always speak out for that. But I'm not going to go on a publicity tour. I think people, everybody knows."
Collison out again
Clippers starting guard
Collison missed his second straight game because of the illness.
The Clippers have four days off before they play again Saturday against the
"It's good we have a couple of days off," Rivers said. "So he should be good."