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DeAndre Jordan has gotten over being snubbed as an All-Star, but Doc Rivers said it would be a crime worthy of an investigation if he was also snubbed for the defensive player of the year award. In fact, if Jordan was able to post better offensive numbers, there's no reason in Rivers' eyes he shouldn't be part of the MVP conversation. "He's clearly the defensive player of the year," Rivers said Sunday. "If anybody else gets that award, we need to have an investigation. … What he’s doing defensively, if he was doing that offensively, he would be recognized as the MVP or one of them, but because it's defense, no one notices." ESPN.com

Jordan started his 300th consecutive game on Sunday, the longest active streak in the NBA, but it wasn't until Blake Griffin was sidelined with a staph infection in his right elbow three weeks ago that Jordan received the attention Rivers felt was long overdue for the Clippers' 26-year-old center. "He gets every rebound," Rivers said. "And when he doesn't get it, it takes two guys to keep him off and allows the other guys to get rebounds. He's clearly very important for us." ESPN.com

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Based on this data, it appears as though Rudy Gobert and Andrew Bogut both have a good case to be selected as the defensive specialist for the Western Conference All-Star team this season. Gobert has the highest block percentage, holds opponents to the lowest field goal percentage at the rim and helps Utah’s defensive rating by a healthy 6.9 points while on the court. Bogut’s numbers are similarly good, but behind Gobert’s in most relevant categories. Basketball Insiders

The defense-void, dunk-filled exhibition served as a glimpse into the coming years for the T'wolves. Spoiler: It looks exciting, flashy and — just maybe — successful. "The future is bright for us," Wiggins said after his 22-point showing. "I think (four is) the most people (from one team) in a rookie-sophomore game. So it just shows a lot for the team. It shows us rising." USA Today Sports

February 13, 2015 Updates

"I think (the) media gets too much power to vote on stuff like that quite frankly I don't think you really know a lot about as much we know about it," Durant said when asked if MVP winners should be allowed to vote on the MVP like former Heisman Trophy winners are allowed to do with the annual award for the best college football player. "So we play against these guys every single night, we battle against these guys, we know what they say on the court, we know how they handle their teammates, we know how they approach the game, and our votes should count. Our opinions should count," Durant continued. "I don't think you guys know as much we do and I don't see why you have more power than we do." ESPN.com

"We really know these guys inside and out," Durant said of why players should vote for the awards. "There are a lot of guys that deserve Defensive Player of the Year or Sixth Man of the Year but you guys (decide sometimes because) they are not the sexier names. A lot of people will see the names of these players and don't look at the other guys that contribute to our game as well. You guys aren't in the scouting reports, you're not in the team meetings and the film sessions to really break down each player's games. I don't see why you have more power in voting than we do. We are out there on the court playing with them. We appreciate how you guys blow the game up and bring attention to the game but at the same time, to keep it pure, the players should have more say in that stuff." ESPN.com

"You guys vote on the MVP and I think MVP is a lot about narratives and what may happen during that time," Durant said when asked about the difference between a great season and a player having an MVP-type season. "There's a lot of guys that play extremely well for years and years and just starting to get MVP consideration. But I think that consistent play sometimes gets a little boring to people but if you look at a guy like James Harden, he's been doing it for three years, same things and people start to act like it's new. Steph Curry has been doing the same thing for three years and I guess the narrative (is) around their team but what he's been doing is new to everybody," Durant continued. "Once you guys really watch games and realize what these guys have been doing consistently for years, it's nothing new. It's all the same. I guess the hype around it is a little different so... of course everybody gets better but if you stay consistent in what you do it's not like they came out of nowhere." ESPN.com

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