Derrick Rose received a third-place vote for the 2011-2012 NBA MVP, placing him 10th in this season's voting. LeBron James took home the award for the third time in his career, coming a year after Rose garnered the honor.
With five points, but a third-place vote, Rose finished above Dwayne Wade (6 points), Russell Westbrook (4 points), Dirk Nowitzki (4 points), Tim Duncan (3 points) and Joe Johnson (1 point). Rose joined James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Kevin Love and Dwight Howard among those who received a third-place vote.
Rose played in only 39 games this season, averaging 21.8 points per game (down about 3 points from his 2010-2011 average) with 7.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game as well. Of course, Rose played hobbled for much of the season, which contributed to his career-low shooting percentage of .435.
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The short week has Las Vegas oddsmakers less optimistic about the Bears as they head to Detroit to take on the Lions.
Even after an impressive win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, Chicago still opened as only three-point favorites for their Thanksgiving matchup, according to Vegas Insider.
This comes only two weeks after the Bears were favored by nearly a touchdown over the Lions back on Nov. 11.
Playing on the road instead of at Soldier Field may be a factor in the betting line, but the tighter spread is still surprising considering Chicago’s last few results.
Perhaps even more surprising is that the number hasn’t moved even with the unknowns surrounding Mitchell Trubisky’s shoulder injury.
Either Las Vegas doesn’t think he’s going to miss the game, or they don’t think there will be much of a dropoff with backup Chase Daniel in his place.
The over/under of 44 points is also a little bit on the low side compared to other lines in Week 12, especially since these two teams combined for 56 points just two weeks ago.
The short week of preparation will have both teams scrambling, likely with neither at their best, so maybe the matchup does have potential to be a little more close with a little less scoring.
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