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According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey 77 percent of Clippers fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down from a full 100 percent last week and 88 percent the week before.
The Clippers, like every other team in the league, are working through a non-stop schedule to end the season. They have six games in the next 11 days as each team scrambles to get to 72 games. They haven’t had their full roster available since March 11, and several of their rotation players have yet to take the court together.
As a result, it’s unsurprising that more than two-thirds of fans around the NBA think the league condensed the schedule too much.
One major reason the league was so adamant on finishing this early is because of the expected 2021 Olympics this summer. However, only 44 percent of fans believe that’s a worthy reason for playing games at this pace.
While the schedule is difficult for everyone, some teams are having more success than others. That’s in large part due to the success of star players around the league. This year’s MVP race has seen a changing group of players from start to finish.
As the season nears its end, though, one player has emerged as the front runner for the award. 61 percent of fans nationally think Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokić is the league’s MVP. Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul was the next closest with 17 percent.
While Jokić appears to be the clear MVP, that doesn’t mean he’s considered the best player in the game right now. That title, according to fans, still goes to Lakers superstar LeBron James. Kawhi Leonard took two percent of the vote.
Paul’s re-emergence with the Suns has been a game-changer. The point guard was picked as the player who has made the biggest difference on his new team, far surpassing Brooklyn’s James Harden.
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