Lakers’ Vogel backs LeBron, AD for awards

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If the NBA is going to determine its awards for the 2019-20 season based on games played up to when it went on hiatus March 11, Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel thinks L.A.’s final weekend before the break should be seriously considered.

The Lakers beat Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-103, on March 6 and then downed Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers, 112-103, two days later.

Vogel says that LeBron James‘ performance in those two games exemplified his case for MVP, while Anthony Davis‘ work in the two wins showed why he should be Defensive Player of the Year.

“In that weekend, LeBron took the toughest assignment in both games. He guarded Kawhi in the Clippers game and did a great job with him there. And then he guarded Giannis in the Bucks game when AD was in foul trouble and did a great job in those two situations,” Vogel said on a video conference call with reporters Saturday. “I think that weekend was probably a great indicator or a great measuring stick.”

James, 35, has won four MVP awards but his last came in 2012-13. Since then, he’s had two second-place and two third-place finishes for the honor.

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