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Quinn Snyder explains why Paul George is in the MVP race

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Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder believes that Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Paul George deserves to be in the MVP conversation, per ESPN. Snyder’s statements came on the heels of a another masterclass performance from PG13 in their double-overtime thriller against the Jazz.

“Tip your hat to him for making that play,” Snyder said. “It’s a heckuva play and that’s why he is who he is. He’s right there in the MVP conversation. It certainly looked like that tonight.”

Most people think that this year’s MVP is down to a two-man race between Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. However, Paul George will definitely beg to differ.

The 6-time All-Star is absolutely killing it this season and his confidence is through the roof right now. He certainly warrants a lot of recognition as the primary scoring option of a now 38-20 third-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder squad. On the season, George is averaging 28.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.3 steals.

George came out to play especially today. It looked like he had a bit more swag and edge in his step, going up against the team that eliminated them in last year’s post-season. The two-way superstar made 17-of-31 from the field and knocked down five three-pointers to finish with 45 points, while adding nine rebounds, and seven assists in 50 grueling minutes.

Aside from his stellar all-around stat-line, George also had a couple of highlight clutch plays to help the Thunder fend off the surging Jazz. With three minutes left in overtime and the Thunder down by two, George had the audacity to go for a nasty windmill throwdown in transition.

And with less than ten seconds to go and the Thunder down by one in the second overtime, Oklahoma City put the game in PG13’s hands. And he delivered with a tough go-ahead floater to give OKC the 148-147 overtime victory.