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Reacts: Is LeBron James out of the MVP race?

The number of games LeBron James has missed may keep him from his fifth MVP.

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The MVP Race

Before LeBron James went down with the ankle sprain that has kept him sidelined for the last 13 games, he was one of the favorites to win the MVP award, if not the favorite.

While James can still technically make a run at his fifth MVP award before the regular season comes to an end on May 16, injuries typically play a role in the voting for the end-of-season awards, and if the results of our latest poll are any indication of how the actual voters feel, James likely won’t get serious consideration.

To say that the games James has missed is the only reason he might not win MVP isn’t exactly correct either, though. Even before James got hurt, Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid were in the thick of the MVP race. Embiid has missed more games than James has this season, but his numbers are better and his team is the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Jokic hasn’t missed a game this season.

The MVP race isn’t over yet, but James might not have enough time to change voters’ minds.

Team confidence

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 93 percent of Lakers fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down slightly from 95 percent last week, but up from 63 percent two weeks ago.

When you look at where the Lakers are in the standings and their recover over the last 10 games, that may seem high, but when you add in the context that they’re coming off of a seven-game road trip in which they went 4-3 without James and Anthony Davis, it’s totally fair. In fact, it might even be a little low.

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