MAILBAG: Lakers' Future, Celtics' Title Stock, Russell Westbrook, Scoring Title, MVP Criteria, Pacers, Herb Jones

MAIL TIME. Hardwood Knocks' latest trip down YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED LANE covers LeBron James' push for the scoring title; the Los Angeles Lakers' future and Russell Westbrook's trade stock; the Boston Celtics' surge up the standings; teams that could make moves over the offseason; the best performances from MVP candidates; the impact of team success on the MVP race; the Indiana Pacers' poor crunch-time play; Herb Jones' defense; a hypothetical, three-point-shooting-only lineup; and MUCH more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️ ???? Intro (0:30) ???? Which team will make the most/biggest changes over the offseason? (3:17) ???? Future of the Lakers and Russell Westbrook (9:02) ???? Do the Cavs need to sign a center after Jarrett Allen's injury? (15:45) ???? Are the Celtics legitimate threats to come out of the East? (18:16) ???? Career trajectories for top-five picks from the 2021 draft (26:49) ???? Favorite secondary creators (32:43) ???? Will defense-and-dunk guards like Bruce Brown and Gary Payton II become a growing trend? (37:19) ???? Which MVP candidate has the best marquee performance of the year? (43:41) ???? How much should team success/supporting casts impact the MVP race? (47:56) ???? Building an offensive lineup and defensive lineup for a game in which you can ONLY SHOOT THREES (53:00) ???? Are the Pacers historically bad in close games? (58:02) ???? HERB JONES

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