NBA MVP Candidate Reportedly Dealing With Nagging Injury


In a postgame press conference following the Oklahoma City Thunder’s triumph over the Utah Jazz, standout guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander disclosed that he is contending with a quad injury, stating, “Yeah, little banged up in my quad. Happened in the Utah game.” Additionally, Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault mentioned that the team is “monitoring” Gilgeous-Alexander’s injury:

“He’s banged up, for sure. He’s not 100%. We’re monitoring it, but he’s certainly not a hundred percent. I’ll let him speak on it.”

With a record of 50-21, the Thunder currently hold the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Moreover, they are just 0.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the best record in the Western Conference with 11 games remaining.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s MVP Contention The 25-year-old combo guard is experiencing the finest season of his burgeoning NBA career. Alongside his team’s remarkable success this season, Gilgeous-Alexander’s individual performance has propelled him into contention for the NBA MVP award. Presently, Gilgeous-Alexander (+225) trails only the Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (-150) as the betting favorite to secure the MVP award this year. This season, Gilgeous-Alexander earned his second consecutive All-Star selection, this time as a starter. Across 70 games played thus far, the Canadian native is averaging 30.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and a league-leading 2.1 steals per game. Additionally, he boasts an impressive shooting percentage of 54% from the field, including 36.7% from beyond the arc.

Recently, Gilgeous-Alexander discussed his inclusion in the MVP race, expressing his desire for the award:

“It’s a surreal feeling,” the Oklahoma City Thunder guard conveyed to Bleacher Report when discussing his presence in the MVP race. “You dream about it as a kid. I certainly have, wanting to be in the NBA my whole life. It’s something that I try not to put too much thought or emphasis on and let the chips fall where they may, but it’s something that I definitely want. If I achieve it and am blessed enough to get the award, I’ll be very happy.”

Furthermore, NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal recently voiced his endorsement of the Thunder guard as his MVP for this season:

“The MVP is SGA,” declared Shaq on TNT. “He meets my criteria and everybody else’s criteria. He’s the baddest player in the game and their team is 49-21.”

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