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08:06 AM ET 11.21 | Among a list that includes the likes of Omer Asik, Larry Sanders, Jrue Holiday and J.R. Smith, O.J. Mayo, who is averaging a career-high 21.8 points per game -- after seasons of 11.3 and 12.6 in Memphis -- to go along with a career-high average of more than 34 minutes per game, may lead the pack. He has been shooting so well (60 percent on 3s), he has been hanging around in the MVP rankings 'round here. Can't expect him to stay ahead of Kobe Bryant over there, can we? Without him (as the Mavs wait for Dirk Nowitzki to come back from knee surgery), the Mavs could have been Wizard material. But the guy who everyone always said could be a terrific featured scorer has kept Dallas afloat.

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November 21, 2012  09:10 AM ET

How he plays with Dirk is what matters.

November 21, 2012  09:16 AM ET

*Yawn* So he was overrated coming outta college and underachieved his whole career..NOW he's the most improved? Seems like he is where he should have been in the first place..

November 21, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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OJ is playing lights out. Too bad the coach didn't trust him to make the game winning shot. And I don't get why Carlisle is not taking advantage of Kaman at the low post a lot more.

That's BS. They took what the defense gave. OJ was well defended on that last play, it's too bad his team mate Marion cannot knock down a VERY open 16-foot shot. GREAT pass by Mayo, and he didn't force a shot just because he was hot.

November 21, 2012  09:28 AM ET

btw missing on the MIP list is derozan and Batum.

Batum may end up winning.

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November 21, 2012  10:01 AM ET

O.J. And Mayo Is A Nasty Combination, Bro.

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November 21, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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its early- even jr smith is playing under control-

Chandler should use tonite's match up as redemption. Kaman destroyed him in the first game.

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November 21, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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Chandler should use tonite's match up as redemption. Kaman destroyed him in the first game.

And who exactly won the first game? Exactly....boy I tell you and that other backhanded Knicks fan are quite a cuppa tea. Winning is all that matters....remember you Melo post, now you got words for Chandler...putzs you and him!

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November 21, 2012  10:37 AM ET

Means nothing. He was on a contending team and couldn't do much. So scoring on a sucky team proves nothing then what memphis thought. This kid needs too much touches for a simple 15-18 pts a game. Someone has to score on a sucky team.........

November 21, 2012  11:41 AM ET
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Means nothing. He was on a contending team and couldn't do much. So scoring on a sucky team proves nothing then what memphis thought. This kid needs too much touches for a simple 15-18 pts a game. Someone has to score on a sucky team.........

Go tell that to the Wizards.

November 21, 2012  11:56 AM ET
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Go tell that to the Wizards.

lol hey even someone on that wizards squad is avg 18-20 pts a game giving another team a false image of that player being good.

November 21, 2012  12:05 PM ET

Once Dirk gets back they'll be much more formidable on offence. I agree with the earlier post re. Kaman. He's got it rolling right now. Feed the ball to that man!

 
November 21, 2012  01:56 PM ET
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And who exactly won the first game? Exactly....boy I tell you and that other backhanded Knicks fan are quite a cuppa tea. Winning is all that matters....remember you Melo post, now you got words for Chandler...putzs you and him!

You just don't get the point that 'fans' whatever you define that to mean can say whatever they want to whenver... Melo's averaging more rebounds than Chandler. That should tell you something about the defensive player of the year... yikes.

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