Originally written on Around the Arc  |  Last updated 3/2/13
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MVP candidate Tony Parker went down with an ankle injury last night, and if we have learned anything about Spurs' coach Greg Popovich, we probably won't see Parker again until the playoffs.The Spurs will be fine, as they have already stacked up a nice record for themselves (best in the NBA to be exact) and are generally excellent at plugging in pieces to combat the wear and tear of the regular season.Thus, the part that sticks out about this story is the fact that Parker's injury all but seals up the NBA MVP award for LeBron James.LeBron, who is already a three-time NBA MVP and is arguably playing some of the best ball of his career, probably would have taken the hardware home anyway, but Parker was a popular pick to challenge 'The King' for his crown.You can mention Kevin Durant and Chris Paul as contenders, as both have been playing excellent ball this season, but in all actuality with Parker out of the picture,  LeBron will likely coast to his fourth MVP trophy.--In other news, I...
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